June 2020

Submitted by PeterOrchard on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 08:10

After a couple of months restricted to home during the peak of the Covid-19 virus we were able to start going out to local, quiet places for walks in June. The weather was generally dry but there always seemed to be strong breeze which sometimes one would better be calling a wind! Anyway, we managed to visit a good number of places around Wareham and district including BogLane and Sunnyside Farm which were new sites for us. No real surprises amongst the records.


 

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06-02-20

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04-06-20

A bright but breezy day so we took our favoured woodland walk

  • Foxgloves at their best now and worth the visit on their own!
  • Four-spotted chaser laying eggs in one of the ponds
  • Song thrush feeding young

Otherwise very quiet for both wildlife and visitors

08-06-20

A bright and breezy afternoon but pleasant enough; cooling breeze was welcome at times.

  • With no rain for weeks everywhere is parched and there are not many flowers to be seen
  • The damp meadow by the river is still a picture though with oxeye daisy, meadow buttercup and red clover
  • A few meadow brown about but not much else plus a displaying tree pipit
09-06-20

Despite being quite windy a pleasant, warm afternoon:

  • No damsels or dragons and no reptiles either but there were two roe deer
  • Silver studded blue and meadow brown about and a Volucella bombylans
  • Lots of dog-roses and surprised to find a bee orchid and yellow-wort

 

15-06-20

A warm, pleasant afternoon despite the breeze; ideal for a woodland walk:

  • Very quiet both in terms of people and wildlife
  • A grey squirrel, several blackbirds and singing wrens, not much else
  • Foxgloves still going stgrong and also yellow pimpernell
16-06-20

Sunny afternoon with occasional cloud and really quite warm:

  • Cetti's warbler, reed warbler and sedge warbler all in good voice
  • Path lined with flowers but dominated by hemlock water-dropwort
  • But again, very few insects, especially butterflies
17-06-20

Sunny again with white fluffy clouds and quite warm

  • The nationally scarce yellow bartsia in flower; a dozen or so plants
  • Keeled skimmer on the pond but otherwise few insects about
  • Still some orchids in flower and sundew in the more damp areas
20-06-20

A sunny but blustery afternoon so grateful for the protection of some trees:

  • Not the most interesting of walks but still topped 60 species
  • Very few birds but the swans on one of the lakes had eight well grown cygnets
  • The golf course and the scout camp eerily quiet for a Saturday
21-06-20

A sunny and quite warm afternoon but a really stiff breeze rather spoilt things a bit!

  • Good to see swallows feeding over the field; I guess they must be nesting close by
  • The stream is now dominated by hemlock water-dropwort but there seemed to be very few insects feeding on it
  • The display of rhododendrons is nearly over  for another year
22-06-20

Sunny again but the strong breeze never seems to go away

  • Lots of sand wasps on the path but they were too active to have any chance of identifying them
  • Rushy pond (see photo) seems to have been cleared; no damselflies today as a result
  • Only four butterflies of three species seen - in mid-June
23-06-20

A lovely afternoon for a walk along the coast from Ringstead to Osmington Mills and back:

  •  We got a little more than we expected with three laid up cruise liners just a little way off shore!
  • Far better were the large numbers of marbled whites and other butterflies on the many bramble flowers
  • As alwys in summer a nice selection of wild flowers; nothing notable but all lovely
24-06-20

Hottest day of the year so far so we headed for the shade of Bere Wood:

  • Six silver-washed fritillary seen
  • Plentiful meadow brown even in the depth of the woodland along with speckled wood, large skipper, gatekeeper and small white
  • Bracken now dominates the woodland floor so flowers are hard to come by and not one bird seen!
26-06-20

Big change in the weather to overcast, humid and windy

  • Surprising amount of yellow bartsia scattered in the meadows
  • a single flax plant, presumably a remnant of a previous crop here?
  • Otherwise the meadows full of more common flowers and grasses
Calendar Records
Displaying 1 - 520 of 520
Species Scientific Name Species Interest Location Notes
7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata
1
Bestwall Marsh

Present

Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria
1
Osmington Mills

Frequent

Sunnyside Farm

Frequent

Alder Bracket Inonotus radiatus
2
Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Present

American Willowherb Epilobium ciliatum
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Frequent

Annual Meadow-grass Poa annua
1
Stokeford Heath

Abundant

Sunnyside Farm

Very common

Barren Brome Anisantha sterilis
1
Stokeford Heath

Scarce

Bestwall Marsh

Occasional

Beaked Hawks-beard Crepis vesicaria
1
Slepe Heath

Occasional

Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera
3
Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Single plant found

Bell Heather Erica cinerea
1
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Frequent

