July 2020

Submitted by PeterOrchard on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 16:56

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.


 

Displaying 1 - 12 of 12
02-07-20

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
06-07-20

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
08-07-20

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
13-07-20

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 
16-07-20

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
17-07-20

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
18-07-20

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
23-07-20

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!
24-07-20

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
28-07-20

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
29-07-20

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
31-07-20

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 ...

 

Calendar Records
Displaying 1 - 620 of 620
Species Scientific Name Species Interest Location Notes
Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Cole Wood

Scarce

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Alder Alnus glutinosa
1
Wareham Common - West

Occasional

American Willowherb Epilobium ciliatum
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Scarce

Ash Fraxinus excelsior
1
Bere Wood

Occasional

Banded Agrion Calopteryx splendens
2
Holmebridge

Present

Beaked Hawks-beard Crepis vesicaria
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Local

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Holmebridge

Occasional

Wareham Common - West

Frequent

Middlebere Heath

Occasional

Bee-wolf Philanthus triangulum
4
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Numerous

Middlebere Heath

Several

Beech Fagus sylvatica
2
Bere Wood

Occasional

Bell Heather Erica cinerea
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Local

Middlebere Heath

Common

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Betony Stachys officinalis
2
Bere Wood

Scarce

Cole Wood

Scarce

Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus
1
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Frequent

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Common

Middlebere Heath

Frequent

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Holmebridge

Scarce

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Frequent

Cole Wood

Occasional

Bittersweet Solanum dulcamara
1
Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Black Horehound Ballota nigra
2
Holmebridge

Occasional

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Black Medick Medicago lupulina
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Middlebere Farm

scarce

Black Nightshade Solanum nigrum
2
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
1
Middlebere Farm

Plentiful

Blackbird Turdus merula
1
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Present

Wareham Common - West

Present

Middlebere Farm

Present

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
1
Middlebere Farm

Present

Bog Pondweed Potamogeton polygonifolius
1
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Local

Borage Borago officinalis
3
Holmebridge

Scarce

Bracken Pteridium aquilinum
1
Middlebere Farm

Common

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Common

Holmebridge

Very common

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Very common

Cole Wood

Very common

Middlebere Heath

Very common

Wareham Common - West

Common

Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg.
1
Wareham Common - West

Common

Middlebere Farm

Very common

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Common

Holmebridge

Very common

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Common

Middlebere Heath

Very common

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Very common

Branched Bur-reed Sparganium erectum
2
Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Broad Buckler-fern Dryopteris dilatata
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Cole Wood

Frequent

Broad-leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius
1
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Frequent

Cole Wood

Common

Wareham Common - West

Common

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Holmebridge

Frequent

Broad-leaved Pondweed Potamogeton natans
2
Wareham Common - West

Local

Broad-leaved Willowherb Elipobium montanum
1
Cole Wood

Frequent

Buff-tailed Bumble-bee Bombus terrestris
1
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Numerous

Holmebridge

Numerous

Middlebere Farm

Numerous

Bulbous Rush Juncus bulbosus
1
Cole Wood

Occasional

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Frequent

Bush Vetch Vicia sepium
1
Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Bere Wood

Scarce

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Butchers-broom Ruscus aculeatus
3
Bere Wood

Scarce

Butterfly Bush Buddleja davidii
1
Cole Wood

Scarce

Wareham Common - West

Scarce

Cats-ear Hypochaeris radicata
1
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Frequent

Middlebere Farm

Common

Holmebridge

Common

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Common

Wareham Common - West

Frequent

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Common

Charlock Sinapis arvensis
3
Holmebridge

Scarce

Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae
1
Middlebere Farm

Caterpillars

Cleavers Galium aparine
1
Cole Wood

Common

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Frequent

Holmebridge

Occasional

Middlebere Farm

Common

Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Common

Clustered Dock Rumex conglomeratus
3
Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Cocks-foot Dactylis glomerata
1
Wareham Common - West

Very common

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Common

Cole Wood

Common

Comma Polygonia c-album
1
Middlebere Farm

Present

Common Blue Polyommatus icarus
2
Sunnyside Farm

Several

Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Numerous

Common Centaury Centaurium erythraea
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Occasional

Middlebere Heath

Very common

Common Comfrey Symphytum officinale
1
Holmebridge

Occasional

Common Couch Grass Elymus repens
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Abundant

