Abbotsbury Swannery
Abbotsbury Swannery
Mute swans have been nesting in this sheltered spot in the lea of the shingle beach of Chesil Bank for over 600 years. A sanctuary for the swans was established at least as early as 1393 by monks of the nearby Benedictine abbey.

Hundreds of swans nest here every year, and at any one time there may be as many as 1000 swans in the sanctuary. From late May to late June visitors may wander in amongst the swans and observe the newborn cygnets at close hand. Visitors can watch the swans being fed at 12noon and 4pm daily, an audio-visual show runs every hour, and there is an ugly duckling trail for children.