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.
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 ...