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Present

Common Evening-primrose Oenanthe biennis
2
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Common Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus
1
Holmebridge

Abundant

Common Figwort Scrophularia nodosa
2
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Scarce

Cole Wood

Scarce

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Common Fleabane Pulicaria dysenterica
1
Wareham Common - West

Common

Common Horsetail Equisetum arvense
2
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Local

Holmebridge

Scarce

Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara
2
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Present

Common Mallow Malva sylvestris
2
Holmebridge

Occasional

Wareham Common - West

Scarce

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Common Mouse-ear Cerastium fontanum
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Holmebridge

Occasional

Common Nettle Urtica dioica
1
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Common

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Local

Cole Wood

Common

Wareham Common - West

Very common

Middlebere Farm

Frequent

Holmebridge

Very common

Middlebere Heath

Occasional

Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus
2
Bere Wood

Locally common

Common Ragwort Senecio jacobaea
1
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Common

Holmebridge

Frequent

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Wareham Common - West

Common

Middlebere Heath

Frequent

Middlebere Farm

Frequent

Common Ramping-fumitory Fumaria muralis
2
Wareham Common - West

Scarce

Common Reed Phragmites australis
1
Holmebridge

Locally common

Wareham Common - West

Frequent

Common Reedmace Typha latifolia
1
Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Common Rock-rose Helianthemum nummularium
2
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Frequent

Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa
1
Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Frequent

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Cole Wood

Occasional

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Common Sow-thistle Sonchus species
1
Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Holmebridge

Occasional

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Occasional

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Present

Cole Wood

Scarce

Common Storksbill Erodium cicutarium
2
Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris
1
Middlebere Farm

Present

Compact Rush Juncus conglomeratus
1
Holmebridge

Scarce

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Cole Wood

Occasional

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Scarce

Crack Willow Salix fragilis
1
Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Common

Middlebere Heath

Occasional

Holmebridge

Common

Wareham Common - West

Frequent

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Common

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Occasional

Creeping Cinquefoil Potentilla reptans
1
Holmebridge

Occasional

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Middlebere Farm

Frequent

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Creeping Thistle Cirsium arvense
1
Holmebridge

Common

Wareham Common - West

Very common

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Middlebere Farm

Frequent

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Common

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Cross Leaved Heath Erica tetralix
1
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Common

Crow Garlic Allium vineale
2
Holmebridge

Scarce

Middlebere Farm

Scarce

Curled Dock Rumex crispus
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Wareham Common - West

Common

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Frequent

Daisy Bellis perennis
1
Holmebridge

Occasional

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Middlebere Farm

Frequent

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Occasional

Dandelion Taraxacum agg.
1
Holmebridge

Common

Dog Rose Rosa canina
1
Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Doves-foot Cranesbill Geranium molle
1
Holmebridge

Scarce

Downy Birch Betula pubescens
2
Holmebridge

Local

Dwarf Gorse Ulex minor
2
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

Middlebere Heath

Common

Dwarf Thistle Cirsium acaulon
2
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Common

Enchanters-nightshade Circaea lutetiana
2
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Frequent

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Occasional

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Arne Nature Reserve

Occasional

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Very common

Cole Wood

Common

English Elm Ulmus procera
3
Sunnyside Farm

Scarce

English Stonecrop Sedum anglicum
3
Middlebere Heath

Scarce

European Larch Larix decidua
1
Bere Wood

Local

Eyebright Euphrasia agg
2
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Frequent

Middlebere Heath

Occasional

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Fairy Flax Linum catharticum
3
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Occasional

Fat Hen Chenopodium album
1
Holmebridge

Occasional

Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
2
Middlebere Farm

Rare

Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis
1
Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Arne Nature Reserve

Occasional

Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Field Pepperwort Lepidium campestre
1
Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Field Scabious Knautia arvensis
2
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Scarce

Fleabane Tortoise Beetle Cassida murraea
4
Wareham Common - West

Present

Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
1
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Occasional

Holmebridge

Scarce

Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus
1
Cole Wood

Several

Numerous

Holmebridge

Several

Wareham Common - West

Numerous

Middlebere Farm

Several

Germander Speedwell Veronica chamaedrys
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Middlebere Farm

Several

Gipsywort Lycopus europaeus
3
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Goat Willow Salix caprea
1
Wareham Common - West

Frequent

Goats-beard Tragopogon pratensis
2
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Scarce

Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii
2
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Present

