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Welcome to the Chesil Bank and Fleet Nature Reserve website. An informative hub dedicated to keeping you up to date and informed about this unique stretch of Dorset coastline.  
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Chesil Bank and Fleet Nature Reserve © Charlie Wheeler Photography

Please feel free have a look around. There is a selection of pages to browse through, just click from the drop down menu above. There is a ‘Gallery’ of images showcasing the varied fauna and flora of the reserve accompanied with a detailed ‘Species List’.

To the right hand side we have our ‘Reserve Team Blog’ letting you know what is happening ‘down on the ground’ and any news and events that are up and coming.  


Abbotsbury Beach Litter Pick - Saturday 3rd Sept 2016

Abbotsbury Beach Litter Pick – Saturday 3rd Sept 2016

Scarlet Tiger Moth

The Scarlet Tiger moth seen here was spotted at Abbotsbury Swannery. Once a very common sight at the Swannery, you do have to be lucky to see the few that are present. In particular areas of the walkways by the reed edge, ‘swarms’ of this tiger moths would...

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Beached Sprat

Beached fish Winds, falling tides and shallow waters are often the cause of a variety of marine life being washed up on many beaches from time to time. At the end of July, on Chesil at Abbotsbury, a considerable quantity of what is believed to have been sprats were...

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Sea Pea

Lathyrus japonicas Although ‘Nationally scarce’ due to its limited habitat, this pea grows in abundance on Chesil, especially towards the Western end. Its purple and white pea flowers, May – August, are later followed by 6cm long pea pods. Its seeds...

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Want to know what species are seen on the Fleet? Click on the image above!

 You can see a selection of great images taken by our team on and around the Fleet. Click on the image above!

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