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. Sightings - Thursday 13th August 2020

    Dorset Birds

    Great Egret - 1 Abbotsbury Swannery
    Balearic Shearwater - 6 Portland Bill
    Wood Sandpiper - 2 Lytchett Fields
    Greenshank - 12 Lytchett Fields
    Common Sandpiper - 7 Lytchett Fields
    Green Sandpiper - 27 Lytchett Fields
    Arctic Tern -1 Abbotsbury Swannery
    Common Whitethroat - 20 St Aldhelm's Head
    Spotted Flycatcher - 8 Lambert's Castle
    Pied Flycatcher -  1 Lambert's Castle

  2. 13th August

    Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre

    Today's only change was in the wrong direction, with apparently promising-looking conditions dropping the fewest new arrivals of the week; something else that dropped was a substantial quantity of rain out of a cloudburst late in the afternoon and this did at least prompt a late flurry of wader activity. Passerines were noticeably thin on the ground, with singles of Whinchat, Reed Warbler and Garden Warbler the pick of the bunch at the Bill. It was a tad busier overhead, with 40 Swifts, 19 Tree Pipits, 5 Ringed Plovers, 4 Yellow Wagtails and a Golden Plover over the Bill. Waders were on the up all day, with well into three figure totals of Dunlin and Ringed Plover at Ferrybridge by the evening; a Little Ringed Plover also dropped in at this time, whilst soon after dark a good little passage of waders developed over the Bill. The only other report was of a total of 7 Balearic Shearwaters through off the Bill.

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