The not for profit, volunteer run, Community
Radio Station from Dorchester, covering Central-Southern Dorset

The not for profit, volunteer run, Community
Radio Station from Dorchester, covering Central-Southern Dorset

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Towards Dorchester from Ridgeway
Dorchester from The Keep
Queen Mother Square
Poundbury Fountain
Buttermarket Square
Brewery Square fountains
Weymouth Bay
Dorchester Borough Gardens
Custom House Quay, Weymouth, England
The Esplanade, Weymouth
Dorset bluebell wood
Chesil Beach from Portland
Maumbury Rings
The bridge at Lower Bockhampton
Towards Dorchester from Ridgeway
Towards Charminster from Poundbury Camp
Looking towards Weymouth and Portland from Hardy's Monument
Dorchester from The Keep
Queen Mother Square
Poundbury Fountain
Buttermarket Square
Brewery Square fountains
Weymouth Bay
Dorchester Borough Gardens
Custom House Quay, Weymouth, England
The Esplanade, Weymouth, England
Bluebell wood
Chesil Beach from Portland
Maumbury Rings
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Arrival of first cygnets at Abbotsbury Swannery – video

The arrival of the first cygnets at Abbotsbury Swannery is a major event in its calendar. The cute tiny cygnets are a draw for many tourists visiting the South West of the UK.

Unfortunately the other major event, the biennial roundup of around 700 to 800 swans, cannot be held this year because of Covid-19.

The roundup is when Swannery staff, the Reserve team and over 100 volunteers, over a two-day period, push Mute Swans along the Fleet up to Abbotsbury. This is possible when non-breeding Mute Swans go in to moult, meaning that for a short period of time they are unable to fly, most moult during July.

Once in the pens a team of catchers pass out the swans to volunteers who carry their swan throughout the processing stages to be health checked, weighed, vaccinated and re-ringed if needed, before being released back in to the Fleet.

In 2019 857 swans were caught and processed, including the resident Whooper who had been staying on the reserve since 2018.

For a bit of calmness in your life play this charming video by Geoff Moore, award winning travel blogger and writer, from The Travel Trunk

Cygnet at Abbotsbury Swannery