Chesil & Fleet A to Z

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Special Area of Conservation. Chesil and Fleet are a designated SAC, number UK0017076. Click here for full information.
Scaly cricket A small insect, with a chestnut brown to grey body and pale legs, which are covered with minute scales. Wings are absent in both sexes so males cannot stridulate. Found only in 3 sites in the UK, including Chesil Beach. Click here for more information.
Seabarn A 68 metre high hill located in the mid-Fleet between Butterstreet Cove and Herbury. It is the highest hill along the Fleet. On top is the old control tower and landing pad for the navy helicopter firing range in Lyme Bay. There is also the remains of an ant-aircraft battery from WWII.
Septarian nodules See turtle stones
Shipwrecks There have been many shipwrecks on Chesil Beach, especially in the days of sail. This area was particularly dangerous as it forms an extended lea shore during south-westerly gales. A ship coming up the Channel had to clear Portland Bill to be safe, but the wind and tide would be pushing it northwards into Lyme Bay. Click here for a list of shipwrecks on the beach. A booklet 'Shipwrecks: Abbotsbury to Portland' compiled by Peter Trim is available from the Chesil Visitors Centre and lists the shipwrecks on Chesil Beach. Portland museum has a good display on the shipwrecks around Portland and the southern part of Chesil Beach.
Shrubby seablite Shrubby seablite, Suaeda vera, grows along the Fleet foreshore of Chesil Beach. It is a low shrub with evergreen leaves
Smallmouth The old channel for the Fleet into Portland Harbour. Cut off when the new Ferrybridge was built.
SPA Special Protection Areas are designated under the EU Habitats Directive. For information on the Chesil Beach and Fleet Lagoon SPA go to the JNCC website.
SSSI Site of Special Scientific Interest. Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon are a designated SSSI. Click here for details from the Natural England website.
St Catherine's Chapel Located between Abbotsbury and the upper Fleet at NGR SY572848. Click here for the Chapel's website and more information.
Subtropical gardens Located between Abbotsbury and Chesil Beach at NGR SY563851. Established in 1765 as the kitchen garden for the nearby castle. Click here for more details.
  Swannery Located on the shore of the upper Fleet near Abbotsbury at NGR SY 575841. Click here for more details.
  Tasselweed Beaked tasselweed, Ruppia maritima, and spiral tasselweed, Ruppia cirrhos, grow in the shallow waters of the mid and upper Fleet.
  Tern Island An artificial island to the west of Abbotsbury Swannery used by common terns for nesting. NGR SY572839.
  Tidmoor Cove The small cove to the south of Tidmoor Point. NGR SY645786
  Todds Todds boatbuilders were located on the north side of Ferrybridge. In later years specialised in making glass-fibre sonar domes for various navies. Now moved away from Weymouth.
Trow Torpedo works The Whitehead torpedo works was built on the north side of Smallmouth in 1891. More information is contained in the book 'the Centenary Story of the Whitehead Torpedo and Engineering Works, Ferrybridge, Wyke Regis' by Doug Hollings. Click here for more information.
The trow 'cygnus' Trow A small flat-bottomed boat for use in very shallow water. Much used on the Fleet. Good examples can be seen at Chickerell Hive Point and Langton Hive Point.
  Turtle stones A type of stone known as septarian modules found around Chickerell Hive Point. They have segmentation markings that resemble the back of a turtle. Also found at Radipole, Melbury Osmund and on Portland. When sliced and polished it is sometimes known as Melbury marble. Good examples of whole and sectioned turtle stones can be seen in Portland Museum.
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