Gallery

Trip To Dorset

Last week I went on holiday to Dorset. This area is one that I have not explored since my interest in wildlife started so I knew there would be lots of opportunities for wildlife encounters.

We arrived at the house where we would be staying and this lovely dragonfly appeared  on the washing line, surely a omen of good things to come.

 

Dragonfly

 

We were staying just down the road from the RSPB Arne reserve, this gave me an opportunity to see Sika deer close up, maybe too close.

Sika Deer

 

 

 

The site is also very good for raft spiders, we managed to find 12 of them in one pond!

Raft Spider

 

We also went to the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve on Brownsea Island, this is somewhere I hadn’t explored before (a big mistake), the reserve was teeming with waders with hundreds of Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Greenshank, some Dunlin, Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper, shelduck and 3 Spoonbill. What an amazing array of birds in one place

 

Greenshank

 

Dunlin

 

Shelduck

 

 

Common Sandpiper

 

Redshank

 

Of course Brownsea Island is also a important habitat for these charming Red Squirrels

 

 

 

 

We also went to Studland Bay, this site is great for reptiles, a huge thank to Steve Davis (@spuddrs) for inviing me to his reptile course where I learnt a lot about the native UK reptiles

Sand Lizard

 

Sand Lizard

 

Common Lizard

 

Common Lizard

 

It is also a good site for damselflies and dragonflies

 

 

 

It also has a variety of other insects there:

 

Wall Brown

 

Giant tachinid fly

 

Common Blue

 

Dorset also has some stunning scenery, I especially liked the colour of the heathlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some more photos from my trip:

Swallow

 

 

On the last evening of the holiday I went on a boat trip with the Dorset Wildlife Trust where I saw my first Fulmar and Sandwich Tern and had a different view of the scenery

 

 

The evening ended by watching the Bornemouth firework display from the boat, a perfect end to the holiday

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s