Dorset Walks

Walks on Portland - wildlife highlights for 2007

last year's walks . . .

Wednesday December 26th
Portland Harbour

Mediterranean Gull, Little Grebe, Brent Goose, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Rock Pipit, Turnstone, Oystercatcher

Wednesday December 19th
Pirates Bay, Wyke Regis

Buzzard, Stonechat, Snipe, Goosander, Goldeneye, Mediterranean Gull
Fossils: Lopha gregarea, Belemnite, Nucleolites clunicularis (sea urchin)

Wednesday December 12th
Bird Observatory to Westcliffs

Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, Stonechat, Skylark, Linnet

Wednesday December 5th
Eastcliffs from Southwell

Kestrel, Rock Pipit, Buzzard, Stonechat, Gannet, Kittiwake
Sea Spleenwort, Winter Heliotrope

Wednesday November 28th
Eastcliffs from the Bill

Kestrel, Rock Pipit, Little Owl
Lesser Centaury, Golden Samphire

Wednesday November 21st
Church Ope

Raven, Pied Wagtail (40), Goldcrest
Red Admiral

Wednesday November 14th
East Weares

Raven, Kestrel, Ring Ouzel, Goats (6)
Red Admiral, Speckled Wood,
Maidenhair Spleenwort, Maidenhair Fern, Black Spleenwort, Wall Rue, Hartstongue Fern, Polypody, Bracken

Wednesday November 7th
High Angle Battery - Incline Road

Raven, Peregrine, Ring Ouzel(?)
Field Blewits, Whitebeam, English Oak, Wall Rue, Cotoneaster simonsii

Wednesday October 31st
Kingbarrow Quarry - Tilleycoombe

Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, Redwing, Fieldfare

Wednesday October 24th
Inmosthay - Easton

Kestrel, House Martin, Skylark, Redwing, Blackcap, Goldcrest (heard)
Rough Hawkbit, Cotoneaster integrifolius, Cotoneaster simonsii

Wednesday October 17th
Kingbarrow Quarry - Old Hill

Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Raven
Shaggy Inkcap, Field Mushroom, Hartstongue Fern, Male Fern

Wednesday October 10th
Independent Quarry - Kingbarrow Quarry

Wheatear, Stonechat, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit
Shaggy Inkcap, Bristly Ox-tongue, Annual Mercury, Dandelion, Smooth Sowthistle, Sea Mayweed, Cocksfoot, Red Fescue, Annual Beard-grass, Sea Beet, Great Hairy Willowherb, Winter Heliotrope Teasel, Creeping Cinquefoil, Creeping Buttercup, Common Ragwort, Hoary Ragwort, Ribwort Plantain, Viper's Bugloss, Charlock, Buddleia, Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Prickly Sowthistle, Wormwood, Japanese Knotweed, Broad-leaved Dock, Black Medick, Hawkweed Ox-tongue, Greater Plantain, Great Mullein, Dandelion, Red Valerian, Wood Sage, Bramble, Spear Thistle, Stemless Thistle, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Hop Trefoil, Marjoram, Yellow-wort

Wednesday October 3rd
Chiswell - Hallelujah Bay

Kestrel, Stonechat, Wheatear, Raven, Common Scoter
Small White, Red Admiral, Nero Bug
Common Broomrape, Ivy Broomrape

Wednesday September 19th
Perryfields - Suckthumb Quarry

Kestrel, Stonechat, Wheatear, Linnet

Wednesday September 12th
Inmosthay - Jordan Quarry

Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail (heard)
Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Large White, Red Admiral
Portland Spurge, Horseshoe Vetch, Maidenhair Fern

Wednesday August 29th
Tout Quarry

Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Wheatear, Common Shrew (dead)
Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Small White, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Oak Eggar, Bloody-nosed Beetle
Autumn Ladies Tresses, Hoary Plantain, Prickly Sow-thistle, Annual Wall Rocket, Viper's Bugloss, Portland Spurge, Horseshoe Vetch, Autumn Gentian, Yellow-wort, Eyebright, Wood Sage, False Broom

Wednesday August 22nd
Independent Quarry

Roe Deer (prints)
Autumn Ladies Tresses, Wild Clary, Hoary Plantain, Prickly Sow-thistle, Annual Wall Rocket, Black Medick, Field Poppy, Teasel, Annual Beard Grass, Cocksfoot, Buddleia

