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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.  


Notice Board: Upcoming events, advisory notices, public information and highlights will be posted here.







The first White Stork to stop in at Abbotsbury Swannery

On Friday 18th September 2020, a White Stork dropped in to the outlying fields of Abbotsbury Swannery. There have been fly overs in the past, including a flock of 21, but this is the first to stop in. This individual is a ringed bird, coming from the Knepp White Stork...

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Irish Visitors to the Reserve

On the 25th July 2020 we were lucky to see several colour ringed Little Terns at the Western end of the Fleet, from the Swannery. One of which was a green ring 1XZ, this bird was ringed as a chick at Kilcoole, Co Wickford on 1/7/2015. This is the second Irish Little...

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Cormorants nest on the Reserve for the first time!

In 2019 Cormorants successfully nested and fledged young for the first time on the Reserve and they have repeated their success in 2020. This aquatic bird has made use of an old Tern platform. Up to 50 individual Cormorants can be seen perched on these wooded beams at...

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 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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