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The shortest day of the year

The shortest day of the year

With Christmas fast approaching and today being the shortest day of the year, the Fleet really is in the depths of winter. However, with the recent mild weather we’ve had coupled with the delightfully calm days, it’s hard to believe that January is just...
End of the season!

End of the season!

As the sun sets on another ‘Open’ season at the Swannery, it marks the beginning of the Winter season on the reserve. Lots of winter wildfowl have already made their way to the Fleet, including the anticipated arrival of Brent Geese. Increasing numbers of...
Whooper Swans at Abbotsbury Swannery

Whooper Swans at Abbotsbury Swannery

A lovely sight this morning on the Fleet, specifically within the Swannery embayment. Two ‘fresh in’ Whooper swans that have migrated South all the way from their breeding grounds in Iceland (as most British wintering birds originate, although a few may...
Osprey with catch of the day!

Osprey with catch of the day!

From Sunday 11th until Tuesday 13th September an Osprey was showing well within the Abbotsbury embayment. This migrant raptor is seen annually on the Fleet, passing through on its passage to and from West Africa and Northern Europe. Individuals are commonly seen...
Whitethroat

Whitethroat

A male Common Whitethroat, performing a territorial song flight at Langton Herring. This migratory species has come from the Sahel at the south of the Sahara. It is a common breeding bird within the scrub along the hinterland of the...