Wednesday August 15th
Tout Quarry - Westcliffs

Raven, Fulmar, Gannet, Kittiwake, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull
Chalkhill Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Grayling, Speckled Wood, Dark Bush-cricket, Bloody-nosed Beetle
Autumn Ladies Tresses, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch, Prickly Sow-thistle, Eyebright, Rock Stonecrop, Small Scabious, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Marjoram

Wednesday August 1st
Redoubt - Kingbarrow Quarry

Yellowhammer, Willow Warbler, Peregrine, Kestrel
Chalkhill Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Six-spot Burnet, Meadow Grasshopper
Pyramid Orchid, Horseshoe Vetch, Ivy Broomrape, Beaked Hawksbeard, Common Cat's-ear, Prickly Sow-thistle, Sainfoin, Pale Flax, Wayfaring Tree, Male Fern, Harts-tongue Fern

Wednesday July 25th
Verne Common

Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Kestrel
Chalkhill Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Red Admiral
Harebell, Saw-wort, Autumn Gentian, Squinancywort,Pyramid Orchid, Horseshoe Vetch, Ivy Broomrape, Wild Thyme, Marjoram, Yellow-wort, Hawkweed Ox-tongue, Bristly Ox-tongue, Smooth Hawkbit, Beaked Hawksbeard, Common Cat's-ear, Lesser Centaury, Common Centaury,

Wednesday July 18th
Broadcroft - Bumper's Lane - Shepherd's Dinner

Fox, Raven, Sparrowhawk, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Whitethroat
Chalkhill Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Large White, Red Admiral
Pyramid Orchid, Common Gromwell, Horseshoe Vetch, Ivy Broomrape, Wild Thyme, Marjoram, Yellow-wort, Hawkweed Ox-tongue, Bristly Ox-tongue, Field Penny-cress, Spear Thistle, Carline Thistle, Common Elder, Dwarf Elder, Musk Mallow, Fodder Burnet, Wormwood, Apple, Pear, Sainfoin, Lesser Centaury, Bulrush, Lesser Reedmace, Pendulous Sedge, Hard Rush, Tor Grass, Quaking Grass, Annual Beard Grass

Wednesday July 11th
Church Ope - Southwell Landslip

Wall Lizard, Rose Chafer, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Lulworth Skipper, Clouded Yellow, Large White, Red Admiral, Comma, Painted Lady
Pyramid Orchid, Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil, Common Gromwell, Upright Hedge Parsley, Horseshoe Vetch, Ivy Broomrape, Wild Thyme, Marjoram, Yellow-wort, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Milkwort, Wood Spurge, Portland Spurge, Rock Samphire, Wild Madder, Hedge Bedstraw, Ladies Bedstraw, Squinancywort, Welted Thistle, Stemless Thistle, Restharrow, Common Ragwort, Hoary Ragwort, Oxford Ragwort, Calamint, Wall Rocket, Timothy, False Brome

Wednesday June 27th
Tout Quarry

Bloody-nosed Beetle, Common Blue, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Grayling, Marbled White, Speckled Yellow
Pyramid Orchid, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch, Black Medick, Ivy Broomrape, Wild Thyme, Marjoram, Yellow-wort, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Rough Hawkbit, Milkwort, Hoary Plantain, Purple Toadflax, Herb Robert, Wood Spurge, Portland Spurge, Male Fern, Field Madder, Wild Madder, Hedge Bedstraw, Squinancywort, Weld, Bristly Ox-tongue, Welted Thistle, Slender Thistle, Stemless Thistle, Carline Thistle, Restharrow, Common Ragwort, Teasel, Viper's Bugloss, Buddleia, Apple

Wednesday June 13th
Kingbarrow - High Angle Battery

Yellowhammer, Sand Martin, Reed Warbler (singing), Stonechat
SPECKLED BUSH-CRICKET, Summer Chafer, Silver-studded Blue, Adonis Blue, Common Blue, Small Blue, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Marbled White, Speckled Yellow
Pale Flax, Pyramid Orchid, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch, Kidney Vetch, Ivy Broomrape, Yellow Rattle, Dogwood, Wild Thyme

