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Picture by neiljs

Picture by neiljs

Highcliffe Castle is a Grade I listed building owned by Christchurch Borough Council. It was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. It has been described as “the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture.”The Castle was built on the site previously occupied by High Cliff, a Georgian mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute (a founder of Kew Gardens), with grounds laid out by Capability Brown.

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“If I Only Had Time” is sung here by the Dorset Police Male Voice Choir at the Christchurch Priory: They are based in Bournemouth under the leadership of Doug Bloom.

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Black Swans

Picture by Tony

Picture by Tony

These Australian natives are a long way from home on the river Stour at Christchurch. The Black Swan is also very popular as an ornamental waterbird in Western Europe, especially Britain, and escapes are commonly reported. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust recorded a maximum of nine breeding pairs in the UK in 2001, with an estimate of 43 feral birds in 2003/04.

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Picture by David Butcher

Picture by David Butcher

The view across Christchurch harbour from Hengisbury Head with the Mudeford beach huts and land train in the foreground.

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Ardea Cinerea

Picture by Tony

Picture by Tony

Better known as the Grey Heron this one was spotted sitting on the bank of the River Stour at Muscliffe, near Christchurch.

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Christchurch Priory

Picture by Tony

Picture by Tony

The story of Christchurch Priory goes back to at least the middle of the 11th century, as Domesday says there was a priory of 24 secular canons here in the reign of Edward the Confessor.

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Christchurch Castle

Picture by Nick Lansley

Picture by Nick Lansley

Christchurch Castle was built for the Earl of Devon in the 12th century and ‘slighted’ following the Civil War

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