ABBOTSBURY SWANNERY

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ABBOTSBURY SWANNERY

This is, allegedly, the only place in the world where you can visit a colony of nesting Mute Swans. (Trust me, they are not mute).  A Benedictine monastery was established at Abbotsbury in the 11th century and the monks began farming swans - which often featured at medieval banquets. The monks have long gone, but the swans are still there (different ones, obviously). If you visit Abbotsbury Swannery these days, you'll find about 600 swans, all free to roam. The colony is established adjacent to a shallow lagoon, the Fleet, which lies behind Chesil Beach. It's a unique location.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
New Barn Road
Abbotsbury
Nr Weymout
County
Dorset
Post Code
DT3 4JG
Main Historic Period
N/A
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Abbotsbury Abbey (remains) and St Catherine's Chapel
Primary Management
Private - open to the public

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