Up the Swannery with a profitable paddle

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Alan Payling suggests that a visit to Abbotsbury Swannery and the nearby Subtropical Gardens in Dorset offers a unique and memorable day out

Is there a more graceful and elegant creature than a mute swan? For sheer poise and grace, is there another bird that so enchants and delights everyone that has the pleasure to see one or more as they glide across the country’s lakes and rivers? For my money, the sight of a swan takes some beating. And one of the biggest collections of mute swans in the world might just enable operators to keep their passengers very happy if they offer an excursion to the Swannery at Abbotsbury, betwixt Weymouth and Lyme Regis in Dorset.

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