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The Reserve in winter

The Reserve in winter

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...
First cygnets hatch at Abbotsbury

First cygnets hatch at Abbotsbury

It’s that time of year again where we are seeing more and more fledglings starting to emerge and some birds, like the Dunnock, may already be on their second clutch of the year. The first cygnet of the year hatched this morning with a sibling joining it at...
It must be Easter!

It must be Easter!

It’s that time of year where Spring has sprung and all of our fauna and flora are setting up for a busy summer ahead, in particular…our bird life! The majority of our resident breeding birds should have set up their territories by now and started laying...
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...
First cygnets hatch at Abbotsbury Swannery!

First cygnets hatch at Abbotsbury Swannery!

 The first cygnets hatched at Abbotsbury on Saturday the 8th March. The pen laid 7 eggs in total and has been incubating the eggs for 5 weeks (35 days). As the pen only begins to incubate once her entire clutch has been laid, all 7cygnets will hatch within 24 hours of...