Sunnyside Farm

Locally common

Slepe Heath

Abundant

Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus
1
Slepe Heath

Frequent

Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Osmington Mills

Scarce

Black Horehound Ballota nigra
2
Bestwall Marsh

Scarce

Black Medick Medicago lupulina
1
Stokeford Heath

Occasional

Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum
2
Slepe Heath

Present

Blackbird Turdus merula
1
Bestwall Marsh

Present

Osmington Mills

Present

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Several

Stokeford Heath

Several

Cole Wood

Several

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
1
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Present

Stokeford Heath

Several

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans
2
Bestwall Marsh

Present

Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta
1
Arne Nature Reserve

frequent

Bog Asphodel Narthecium ossifragum
2
Slepe Heath

Locally common

Bracken Pteridium aquilinum
1
Bestwall Marsh

Very common

Bere Wood

Abundant

Sunnyside Farm

Common

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Abundant

Stokeford Heath

Very common

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Very common

Slepe Heath

Common

Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg.
1
Sunnyside Farm

Very common

Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Osmington Mills

Very common

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Very common

Bestwall Marsh

Very common

Bere Wood

Very common

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Abundant

Cole Wood

Widespread

Stokeford Heath

Very common

Slepe Heath

Frequent

Bristly Oxtongue Picris echioides
2
Osmington Mills

Occasional

Broad Buckler-fern Dryopteris dilatata
1
Bere Wood

Frequent

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Common

Broad-leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius
1
Osmington Mills

Frequent

Broad-leaved Willowherb Elipobium montanum
1
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Occasional

Bere Wood

Scarce

Buff-tailed Bumble-bee Bombus terrestris
1
Stokeford Heath

Several

Bulbous Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus
2
Sunnyside Farm

Frequent

Bulbous Rush Juncus bulbosus
1
Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Slepe Heath

Frequent

Bush Vetch Vicia sepium
1
Bestwall Marsh

Common

Osmington Mills

Occasional

Buzzard Buteo buteo
2
Osmington Mills

Overhead

Carrion Crow Corvus corone
1
Stokeford Heath

Present

Cats-ear Hypochaeris radicata
1
Sunnyside Farm

Very common

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Common

Bestwall Marsh

Common

Osmington Mills

Common

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Common

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Very common

Stokeford Heath

Common

Slepe Heath

Very common

Cettis Warbler Cettia cetti
3
Bestwall Marsh

Present

Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
1
Sunnyside Farm

Present

Charlock Sinapis arvensis
3
Osmington Mills

Frequent

Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
1
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Present

Slepe Heath

Present

Sunnyside Farm

Several

Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae
1
Slepe Heath

Present

Cleavers Galium aparine
1
Stokeford Heath

Occasional

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Occasional

Osmington Mills

Common

Bestwall Marsh

Common

Climbing Corydalis Ceratocapnos claviculata
3
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Local

Cocks-foot Dactylis glomerata
1
Stokeford Heath

Common

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Sunnyside Farm

Common

Osmington Mills

Common

Bere Wood

Common

Bestwall Marsh

Very common

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Occasional

Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum
1
Bestwall Marsh

Several

Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum
1
Stokeford Heath

Present

Osmington Mills

Several

Bere Wood

Several

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Present

Common Centaury Centaurium erythraea
1
Slepe Heath

Frequent

Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Stokeford Heath

Occasional

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Present

Common Club-rush Schoenopletus lacustris
2
Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Taking over the top pond!

Common Comfrey Symphytum officinale
1
Stokeford Heath

Scarce

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Scarce

Bestwall Marsh

Frequent

Common Cottongrass Eriophorum angustifolium
2
Slepe Heath

Local

Common Couch Grass Elymus repens
1
Sunnyside Farm

Very common

Common Cow-wheat Melampyrum pratense
3
Bere Wood

Scarce

Common Hair-cap Moss Polytrichum commune
2
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Present

Common Mallow Malva sylvestris
2
Bestwall Marsh

Frequent

Stokeford Heath

Scarce

Osmington Mills

Scarce

Common Mouse-ear Cerastium fontanum
1
Slepe Heath

Occasional

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Occasional

Stokeford Heath

Frequent

Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Common Nettle Urtica dioica
1
Bestwall Marsh

Frequent

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Common

Sunnyside Farm

Common

Stokeford Heath

Very common

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Common

Osmington Mills

Common

Bere Wood

Local

Common Ragwort Senecio jacobaea
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Common

Sunnyside Farm

Common

Stokeford Heath

Frequent

Osmington Mills

Occasional

Common Reedmace Typha latifolia
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Local

Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Frequent

Stokeford Heath

Occasional

Sunnyside Farm

Frequent

Osmington Mills

Occasional

Common Sow-thistle Sonchus species
1
Osmington Mills

Frequent

Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii
3
Slepe Heath

Rare

Common Vetch Vicia sativa
1
Bestwall Marsh

Occasional

Compact Rush Juncus conglomeratus
1
Slepe Heath

Frequent

Sunnyside Farm

Frequent

Corn Spurrey Spergula arvensis
3
Sunnyside Farm

Scarce

Corsican Pine Pinus nigra maratima
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Common

Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens
1
Bere Wood

Occasional

Stokeford Heath

Common

Bestwall Marsh

Frequent

Slepe Heath

Occasional

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Frequent

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Common

Osmington Mills

Frequent

Cole Wood

Common

Creeping Cinquefoil Potentilla reptans
1
Stokeford Heath

Occasional

Osmington Mills

Frequent

Slepe Heath

Occasional

Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Cole Wood

Present

Creeping Thistle Cirsium arvense
1
Stokeford Heath

Common

Sunnyside Farm

Common

Osmington Mills

Frequent

Crested Dogs-tail Cynosurus cristatus
1
Bere Wood

Occasional

Stokeford Heath

Occasional

Cross Leaved Heath Erica tetralix
1
Slepe Heath

Common

Sunnyside Farm

Locally common

Crow Garlic Allium vineale
2
Osmington Mills

Scarce

Cultivated Flax Linum usitatissimum
3
Sunnyside Farm

Scarce

Curled Dock Rumex crispus
1
Osmington Mills

Occasional

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Occasional

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Frequent

Bestwall Marsh

Common

Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Daisy Bellis perennis
1
Slepe Heath

Occasional

Sunnyside Farm

Frequent

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Common

Stokeford Heath

Very common

Dandelion Taraxacum agg.
1
Stokeford Heath

Very common

Dog Rose Rosa canina
1
Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Bestwall Marsh

Common

Slepe Heath

Scarce

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Common

Osmington Mills

Occasional

Stokeford Heath

Occasional

Dor Beetle Geotrupes stercorarius
2
Bere Wood

Present

Downy Birch Betula pubescens
2
Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Occasional

Slepe Heath

Local

Dwarf Gorse Ulex minor
2
Sunnyside Farm

Locally common

Slepe Heath

Frequent

Enchanters-nightshade Circaea lutetiana
2
Bere Wood

Common

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Frequent

Eyebright Euphrasia agg
2
Slepe Heath

Scarce

Fat Hen Chenopodium album
1
Osmington Mills

Scarce

Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis
1
Osmington Mills

Occasional

Field Rose Rosa arvensis
2
Stokeford Heath

Scarce

Sunnyside Farm

Scarce

Flesh Fly Sarcophaga carnaria
1
Osmington Mills

Present

Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata
2
Arne Nature Reserve

Several

Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
1
Cole Wood

Frequent

Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Frequent

Bere Wood

Frequent

Stokeford Heath

Frequent

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Frequent

Garlic Mustard Alliaria Petiolata
1
Bestwall Marsh

Occasional

Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus
1
Osmington Mills

Numerous

Bere Wood

Numerous

Germander Speedwell Veronica chamaedrys
1
Stokeford Heath

Frequent

Cole Wood

Present

Giant Fescue Festuca gigantea
2
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Occasional

Osmington Mills

Occasional

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Giant Horsetail Equisetum telmateia
2
Osmington Mills

Local

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
1
Arne Nature Reserve

Several

Bestwall Marsh

Present

Stokeford Heath

Present

Gorse Ulex europaeus
1
Arne Nature Reserve

Abundant

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
1
Osmington Mills

Present

Great Willowherb Epilobium hirsutum
2
Osmington Mills

Local

Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus pedunculatus
2
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Bestwall Marsh

Common

Slepe Heath

Local

Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Greater Knapweed Centaurea scabiosa
2
Osmington Mills

Occasional

Greater Plantain Plantago major
1
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Common

Sunnyside Farm

Common

Osmington Mills

Common

Stokeford Heath

Very common

Bestwall Marsh

Common

Green Lacewing Chrysopa perla
3
Slepe Heath

Several

Greenbottle Lucilia caesar
1
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Numerous

Osmington Mills

Several

Bere Wood

Present

Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis
1
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Present

Cole Wood

Present

Arne Nature Reserve

Present

Stokeford Heath

Present

Grey Willow Salix cinerea
2
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Frequent

Ground Ivy Glechoma hederacea
1
Stokeford Heath

Common

Groundsel Senecio vulgaris
1
Stokeford Heath

Scarce

Bestwall Marsh

Present

Hard Fern Blechnum spicant
2
Bere Wood

Frequent

Harts-tongue Phyllitis scolopendrium
1
Osmington Mills

Occasional

Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Present (not in flower)

Hazel Corylus avellana
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Heath Bedstraw Galium saxatile
2
Slepe Heath

