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Ilchester Estates

The bed of the Fleet and Chesil Beach adjacent to the Fleet, and much of the land area around the upper Fleet, is owned by the Ilchester Estates. The Estates are based at Melbury House north of Dorchester, but have a local office in Abbotsbury.
Interceptor Drain Part of the flood defence scheme at Chiswell. See 'Flood channel' for more details.
Japanese seaweed Sargassum muticum arrived in Britain in 1971 and first appeared in the Isle of Wight. In successive years it spread along the south coast to the Fleet. For some years it dominated the environment despite a number of attempts to limit its impact. It then naturally died back to a much lower level of occupancy in the Narrows and lower Fleet. Currently the amount of growth is dependant on a number of factors and varies from year to year. For a discussion on the impact of this invasive species see the JNCC website here.
Langton Herring A small village close to the Mid-Fleet. NGR SY614826. Has a quaint village hall, an old church, and the Elm Tree Inn, which caters for walkers along the shore of the Fleet.
Lerret A double-ended open fishing boat 16-17 feet long and used for seine net fishing off Chesil Beach. Usually rowed by four people with a fifth to steer and deploy the net. Click here for more information.
Litter Marine litter is a major problem on Chesil Beach. South-westerly gales bring in a wide range of material, both natural and man-made. Most of this stays on the seaward side of the beach but the lighter plastics blow over into the Fleet., sometimes in large quantities. Regular litter picks are organised by the Chesil Visitor Centre volunteers to help alleviate this problem. If you are using the area around the Fleet please take your litter home rather than worsening this problem.
  Little egret Egretta garzetta. A medium-size member of the heron family. Pure white plumage and black legs. Until recently this was a very rare visitor to the UK, but is now regularly seen along the shores of the Fleet.
  Littlesea The open area of water just above the Narrows.
  Lower Fleet The Fleet below the Narrows down to Ferrybridge.
  Lynch Cove The small bay immediately north of the Narrows and adjacent to Littlesea Holiday Park. NGR SY650782
  MacMillan Way A long distance footpath from Boston in Lincolnshire to Chesil Beach at Abbotsbury. See the Ramblers website for more details.
  Maps The best map of the area is the Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL15. This is a 1:25,000 map and includes a lot of additional information for outdoor activities. However, one problem is that the Chesil Beach area is on the back of the sheet, so be prepared to re-fold the map the other way round!
  Mere A large body of water at the southern end of Chesil Beach. It used to lie between Chesil Beach and the second tombolo linking Portland to the mainland. The area was developed by the MoD initially as an oil storage area, but later it became the Portland Heliport. It is now being re-developed as the RYA sailing centre. See the old postcard section of this website for pictures of the Mere as it used to be 100 years ago.
  Mid-Fleet The part of the Fleet north of the Narrows and south of Rodden Hive Point.
  Minesweeping Range The Royal Navy operated a minesweeping trials range off West Bexington for some years following WWII. It was abandoned in the mid-1980's. The cables come ashore under Chesil Beach at the West Bexington car park. The range control building can be seen behind the car park and one of the theodolite stations can still be seen near the entrance to the Cogden Beach car park alongside the B3157.
  Moonfleet A book about smuggling by J. Meade Faulkner set in the area around Fleet Village. The full text can be downloaded here. or a precis can be found here.
  Mullet The grey mullet is a common fish of the Fleet, occurring in large numbers along its entire length.
  Narrows The narrow channel linking the mid-Fleet and the lower Fleet.
Last updated 21/10/2011 Copyright ©2007 Chickerell BioAcoustics