abbotsbury swannery

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Possible best places in the world: Abbotsbury Swannery. You can visit hatching cygnets, feed swans (mass feeding of up to 600 a day!), the gift shop is full of swan plushies, and even the cafe area has nest-shaped swings!

I don’t have any more words for how wonderful this place is.

"Cygnet hatching in Abbotsbury marks first day of summer"

via BBC News

(April 30, 2012) The first cygnet of the year at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset is the earliest since records began in 1393.

The hatching of the first cygnet is traditionally taken as a sign that summer is here.

A swanherd has been keeping records of cygnets born at the colony of mute swans since the late 14th Century…

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-17797371

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Nesting swans at the Swannery in Abbotsbury, Dorset

The swans have returned to breed at the world’s one and only swannery on the Fleet behind Chesil Beach in Dorset. They are such beautiful birds and remarkably chilled despite being busy building nests using reeds from the surrounding reed beds.

I have always thought of swans as aggressive birds, but these couldn’t have been more majestic or content. Spending an afternoon watching the breeding pairs prepare for this year’s brood was blissful. Both the male and female get involved with nest building. The swans are free to come and go as they please which is wonderful. Wild birds who simply value such a sheltered spot.