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.
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.
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...read more
There were notable influxes of both Short-eared Owls and Cattle Egrets last winter, with at least ten of the former and up to fifty of the latter frequenting the fields around The Swannery and nearby Clayhanger Farm. The latter have only recently colonised Britain,...read more
Despite a slightly lower number of nests than the past two years, this year has still been a very productive one for the Common Terns on our island in the Fleet, at Abbotsbury Swannery. There were 70 pairs of terns nesting on the island, with 140 chicks hatching....read more