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
1
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Several

Great Marsh Bedstraw Galium elongatum
2
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Scarce

Holmebridge

Scarce

Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Great Mullein Verbascum thapsus
2
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Scarce

Great Willowherb Epilobium hirsutum
2
Middlebere Farm

Local

Wareham Common - West Frequent
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Scarce

Cole Wood

Occasional

Sunnyside Farm

Occasional

Holmebridge

Occasional

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus pedunculatus
2
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Holmebridge

Occasional

Wareham Common - West

Common

Cole Wood

Local

Arne Nature Reserve

Occasional

Greater Knapweed Centaurea scabiosa
2
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Scarce

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Greater Plantain Plantago major
1
Wareham Common - West

Common

Middlebere Farm

Frequent

Holmebridge

Common

Middlebere Heath

Local

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Common

Bere Wood

Occasional

Cole Wood

Frequent

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Local

Green Woodpecker Picus viridis
3
Middlebere Farm

Present

Groundsel Senecio vulgaris
1
Wareham Common - West

Scarce

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Hard Fern Blechnum spicant
2
Cole Wood

Occasional

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Locally common

Harebell Campanula rotundifolia
2
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Frequent

Harts-tongue Phyllitis scolopendrium
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Wareham Common - West

Scarce

Cole Wood

Frequent

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Common

Hazel Corylus avellana
1
Bere Wood

Common

Hedge Bedstraw Galium mollugo
1
Cole Wood

Scarce

Hedge Bindweed Calystegia sepium
1
Holmebridge

Frequent

Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Occasional

Hedge Mustard Sisymbrium officinale
1
Middlebere Farm

Scarce

Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Hedge Woundwort Stachys sylvatica
1
Middlebere Farm

Scarce

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Holmebridge

Occasional

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Occasional

Hemlock Water-dropwort Oenanthe crocata
1
Middlebere Farm

Local

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Holmebridge

Common

Hemp-agrimony Eupatorium cannabinum
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Wareham Common - West

Frequent

Holmebridge

Occasional

Herb-Robert Geranium robertianum
1
Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Holmebridge

Frequent

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Common

Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Ocasional

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Frequent

Herring Gull Larus argentatus
1
Middlebere Farm

Numerous

Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium
1
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Occasional

Middlebere Farm

Frequent

Cole Wood

Common

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Holmebridge

Frequent

Holly Ilex aquifolium
1
Middlebere Farm

Frequent

Middlebere Heath

Occasional

Bere Wood

Frequent

Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus
1
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Present

Cole Wood

Present

Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum
1
Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Hop Trefoil Trifolium campestre
2
Middlebere Farm

Scarce

Horse-chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum
1
Sunnyside Farm

Scarce

House Sparrow Passer domesticus
1
Wareham Common - West

Numerous

Holmebridge

Several

Indian Balsam Impatiens glandulifera
1
Holmebridge

Local

Wareham Common - West

Frequent

Ivy Hedera helix
1
Middlebere Farm

Common

Bere Wood

Very common

Knotgrass Polygonum aviculare
1
Holmebridge

Common

Wareham Common - West

Common

Ladys Bedstraw Galium verum
2
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Occasional

Middlebere Farm

Scarce

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Large Bindweed Calystegia silvatica
2
Middlebere Farm

Local

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Local

Large Skipper Ochlodes venata
1
Middlebere Farm

Present

Large White Pieris brassicae
1
Middlebere Farm

Numerous

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Several

Wareham Common - West

Present

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Several

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Several

Holmebridge

Numerous

Cole Wood

Numerous

Arne Nature Reserve

Several

Bere Wood

Present

Middlebere Heath

Present

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Several

Lesser Burdock Arctium minus
1
Wareham Common - West

Scarce

Lesser Spearwort Ranunculus flammula
2
Wareham Common - West

Frequent

Lesser Stitchwort Stellaria graminea
1
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Occasional

Middlebere Farm

Occasional

Holmebridge

Scarce

Lesser Trefoil Trifolium dubium
2
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Frequent

Middlebere Farm

Frequent

Ling Calluna vulgaris
1
Sunnyside Farm

Locally common

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

Middlebere Heath

Very common

Magpie Pica pica
1
Wareham Common - West

Present

Middlebere Farm

Present

Maidenhair Spleenwort Asplenium trichomanes
3
Holmebridge

On the bridge

Male-fern