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Chesil and the Fleet

This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:

SSSI Name Chesil and the Fleet
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Description

Nature and Geological Conservation Review site. Fleet designated a wetland of international importance under the Ransar Convention and a Special Protection Area under EEC Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds (79/409). Part of the SSSI lies within the West Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it lies wholly within the West Dorset Heritage Coast. The SSSI includes the Fleet Sanctuary Nature Reserve, the Dorset Trust for Nature Conservation West Bexington Reserve, and part of the National Trust’s Limekiln and Labour-inVain Farm. It is contiguous with the West Dorset Coast SSSI, the Portland Coast SSSI and the proposed Portland Harbour SSSI. Site boundary amended by extension and deletion. Part of the site previously and separately notified as Cogden Farm and Beach.

Interest Biological
Status Now Featured on NoD
My Notes The SSSI stretches some way along the coast line here and the Fleet and its inner coast can be accessed from several points, indeed the South West Coastal path runs along its complete length.

The information about this Site of Special Scientific Interest has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Natural England Distribution Map Species List Records List Some Photographs Guidance Notes

These sites featured on the Nature of Dorset fall within this SSSI. Click the site name to find out more about it. Alternatively, click the map logo above and see their location on a map and then view the site details from there:

Sites featured on the Nature of Dorset within this SSSI designation (Click to view details) Headline
West Bexington Nature Reserve and Cogden Beach

A large shingle beach to one side with reed bed and damp pasture behind


 

Ferrybridge and Portland Harbour

An area noted for wintering sea birds and water fowl but also a key site for many maritime flowers and associated insects.


 

Rodden Hive and Herbury Gore Nature Reserve

A favourite wintering place for waders and wildfowl as well as a good site for flowers and insects in summer.


 

Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens

The famous swannery at Abbotsbury and the nearby tropical gardens


 

Abbotsbury

A varied walk around Chapel Hill between Abbotsbury swannery and Abbotsbury gardens.