Dorset Walks

Thursday January 26th
Church Ope Cove and Penn's Weare

list of species seen

Trip Report

It was definitely back to winter today with raw north-easterly winds, making our normally sheltered walk considerably more brisk than we have become used to.

Our first stop was above Church Ope Cove where our conversation about the dophins that are sometimes seen from here was eavesdropped by a very tame Robin.

Next we stopped to look at the Sea Spleenwort growing in the dirt bed (fossil soil) at the junction of the Purbeck and Portland beds. A bit further on we found plenty of Maidenhair Fern including one completely new plant growing luxuriantly at ground level in an unusually shady spot for this species.
Finally we stopped to look for the Peregrines and Fulmars at Grove Point. Neither were present in the very cold and blustery conditions but we did see one or two Gannets flying north far out to sea. Closer in was a constant stream of Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls on their way to the evening roost in Weymouth Bay.

The day's list...


Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Wood Pigeon
Carrion Crow

Maidenhair Fern
Sea Spleenwort
Hartstongue Fern
Herb Robert

Purbeck Beds
  • Slat
  • Root Holes
  • Dirt Bed
  • Skull Cap
Portland Beds
  • Roach
  • Whitbed
  • Cherty Beds
  • Portland Sand

Kimmeridge Clay

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