The huge nests were everywhere, even on the footpaths. The swans didn't seem to mind many pairs of feet walking past them. Large dustbin lid like dishes are put next to the nests and topped up with water and food. In the wild the swan would have to leave the nest to forage for sustenance, leaving the eggs and chicks vulnerable to predators. Having everything close to hand means the chick survival rate is higher.
Mother swan was close by watching over her babies.
A lovely sight to see, but at £9, rather expensive to get in ;0( Never mind, I'll square it up with a cheapy walking day.
I had a longish drive to my next Hostel at Salcombe, time to leave Dorset and go to Devon. But look what I found when I got there :o) Although I had a map the hostel signs are usually quite easy to follow. This one seemed to take ages to find, just as I thought I was getting close yet another hairpin bend and a steep hill to climb. Crawling along in first gear I wondered what would happen if I met someone coming in the opposite direction, thankfully it was late and I didn't.
This magnificent Edwardian building is high up overlooking the Salcombe Estuary. It is set in the National Trust gardens of Overbecks. I was lucky enough to be the only female guest so once again I had a room to myself. The window at the top right hand corner of the photo is where I slept, I felt like I was the lady of the manor.