Frequent

Heath Speedwell Veronica officinalis
2
Slepe Heath

Frequent

Hedge Bedstraw Galium mollugo
1
Stokeford Heath

Local

Hedge Bindweed Calystegia sepium
1
Osmington Mills

Occasional

Bestwall Marsh

Common

Hedge Mustard Sisymbrium officinale
1
Bestwall Marsh

Scarce

Hedge Woundwort Stachys sylvatica
1
Osmington Mills

Scarce

Bere Wood

Scarce

Hemlock Water-dropwort Oenanthe crocata
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Very common

Osmington Mills

Frequent

Bestwall Marsh

Abundant

Hemp-agrimony Eupatorium cannabinum
1
Sunnyside Farm

Common

Osmington Mills

Occasional

Herb-Robert Geranium robertianum
1
Bestwall Marsh

Frequent

Cole Wood

Common

Sunnyside Farm

Frequent

Stokeford Heath

Common

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Frequent

Osmington Mills

Frequent

Arne Nature Reserve

Occasional

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Bere Wood

Common

Slepe Heath

Scarce

Herring Gull Larus argentatus
1
Osmington Mills

Several

Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium
1
Bestwall Marsh

Common

Stokeford Heath

Occasional

Sunnyside Farm

Common

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Occasional

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Osmington Mills

Frequent

Bere Wood

Scarce

Holly Ilex aquifolium
1
Bestwall Marsh

Occasional

Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Common

Bestwall Marsh

Occasional

Sunnyside Farm

Frequent

Bere Wood

Common

Hop Trefoil Trifolium campestre
2
Slepe Heath

Occasional

Stokeford Heath

Scarce

Hoverfly (E balteatus) Episyrphus balteatus
1
Sunnyside Farm

Several

Ivy Hedera helix
1
Osmington Mills

Common

Jay Garrulus glandarius
1
Stokeford Heath

Present

Ladys Bedstraw Galium verum
2
Osmington Mills

Occasional

Large Bindweed Calystegia silvatica
2
Sunnyside Farm

Scarce

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula
1
Bestwall Marsh

Present

Large Skipper Ochlodes venata
1
Osmington Mills

Present

Bere Wood

Present

Large White Pieris brassicae
1
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Present

Lesser Spearwort Ranunculus flammula
2
Slepe Heath

Frequent

Sunnyside Farm

Locally common

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Local

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Local

Lesser Stitchwort Stellaria graminea
1
Slepe Heath

Frequent

Stokeford Heath

Local

Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium
2
Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Slepe Heath

Common

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Occasional

Lichen (X parietina) Xanthoria parietina
1
Osmington Mills

Common

Magpie Pica pica
1
Osmington Mills

Present

Stokeford Heath

Present

Male-fern Dryopteris filix-mas
1
Bere Wood

Common

Stokeford Heath

Frequent

Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Common

Marbled White Melanargia galathea
2
Osmington Mills

Plentiful

Marsh Bedstraw Galium palustre
1
Bere Wood

Scarce

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Sunnyside Farm

Scarce

Marsh Cudweed Gnaphallium uliginosum
1
Sunnyside Farm

Scarce

Marsh Thistle Cirsium palustre
1
Slepe Heath

Scarce

Bestwall Marsh

Local

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Occasional

Marsh Valerian Valeriana dioica
3
Bestwall Marsh

Scarce

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Marsh Willowherb Epilobium palustre
3
Sunnyside Farm

Scarce

Marsh Woundwort Stachys palustris
2
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina
1
Osmington Mills

Plentiful

Slepe Heath

Several

Bere Wood

Plentiful

Cole Wood

Numerous

Bestwall Marsh

Several

Stokeford Heath

Numerous

Sunnyside Farm

Numerous

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Present

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Numerous

Meadow Buttercup Ranunculus acris
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Sunnyside Farm

Very common

Slepe Heath

Scarce

Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus
1
Bere Wood

Present

Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria
2
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Bestwall Marsh

Frequent

Mouse-ear-hawkweed Pilosella officinarum
1
Slepe Heath

Local

Mute Swan Cygnus olor
1
Stokeford Heath

Pair with 8 cygnets

Nipplewort Lapsana communis
1
Sunnyside Farm

Scarce

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Bestwall Marsh

Frequent

Stokeford Heath

Occasional

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Occasional

Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare
1
Stokeford Heath

Local

Bestwall Marsh

Occasional

Osmington Mills

Local

Peacock Inachis io
1
Arne Nature Reserve

Present

Bere Wood

Present

Bestwall Marsh

Several

Pendulous Sedge Carex pendula
1
Osmington Mills

Local

Perennial Rye-grass Lolium perenne
1
Sunnyside Farm

Common

Petty Spurge Euphorbia peplus
1
Stokeford Heath

Scarce

Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrellii
2
Stokeford Heath

Present

Pineappleweed Matricaria discoidea
1
Stokeford Heath

Common

Sunnyside Farm

Frequent

Purple Moor Grass Molinia caerulea
2
Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Very common