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With the current cold weather, the Fleet lagoon plays a vital role in providing shelter and food for thousands of water birds. Becoming relatively fresh water however, the western end of the Fleet is partial to freezing over. The images below shows  snow on Chesil Bank and the Swannery embayment half frozen over. The swans and other waterfowl can cope well with these conditions as there is plenty of natural food and other ‘non-frozen’ areas along the rest of the reserve for the to rest and feed. The essential necessity of these sheltered bays along the rest of the Fleet Lagoon really play their role at times like this. Let’s hope it warms up soon for the breeding season ahead!

Snow on Chesil Bank and frozen Fleet © Charlie Wheeler


Frozen embayment © Charlie Wheeler

Swans in the Fleet © Charlie Wheeler