July 2020

Submitted by PeterOrchard on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 16:56

The Covid-19 restrictions and risks associated with mixing with visitors to the area meant another month staying close to home. Thankfully the weather remained generally kind.

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A bit overcast and windy so the woodland at Arne seemed to offer shelter:

  • As I have recorded most of Arne that I am likely to see just concentrated on 'specials' today
  • First marbled white I have ever seen at Arne though
  • The birch woodland, downy birch, never ceases to amaze

A decent afternoon and just right for a stroll at Kilwood:

  • 88 species recorded without really trying! 
  • Good numbers of butterflies about but not a great range of species
  • Kilwood clay pits have changed so much in the 15 years we have been visiting

We needed a flat easy walk today so decided on the path down to the Middlebere hide:

  • Surprised to find the hide open but we were the only ones there anyway!
  • Apart from the gulls there seemed to very few birds or other species
  • Two pyramidal orchids along the path were new and a little unexpected

Bright and breezy again; time for a return visit to Sandford Heath:

  • Found a new site for bee-wolf; they do seem to be getting established here on the sry heaths now
  • The pond was surprisingly quiet with no dragonflies or damselflies although there was a golden-ringed dragonfly nearby
  • The first time I have seen a common lizard here although they must surely be numerous 

After a grey morning we were treated to warm sunshine for our afternoon walk to Rushton Farm:

  • Acres of green pasture with no flowers and 'waste' ground around the farm covered in them!
  • Common field grasshoppers abundant and a few meadow grasshoppers too
  • Some butterflies about and surprised to see a marbled white; they seem to be everywhere this year

Gloriously sunny up on the Purbeck Ridge but a bit breezy!

  • At last, I found one of my targets; the scarce Pale St John's-wort
  • Most of the usuals chalk downland flora present but not many butterflies
  • Stonehill is worth the visit just for the views

A bright but very breezy afternoon so a return to Cole Wood seemed a good choice:

  • Most of the flowers are over now so paid a bit more attention to other things
  • Having visited not long ago I really just looked for what was new
  • Some butterflies about but no silver-washed fritillary this time

An overcast and breezy afternoon with a threat of rain so time for a  visit to Bog Lane where it provides a bit of shelter:

  • Just new and notable species in the records today
  • Still added 30 new species for the site taking it to 118 in total
  • More dogs than I have seen there before so not many animals/birds about!

A breezy afternoon but sunny so off to Sunnyside!

  • Everywhere is so dry and most of the flora is now over
  • Another new site for marbled white
  • Just new species recorded as we visited quite recently

Sunny today but that chilly, brisk breeze will not go away:

  • Our walk along the river started from the 'hospital' car park today
  • The resident swan couple have four lovely signets about half grown now
  • Various willowherb species undoubtedly flowers of the day

Sunny and warm for a walk on the heath but stil that breeze will not go away:

  • It is very dry, I have never seen so few flowers on Middlebere in summer
  • Common centaury is prospering though, including white ones that I cannot recall seeing before
  • The bee-wolf colony seems to be doing well

A very hot afternoon so we made for the shade in Bere Wood:

  • I am amazed I have never noticed this avenue of beech trees in the middle of the wood before
  • Lots of gatekeepers on the brambles although the bramble flowers are nearly over now
  • We did not see or hear a single bird again ...