June 2020

Submitted by PeterOrchard on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 08:10

After a couple of months restricted to home during the peak of the Covid-19 virus we were able to start going out to local, quiet places for walks in June. The weather was generally dry but there always seemed to be strong breeze which sometimes one would better be calling a wind! Anyway, we managed to visit a good number of places around Wareham and district including rarely Bof Lane and Sunnyside Farm which were new sites I added to the Nature of Dorset recently. No real surprises amongst the records.

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A bright but breezy day so we took our favoured woodland walk

  • Foxgloves at their best now and worth the visit on their own!
  • Four-spotted chaser laying eggs in one of the ponds
  • Song thrush feeding young

Otherwise very quiet for both wildlife and visitors


A bright and breezy afternoon but pleasant enough; cooling breeze was welcome at times.

  • With no rain for weeks everywhere is parched and there are not many flowers to be seen
  • The damp meadow by the river is still a picture though with oxeye daisy, meadow buttercup and red clover
  • A few meadow brown about but not much else plus a displaying tree pipit

Despite being quite windy a pleasant, warm afternoon:

  • No damsels or dragons and no reptiles either but there were two roe deer
  • Silver studded blue and meadow brown about and a Volucella bombylans
  • Lots of dog-roses and surprised to find a bee orchid and yellow-wort



A warm, pleasant afternoon despite the breeze; ideal for a woodland walk:

  • Very quiet both in terms of people and wildlife
  • A grey squirrel, several blackbirds and singing wrens, not much else
  • Foxgloves still going stgrong and also yellow pimpernell

Sunny afternoon with occasional cloud and really quite warm:

  • Cetti's warbler, reed warbler and sedge warbler all in good voice
  • Path lined with flowers but dominated by hemlock water-dropwort
  • But again, very few insects, especially butterflies

Sunny again with white fluffy clouds and quite warm

  • The nationally scarce yellow bartsia in flower; a dozen or so plants
  • Keeled skimmer on the pond but otherwise few insects about
  • Still some orchids in flower and sundew in the more damp areas

A sunny but blustery afternoon so grateful for the protection of some trees:

  • Not the most interesting of walks but still topped 60 species
  • Very few birds but the swans on one of the lakes had eight well grown cygnets
  • The golf course and the scout camp eerily quiet for a Saturday

A sunny and quite warm afternoon but a really stiff breeze rather spoilt things a bit!

  • Good to see swallows feeding over the field; I guess they must be nesting close by
  • The stream is now dominated by hemlock water-dropwort but there seemed to be very few insects feeding on it
  • The display of rhododendrons is nearly over  for another year

Sunny again but the strong breeze never seems to go away

  • Lots of sand wasps on the path but they were too active to have any chance of identifying them
  • Rushy pond (see photo) seems to have been cleared; no damselflies today as a result
  • Only four butterflies of three species seen - in mid-June

A lovely afternoon for a walk along the coast from Ringstead to Osmington Mills and back:

  •  We got a little more than we expected with three laid up cruise liners just a little way off shore!
  • Far better were the large numbers of marbled whites and other butterflies on the many bramble flowers
  • As alwys in summer a nice selection of wild flowers; nothing notable but all lovely

Hottest day of the year so far so we headed for the shade of Bere Wood:

  • Six silver-washed fritillary seen
  • Plentiful meadow brown even in the depth of the woodland along with speckled wood, large skipper, gatekeeper and small white
  • Bracken now dominates the woodland floor so flowers are hard to come by and not one bird seen!

Big change in the weather to overcast, humid and windy

  • Surprising amount of yellow bartsia scattered in the meadows
  • a single flax plant, presumably a remnant of a previous crop here?
  • Otherwise the meadows full of more common flowers and grasses