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Picture by Raenef

Picture by Raenef

Spotted nesting amongst the swans at the world famous Abbotsbury Swannery.  But what is it?   In my opinion it is not the Moorhen as described by the photographer as it lacks the distinctive red facial shield, but appears to be a Coot.

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Abbotsbury

A tour of the village of  Abbotsbury, another Dorset Ways video from KimSounds

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Bouncing Bomb

Bouncing Bomb by Jon Large

Bouncing Bomb by Jon Large

Barnes Wallis tested the first experimental bouncing bomb on the Fleet in March 1943. This display is housed at Abbotsbury Swannery at the western end of the Fleet

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Feeding Time at Abbotsbury Swannery by Anguskirk

Feeding Time at Abbotsbury Swannery by Anguskirk

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only managed colony of nesting mute swans in the world. The sanctuary has been caring for swans since at least the 14th century when they were a food source for the Monastery.

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St Catherines Chape; by Sean Johno

St Catherines Chapel by Sean Johno

St. Catherine’s Chapel rests on a hill a short distance to the south-west of the village of Abbotsbury. A notice inside records that once a year spinsters could pray to St. Catherine:

A husband, St. Catherine,
A rich one, St Catherine,
A nice one, St. Catherine,
And soon, St Catherine!

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The Village Butcher

The Village Butcher by Richard Slessor

© Richard Slessor and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

This traditional village Butcher’s Shop in Market Street, Abbotsbury once had its own slaughter house in Back Street, together with a farm that provided most of the meat sold in the shop.

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