An image showing one of the swans on land in the foreground at the Abbotsbury swan sanctuary in Dorset.

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An image showing one of the swans on land in the foreground at the Abbotsbury swan sanctuary in Dorset.
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Abbotsbury Swannery is the only managed colony of nesting mute swans in the world. It is situated near the village of Abbotsbury in Dorset, 14 kilometres (9 mi) west of Weymouth on a 1-hectare (2-acre) site around the Fleet lagoon protected from the weather of Lyme Bay by Chesil Beach. The colony can number over 600 swans with around 150 pairs. Written records of the swannery’s existence go back to 1393 but it probably existed well before that.
Location: New Barn Rd, Abbotsbury, Dorset DT3 4JG, UK.