Abbotsbury Swannery information
Lonely Planet review
Every May some 600 free-flying swans choose to nest at this swannery, which shelters in the Fleet lagoon, protected by the ridge of Chesil Beach. It was founded by local monks about 600 years ago, and feathers from the Abbotsbury swans are still used in the helmets of the Gentlemen at Arms (the Queen's official bodyguard). Wandering the network of trails that wind between the swans' nests is an awe-inspiring experience that's punctuated by occasional territorial displays (think snuffling cough and stand-up flapping), ensuring that even the liveliest children are stilled.
The swannery is at the picturesque village of Abbotsbury, 10 miles from Weymouth off the B3157.