Wednesday June 6th
Old Hill - Kingbarrow

ROESEL'S BUSH-CRICKET, Common Lizard, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small Blue, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Yellow, Yellow Shell
EARLY GENTIAN, Yellow-wort, Germander Speedwell, Wall Speedwell, Pale Flax, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Rough Hawkbit, Beaked Hawksbeard, Bulbous Buttercup, Milkwort, Hoary Plantain, Ribwort Plantain, Hoary Cress, Purple Toadflax, Pyramid Orchid, Hairy Rockcress, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Shining Cranesbill, Herb Robert, Ivy Broomrape, Wood Spurge, Male Fern, Field Madder, Meadow Vetchling, Wayfaring Tree, Holly, Ivy
Cocksfoot, Rough Meadow Grass, Annual Meadow Grass, Yorkshire Fog, Quaking Grass, Rye Grass, False Oat-grass, Yellow Oat-grass, False Brome, Red Fescue, Soft Brome, Upright Brome, Wall Barley

Wednesday May 30th
Portland Bird Observatory - Portland Bill

STORM PETREL, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Wheatear
Cinnabar, Cream-spot Tiger, Dark Arches, Light Brocade, Heart and Club, Heart and Dart, Knot Grass, L-album Wainscot, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Marbled Minor, Poplar Hawk-moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Treble Lines, Vine's Rustic, White Ermine, White-point

Wednesday May 23rd
Reap Lane - Topfields

MARSH HARRIER, Kestrel, Gannet, Wheatear, Whinchat, Stonechat, Common Blue, Swollen-thighed Beetle
Birdsfoot Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch, Kidney Vetch, Bladder Campion, Crow Garlic, Yellow Vetchling

Wednesday May 16th
Church Ope - Grove Point

Peregrine, Kestrel, Raven, Swallow, House Martin, Whitehroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, Holly Blue
Birdsfoot Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch, Herb Robert, Portland Spurge, Wood Spurge, Maidenhair Fern, Sea Spleenwort, Tall Fescue, Red Fescue, Soft Brome

Wednesday May 2nd
Admiralty Quarries - Verne Construction Railway

RED KITE, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Raven, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Whitehroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, Yellowhammer
Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small Blue, Browntail Moth
Wayfaring Tree, Bush Vetch, Horseshoe Vetch, Black Medick, Herb Robert, Soft Cranesbill, Common Storksbill, Spanish Bluebell, Germander Speedwell, Upright Brome

Wednesday April 25th
Royal Naval Cemetery, The Verne

Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Swallow, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitehroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Goldfinch
Wayfaring Tree, Bush Vetch, Common Gromwell, Shining Cranesbill, English Bluebell, Cowslip, Germander Speedwell, Wood Sage, Horsetail

Wednesday April 18th
Suckthumb Quarry - Freshwater Bay

Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Wheatear, Linnet, Meadow Pipit
Speckled Wood, Dingy Skipper, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Brown-tail Moth, Wall Lizard
Wayfaring Tree, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Wild Madder, Bulbous Buttercup, Fennel, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch

Wednesday April 4th
East Weares - King's Pier

Peregrine, Kestrel, Swallow, Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff, Peacock Butterfly
Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Wayfaring Tree, Wild Privet, Spindle Tree, Grey Willow, Honeysuckle, Clematis, Shining Cranesbill, Round-leaved Cranesbill, Rue-leaved Saxifrage, Maidenhair Spleenwort, Black Spleenwort, Western Polypody, Hart's-tongue Fern

Wednesday March 28th
Yeolands - Broadcroft Quarry

Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Fulmar, Peacock Butterfly
Bulbous Meadow Grass, Wallflower, Wormwood

Wednesday March 21st
Tout Quarry

Raven, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk,

Wednesday March 14th

Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Raven (4), Kestrel, Peregrine, Fulmar

Wednesday March 7th
Admiralty Slopes to Portland Bill

Skylark, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Little Owl

Wednesday February 28th
Kingbarrow Quarry to Tilleycoombe

Hairy Bittercress, Hartstongue Fern

Wednesday February 21st
Portland Castle to Ham Beach

Ringed Plover, Red-breasted Merganser, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, VELVET SCOTER
Sea Beet, Sea Lavender, Rock Samphire

Wednesday February 7th
Ferrybridge to Wyke Regis

Skylark, Dunlin, Little Egret, Kestrel, Red-breasted Merganser, Little Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Mediterranean Gull (20!), Dark-bellied Brent Goose, BLACK BRANT, VELVET SCOTER

Wednesday January 31st
Sandsfoot Castle and Portland Harbour

Little Egret, Kestrel, Red-breasted Merganser, Great-crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Jay, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER
Flat Winkle, Rough Winkle, Toothed Topshell, Beadlet Anemone, Snakelocks Anemone, Seasquirt
Knotted Wrack, Channeled Wrack, Spiral Wrack, Bladder Wrack, Sea Lettuce

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