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. Wednesday 30th September 2020

    Dorset Birds

    Red-throated Diver - 1 Camp Road The Fleet
    Whooper Swan - 2 Abbotsbury Swannery
    Balearic Shearwater - 6 past Portland Bill 

    Sooty Shearwater - 9 past Portland Bill
    White Stork - 1 off the A31 near Bere Regis
    Great Egret - 4 Lodmoor RSPB
    Osprey - 2 over Broadway/Upwey
    Merlin - 1 Christchurch Harbour
    Curlew Sandpiper - 2 Stanpit Marsh
    Knot - 27 Holes Bay
    Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB at mid-day (not seen this afternoon)
    Wood Sandpiper - 1 Lytchett Fields RSPB
    Arctic Tern - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
    Arctic Skua - 1 Hengistbury Head
    Little Gull - 1 Hengistbury Head
    Kittiwake - 37 Camp Road The Fleet
    Lapland Bunting - 1 Christchurch Harbour
    Redpoll - 93 Christchurch Harbour 
    Linnet - 520 Christchurch Harbour 

  2. 30th September

    Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre

    Overnight gusts that increased towards dawn, and the threat of mid-morning rain meant fieldwork was limited to the few stalwarts that were willing to watch the sea through buffeted telescopes. The result of that effort was the first signs of truly autumnal passage on the sea with nine Sooty Shearwaters in amongst the 10 Balearic Shearwaters. Skuas also began moving in earnest with three species recorded throughout the morning: a single juvenile Pomarine Skua, three Bonxies and six Arctics. The supporting cast was made up of all the common fare plus a strong showing of Kittiwakes topping 200 birds and a lone Tufted Duck. Passerine migrants were very thin on the ground at the Bill with just a Reed Bunting, Yellow Wagtail and a smattering of Hirundines. Away from the Bill, in some of the more sheltered areas of the island, singles of Firecrest and Goldcrest were accompanying a handful of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps around Church Ope and Bumpers Lane. 

    The long-staying Ferrybridge Little Stint © Simon Craft:

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