Posts Tagged ‘Dorset

19
Jul
17

Jurassic Coast

Earlier this month I took a hike to the south coast with some guests for a tour in Dorset. A series of nature walks gave us some great Nightjar views, a Fox with cubs, some rare orchids, a family of Polecats put on a fatal performance; we had some wonderful seabirds and mammals and that elusive reptile the Sand Lizard gave us a few sightings. A few photos follow. Sadly I shan’t be running this tour next year but it will make an appearance in the future I’m sure.

Dartford Warbler

Garden Warbler

Marbled White

Musk Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid

Rosel’s Bush Cricket

Wall Lizard

Great Green Bush Cricket

Stonechat

Black Darter

Bog Ashphodel

Common Tern

Keeled Skimmer

Rose Chafer

Sundew

Wolf Spider

Brown Long eared Bat

Harlequin Ladybird

Ruddy Darter

Small Red Damselfly

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29
Jul
16

The Jurassic Coast Wildlife Tour

Earlier this month we completed the Jurassic Coast Wildlife Tour to Dorset. Here’s further details of the tour and how to book a place on next years tour. The photos below are just some of what we saw this year.

Wall Lizard

Wall Lizard

Twayblade

Twayblade

Small Red Damselfly

Small Red Damselfly

Sika Deer

Sika

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern fledgling

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

Razorbills & Guillemots

Guillemots & Razorbills

Raft Spider

Raft Spider

Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal orchid

Nightjar

Nightjar

Musk Orchid

Musk Orchid

Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull

Marbled White

Marbled White

Lulworth Skipper

Lulworth Skipper

Large Red Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly

Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

Fragrant Orchid

Fragrant orchid

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler (2)

Dartford Warbler

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Spotted

Common Spotted Orchid

 

19
Jul
16

At last

We had been walking over the heath at Arne RSPB on the third day of our tour to Dorset. The Jurassic coast has lots of wildlife delights that made themselves available to us but none so much appreciated as on that day at Arne.

Written on the sightings board was a ‘Nightjar heard to call from the cafe garden’. Intriguing I thought. Upon enquiry with the warden on duty it had apparently been heard to churr at around nine o’clock that morning. It was now 5pm. Upon further enquiry I gleaned people in the cafe thought the churring had emanated from the car park. Those in the car park thought it came from the cafe. By my reasoning it had to be between the two, somewhere in a number of tall trees. I was told the trees had been scoured all day for a roosting bird without any luck.

Not to be deterred by the time elapsed since it had been heard, or the fact the area had been searched already, I explained to my ladies on the tour that we should take the opportunity to walk slowly to the cafe and shop looking carefully on all horizontal branches as we went. We completed a thorough search and … nothing!

As we got to the shop concentration broke and attention began to be diverted into buying bits and bobs. As purchases were made I thought I’d have a last look. Sitting on a bench I rose my bins and the first branch I checked … there it was. About 60 feet up in a tall oak. It sat, as they are inclined to do along the branch and intriguingly as the wind moved the surrounding vegetation it swayed. A master of disguise the Nightjar.

A sighting of a daytime roosting Nightjar has been a long time coming for me; more than 40 years. I was elated. After telling the warden, reserve staff as well as late leavers visiting the reserve came along to see him. I understand at the time of writing (9th July) he’s returned to the same branch and is still putting on a display to visitors.

Nightjar

 

16
Aug
14

The Jurassic Coast

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The early morning sun backlit the bracken and gorse revealing the silver threads of spiders webs. I was in Dorset overlooking the expanse of Poole Harbour doing a bit of investigation for our tour next year to the Jurassic Coast. Having walked a little too far I rested on a mound of soft green moss. A Spotted Flycatcher had come down from the trees and was making the most of the insect life on the edge of the heath. As I watched it fly catching I heard a Dartford Warbler’s raping call close by. I waited. Curiosity getting the better of it the bird soon revealed itself atop the gorse almost too close for the camera.

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Dartford Warbler




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