August 2020

Submitted by PeterOrchard on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 17:58

Sadly, personal circumstances mean that recording on nature walks is out of the question for the foreseeable future. This is what we did before it became impossible to carry on.


 

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03-08-20

Another bright and breezy afternoon so off to Stoborough Heath:

  • We walked the higher area of dry heath/acid grassland mosaic
  • Lots of gatekeepers but no other significant insects
  • Surprised at how compact rush is so frequent here rather than soft rush
04-08-20

It seemed a while since we went to Hethfelton Wood so we decided to put that right today:

  • The main path is lined with flowers on both sides even in August
  • The spotted longhorn beetle, the bog hoverfly and the greater parasitic fly were good to see
  • I have never seen the large patch of hairy St John's-wort here before
05-08-20

The woodland disabled car park is open again so we were able to take advantage of it today:

  • I have never seen the water level in the 'dragonfly' ponds so low
  • Very few insects about again despite plenty of flowers
  • Found a new cluster of Dorset heath by the ponds
06-08-20

Not the best time of year to visit the Corfe Meadows SSSI:

  • All the meadows have been cut for hay now
  • Everywhere is baked dry and plants are struggling to survive
  • Still a lot of flowers along the river's edge though
14-08-20

Some respite from the heat today so a short walk on Wareham Common

  • The nationally scarce whorled caraway in flower and in good numbers
  • Good to see the north SSSI has not been cut as a dry hay meadow this year and that the later flowering damp meadow flowers are prospering
  • There seem to have been much less grazing of the north SSSI this year too
17-08-20

After the morning rain cleared we took an afternoon stroll to East Holme from Holmebridge:

  • Some brilliant yellow tansey in flower along the roadside by the bridge I had not seen before
  • The corn marigolds in the field along the lane are almost all over now
  • The birch trees' leaves are turning yellow and beginning to fall as autumn approaches
29-08-20

First chance for a proper nature walk for some time so off to Tadnoll

  • Despite visiting Tadnoll several times in the past today was the first time I have seen the Turkey oaks
  • Devil's-bit scabious is in flower and looking good now
  • Found a pair of Eristalis nemorum with the male hovering guard over the egg-laying female
Calendar Records
Displaying 1 - 690 of 690
Species Scientific Name Species Interest Location Notes
7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Adonis Blue Lysandra bellargus
4
Bindon Hill

Frequent

Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria
1
Arne Nature Reserve

Occasional

Bindon Hill

Present

Hethfelton Wood

Frequent

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

American Willowherb Epilobium ciliatum
1
Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Annual Meadow-grass Poa annua
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Very common

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Very common

East Holme

Very common

Ash Fraxinus excelsior
1
Hethfelton Wood

Occasional

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Plentiful

East Holme

Occasional

Occasional

Autumn Gentian Gentianella amarella
2
Bindon Hill

Frequent

Autumn Ladys-tresses Spiranthes spiralis
4
Ballard Down

Present

Beaked Hawks-beard Crepis vesicaria
1
Bindon Hill

Present

Bedeguar Gall Diplolepsis rosae
2
Arne Nature Reserve

Several

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Beech Fagus sylvatica
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Bell Heather Erica cinerea
1
Arne Nature Reserve

Abundant

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Very common

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

Hethfelton Wood

Very common

Scarce

Betony Stachys officinalis
2
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Bindon Hill

Present

Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus
3
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Frequent

Bindon Hill

Occasional

Hethfelton Wood

Frequent

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Frequent

Bittersweet Solanum dulcamara
1
Hethfelton Wood

Occasional

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Black Bindweed Polygonum convolvulus
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Black Horehound Ballota nigra
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Black Nightshade Solanum nigrum
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Tadnoll Nature Reserve

Scarce

Black Sedge Carex nigra
1
Wareham Common - West

Common

Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Overhead

Blackbird Turdus merula
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Present

Bindon Hill

Several

Blackthorn Prunus spinosa
1
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Bog Myrtle Myrica gale
3
Wareham Common - West

Occasional

Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Bracken Pteridium aquilinum
1

Very common

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Very common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Widespread and common

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Abundant

Hethfelton Wood

Very common

Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg.
1
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Very common

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Very common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Common

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

Bindon Hill

Common

East Holme

Common

Hethfelton Wood

Very common

Bristle Bent Agrostis curtisii
3
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Bristly Oxtongue Picris echioides
2
Wareham Common - West

Scarce

Broad Buckler-fern Dryopteris dilatata
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Broad-leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Common

Broad-leaved Willowherb Elipobium montanum
1
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Brown Argus Aricia agestis
3
Bindon Hill

Present

Brown-lipped Banded Snail Cepaea nemoralis
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Buff-tailed Bumble-bee Bombus terrestris
1
Arne Nature Reserve

