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Abbotsbury Swannery on hand for animal lovers this summer
ANIMAL lovers of all ages can visit the unique Abbotsbury Swannery where swans can be hand fed this summer.
The village of Abbotsbury is situated near to Weymouth and is home to three main attractions; a unique swannery, subtropical gardens and a children’s farm.
Visitors can hand feed up to 600 swans at noon and 4pm daily, and there is a giant maze in the shape of a swan, a play area, café and gift shop.
This natural wildlife habitat is also popular with film makers and has been used as a location for various Harry Potter films.
John Houston, Manager of Abbotsbury Tourism, said: “The cygnets that began hatching in May are growing up well and give a sea of grey feathers amongst the typical white ones.
“Families and children can watch their natural progression, as well as enjoy the wider wildlife here at the children’s farm.
“We are approaching 88,000 visitors to the swannery so far since January, and are expecting over 100,000 or more by the end of the year.”
Also at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, visitors can take a peek at the magnificent 20 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world.
Many new and unusual flowers have been introduced to this fabulous Dorset Garden.
The facilities here include a restaurant, gift shop and a plant centre where many of the flowers grown in the garden can be purchased.
Abbotsbury Children’s Farm showcases lots of animals for children to meet, greet and feed too. Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area and bottle feed or walk the baby goats.
For more information visit abbotsburytourism.co.uk.
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