SY5783 : Self Service

taken 2 years ago, near to Abbotsbury, Dorset, Great Britain

Self Service
Self Service
Whilst the majority of the colony of swans are content to wait in the Fleet at feeding time (SY5783 : Feeding Time at Abbotsbury Swannery), a small number chose to help themselves from the swanherd's wheelbarrow.
The Abbotsbury Swannery :: SY5784
The swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury during the 1040s. The monks farmed the swans to produce food for their lavish banquets. St Peterís Monastery was destroyed in 1539 as part of Henry VIIIís Dissolution. Since that time, the swannery sanctuary has been under the stewardship of the Ilchester Estates.

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only managed colony of nesting mute swans in the world. Its site around the western extremity of Fleet Lagoon is protected from the weather of Lyme Bay by Chesil Beach. Today, there are around 600 swans. They are free-flying birds and could choose to nest anywhere, but are obviously attracted by the Fleet Lagoon. Visitors can wander on small paths among the various nests. The swannery is open to the public between March and the end of October.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 18 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 23 June, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 574 839 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:39.2201N 2:36.1704W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 574 839
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Site of Special Scientific Interest  SSSI  Abbotsbury Swannery  Swans  Mute Swans  Wheelbarrow 

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