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Bindon Hill

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Several

Hethfelton Wood

Several

Bugloss Anchusa arvensis
3
East Holme

Scarce

Bulbous Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus
2
Bindon Hill

Common

Bulbous Rush Juncus bulbosus
1
Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Burnet-saxifrage Pimpinella saxifraga
2
Bindon Hill

Common

Butterfly Bush Buddleja davidii
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Buzzard Buteo buteo
2
East Holme

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Overhead

Present

Carline Thistle Carlina vulgaris
3
Bindon Hill

Present

Carrion Crow Corvus corone
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Cats-ear Hypochaeris radicata
1

Occasional

Hethfelton Wood

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Common

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

East Holme

Occasional

Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
1
Bindon Hill

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Chalkhill Blue Lysandra coridon
4
Bindon Hill

Frequent

Charlock Sinapis arvensis
3

Occasional

Cleavers Galium aparine
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

East Holme

Common

Ballard Down

Common

Cluster Fly Pollenia rudis
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Cocks-foot Dactylis glomerata
1
Hethfelton Wood

Very common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Bindon Hill

Very common

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Very common

East Holme

Common

Comma Polygonia c-album
1
Tadnoll Nature Reserve

Present

Common Blue Polyommatus icarus
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Bindon Hill

Common

Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum
1
Arne Nature Reserve

Numerous

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum
1
East Holme

Several

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Several

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Bindon Hill

Present

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Numerous

Common Centaury Centaurium erythraea
1
Hethfelton Wood

Occasonal

Bindon Hill

Present

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Common

Common Chickweed Stellaria media
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Common Couch Grass Elymus repens
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Common Cross Spider Araneus diadematus
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Plentiful

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Several

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Several

Arne Nature Reserve

Several

Common Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus
1
Wareham Common - West

Numerous

Bindon Hill

Common

Common Field Speedwell Veronica persica
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Common Figwort Scrophularia nodosa
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Common Fleabane Pulicaria dysenterica
1
Hethfelton Wood

Common

Holmebridge

Frequent

Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Bindon Hill

Common in patches

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

East Holme

Occasional

Common Green Grasshopper Omocestus viridulus
3
Bindon Hill

Present

Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Common Knapweed Centaurea nigra
1
Bindon Hill

Present

Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara
2
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Common Mallow Malva sylvestris
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Common Milkwort Polygala vulgaris
2
Bindon Hill

Occasional

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Common Mouse-ear Cerastium fontanum
1
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Common Nettle Urtica dioica
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Bindon Hill

Common in patches

East Holme

Frequent

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Locally common

Hethfelton Wood

Common

Ballard Down

Widespread

Frequent

Common Poppy Papaver rhoeas
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Common Purple and Gold Moth Pyrausta purpuralis
3
Bindon Hill

Present

Common Ragwort Senecio jacobaea
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Frequent

Bindon Hill

Common

Common

Hethfelton Wood

Frequent

Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Common

Common Reed Phragmites australis
1
Arne Nature Reserve

Abundant

Common Rock-rose Helianthemum nummularium
2
Bindon Hill

Frequent

Common Snail Helix aspersa
1
Bindon Hill

Several

Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa
1
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

East Holme

Scarce

Common Sow-thistle Sonchus species
1
East Holme

Scarce

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Wareham Common - West

Frequent

Arne Nature Reserve

Scarce

Common Toadflax Linaria vulgaris
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Bindon Hill

Present

East Holme

Scarce

Common Valerian Valeriana officinalis
3
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Common Vetch Vicia sativa
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Compact Rush Juncus conglomeratus
1

Common

Wareham Common - West

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Hethfelton Wood

Common

Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Common

Corsican Pine Pinus nigra maratima
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Hethfelton Wood

Very common

Cotoneaster Species Cotoneaster agg
1
Bindon Hill

Occasional

Cowslip Primula veris
3
Bindon Hill

Very commom

Crane Fly (T paludosa) Tipula paludosa
1
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Several

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Bindon Hill

Present

Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens
1
Bindon Hill

Frequent

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Frequent

Hethfelton Wood

Frequent

Creeping Cinquefoil Potentilla reptans
1
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Creeping Thistle Cirsium arvense
1
Bindon Hill

Common

Common

Ballard Down

Widespread

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Frequent

Hethfelton Wood

Common

East Holme

Occasional

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Cross Leaved Heath Erica tetralix
1
Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

Hethfelton Wood

Common

Curled Dock Rumex crispus
1

Occasional

Cut-leaved Cranesbill Geranium dissectum
2
Hethfelton Wood

Occasional

East Holme

Occasional

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Daisy Bellis perennis
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Frequent

Bindon Hill

Common

Dandelion Taraxacum agg.
1
Bindon Hill

Frequent

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Dark Bush Cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Numerous

Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaia
3
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Devils-bit Scabious Succisa pratensis
3
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Tadnoll Nature Reserve

Occasional

Bindon Hill

Present

Dog Rose Rosa canina
1
East Holme

Occasional

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Dorset Heath Erica ciliaris
5
Arne Nature Reserve

