News Desk

NEWS DESK: The latest news about the nature of Dorset as well as new material added to the Nature of Dorset:

  • It includes blogs from some conservation organisations who report daily on what has been seen by their project
  • It includes notification of new content on the main Nature of Dorset website
  • It includes selected tweets from conservation organisations about events or activities 


This is a digest of news items to the Nature of Dorset in the last 24 hours. It includes sightings lists, news and blog entries from conservation organisations where their websites provide RSS feeds and also access to some of the other information I glean from Twitter each day relative to nature in Dorset Some of these posts may have been truncated to make the page viewable. You can see the whole of an article by clicking on its title You can also click on the title to comment on the article if you wish.  


  1. PortlandBirdObs: RT @infocus_Swest: Optics Day @PortlandBirdObs Dorset @DorsetWildlife next Sunday 16th August @countryinnov call Keith on 07307698798 for f…

    PortlandBirdObs: RT @infocus_Swest: Optics Day @PortlandBirdObs Dorset @DorsetWildlife next Sunday 16th August @countryinnov call Keith on 07307698798 for f…

    Records Source
    Portland Bird Observatory
    PeterOrchard Mon, 08/10/2020 - 06:51
    Records Date

  2. Sightings - Monday 10th August 2020

    Dorset Birds

    Osprey - 1 over Southwell Portland, 1 Christchurch Harbour
    Wood Sandpiper -  1 Lodmoor
    Green Sandpiper - 5 Christchurch Harbour
    Spotted Redshank  - 1 Lytchett Fields
    Great Egret - 1 Arne
    Pied Flycatcher - 8 Portland, 2 Durlston CP, 1 Corfe Mullen

    Whimbrel copyright Clinton Whale

  3. Sightings - Sunday 9th August 2020

    Dorset Birds

     Great White Egret - 1 at Longham Lakes, 1 at Lodmoor
    Cattle Egret - 5 Lytchett Fields RSPB 3 Abbotsbury
    Eurasian Spoonbill - 5 Brownsea Island
    Red Kite - 1 Powerstock Common
    Western Osprey - 1 Holten Lee early evening, 2 Ham Common this morning
    Curlew Sandpiper - Holes Bay
    Spotted Redshank - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
    Greenshank - 14 Lytchett Fields RSPB
    Green sandpiper - 26 Lytchett Fields RSPB
    Common sandpiper - 1 Sturminster Marshall Gravel pits
    Whinchat - 2 at Ringstead
    Wheatear - 4 Ringstead, 5 Burton Bradstock, 3 St Aldhelms Head
    Spotted Flycatcher - 1 Ballard Down, 7 Arne, 2 Powerstock Common, feeding young
    Pied Flycatcher - 2 Ballard Down
    Crossbill - 7 Ringstead

    Dartford Warbler, Hengistbury Head © David Wareham

  4. Sightings - Saturday 8th August 2020

    Dorset Birds

    Great White Egret – Longham Lakes

    Common Quail – Male calling at Kingdown

    Red Kite – Woodville North Dorset

    Honey Buzzard – heading West, viewed from East Lulworth and Wareham Channel

    Osprey – 3 viewed from Ham Common viewpoint over the Wareham Channel

    Northern Wheatear (female) Woodville

    Pied Flycatcher – Arne and Rushcombe, Corfe Mullen

    3 Spotted Flycatchers – Lamberts Castle

    Rose-coloured Starling – Ferrybridge on the roof of the Chesil Beach visitor Centre and at Wyke Regis

  5. Sightings - Friday 7th August 2020

    Dorset Birds

    Balearic Shearwater – Portland 

    Osprey – Stanpit Christchurch 

    Marsh Harrier – Priory Marsh Christchurch

    5 Common Sandpiper – Stanpit Christchurch

    Greenshank – Stanpit  Christchurch

    Whimbrel – Stanpit Christchurch 

    Great Skua (Bonxie )- Portland

    3 Little Terns - Stanpit Christchurch

    Wryneck– Radipole this morning

  6. 10th August

    Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre

    Hot news of rather more significant migration events on the East Coast dampened our enjoyment of another small arrival of common migrants even if it did provide some anticipation of a trickle down to look forward to. From being notable absentees Pied Flycatchers were elevated in one fell swoop to being one of the day's most conspicuous arrivals with 6 at the Bill and at least another 3 around the centre of the island; Willow Warbler and Wheatear maintained top spot for numbers, reaching 40 apiece at the Bill, with 2 Spotted Flycatchers the best of the rest on the ground there. Overhead, Tree Pipits totalled 7 at the Bill, with the likes of 2 Kestrels, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Siskin providing additional vis-mig interest there. A Greenshank was the pick of the waders at Ferrybridge.

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