Scarce

Doves-foot Cranesbill Geranium molle
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Downy Birch Betula pubescens
2
Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Dwarf Gorse Ulex minor
2
Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

Arne Nature Reserve

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Frequent

Dwarf Thistle Cirsium acaulon
2
Bindon Hill

Frequent

Dyers Greenweed Genista tinctoria
4
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Elder Sambucus nigra
1
Bindon Hill

Occasional

Enchanters-nightshade Circaea lutetiana
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Common

Hethfelton Wood

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Eyebright Euphrasia agg
2
Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Common

Hethfelton Wood

Common

Bindon Hill

Common in patches

Ballard Down

Occasional along the path

False-brome Brachypodium sylvaticum
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Common

Bindon Hill

Present

Fat Hen Chenopodium album
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis
1
Bindon Hill

Present

Field Digger Wasp Mellinus arvensis
3
East Holme

Several

Field Maple Acer campestre
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Field Pepperwort Lepidium campestre
1
Hethfelton Wood

Common

Field Scabious Knautia arvensis
2
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Flesh Fly Sarcophaga carnaria
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Bindon Hill

Present

Floating Club-rush Scirpus fluitans
3
Arne Nature Reserve

Occasional

Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus
1
Bindon Hill

Present

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Numerous

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Numerous

Arne Nature Reserve

Numerous

Hethfelton Wood

Numerous

East Holme

Present

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Several

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Germander Speedwell Veronica chamaedrys
1
Bindon Hill

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

East Holme

Frequent

Gipsywort Lycopus europaeus
3
East Holme

Scarce

Glaucous Sedge Carex flacca
2
Bindon Hill

Frequent

Goat Willow Salix caprea
1

Frequent

Arne Nature Reserve

Occasional

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Occasional

Goats-beard Tragopogon pratensis
2
Bindon Hill

Present

Gorse Ulex europaeus
1
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Bindon Hill

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Common

Grayling Hipparchia semele
3
Bindon Hill

Present

Great Lettuce Lactuta virosa
3
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Great Tit Parus major
1
East Holme

Present

Great Willowherb Epilobium hirsutum
2
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Hethfelton Wood

Occasional

Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus pedunculatus
2
Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

Very common

Hethfelton Wood

Frequent

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Locally common

Greater Knapweed Centaurea scabiosa
2

Occasional

Bindon Hill

Common

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Greater Plantain Plantago major
1
East Holme

Frequent

Bindon Hill

Common

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Frequwnt

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi
2
Bindon Hill

Present

Green-veined White Pieris napi
1
Wareham Common - West

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Green-winged Orchid Orchis morio
4
Bindon Hill

Local

Greenbottle Lucilia caesar
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Bindon Hill

Common

Ground-elder Aegopodium podagraria
1
East Holme

Scarce

Groundsel Senecio vulgaris
1
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Nearby fields

Hairy St Johns-wort Hypericum hirsutum
3
Hethfelton Wood

Occasional

Hairy Tare Vicia hirsuta
2
East Holme

Rare

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Harebell Campanula rotundifolia
2
Bindon Hill

Present

Harts-tongue Phyllitis scolopendrium
1
East Holme

Local

Harvestman (L rotundum) Leiobunum rotundum
3
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Hawkweed Oxtongue Picris hieracioides
2
Bindon Hill

Present

Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna
1
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Bindon Hill

Frequent

Occasional

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Hazel Corylus avellana
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Occasional

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Common

Hethfelton Wood

Frequent

Heath Bedstraw Galium saxatile
2
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Heath Bumble-bee Bombus jonellus
3
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Heath Groundsel Senecio sylvaticus
2
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Hedge Bedstraw Galium mollugo
1
Bindon Hill

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Hedge Bindweed Calystegia sepium
1
East Holme

Present

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Bindon Hill

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Occasional

Hedge Mustard Sisymbrium officinale
1
East Holme

Scarce

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Hedge Parsley Torilis japonica
3
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Hedge Woundwort Stachys sylvatica
1
Bindon Hill

Present

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Common

Hethfelton Wood

Common

Hemp-agrimony Eupatorium cannabinum
1
Arne Nature Reserve

Occasional

East Holme

Frequent

Bindon Hill

Common in patches

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

Hethfelton Wood

Common

Herb-Robert Geranium robertianum
1
Hethfelton Wood

Common

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

East Holme

Occasional

Herring Gull Larus argentatus
1
Bindon Hill

Overhead

Hoary Plantain Plantago media
3
Bindon Hill

Present

Hoary Ragwort Senecio erucifolius
3
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Present

Hoary Willowherb Epilobium parviflorum
3
Hethfelton Wood

Scarce

Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium
1
Hethfelton Wood

Common

East Holme

Frequent

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Common

Holly Ilex aquifolium
1
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

Arne Nature Reserve

Common