Dorset Walks

Walks on Portland - wildlife highlights for 2008

last year's walks . . .

Wednesday December 31st
West Weares

Black Redstart, Shag, Cormorant, Raven

Wednesday December 24th
West Weares

Shag, Cormorant, Raven

Wednesday December 17th
Portland Bill - Westcliffs

Kestrel, Guillemot, Skylark, Stonechat

Wednesday December 10th
Penn Weare

Peregrine, Kestrel, Fulmar, Bullfinch
Maidenhair Fern, Sea Spleenwort

Wednesday December 3rd
Portland Bill

SHORT-EARED OWL, Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Gannet, Rock Pipit, Purple Sandpiper
Puffball, Golden Waxcap, Field Blewit

Wednesday November 19th

Peregrine, Kestrel, Buzzard, Rock Pipit, Stonechat
Portland Rock Sea-lavender, Sea Spleenwort, Field Blewit

Wednesday November 12th
Ferrybridge - Portland Harbour

BLACK BRANT, Dark-bellied Brent Goose (1000 with only 5 young), Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Kestrel, Great Northern Diver, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Turnstone, Curlew, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Red-breasted Merganser

Wednesday November 5th
Topfields - Eastcliffs

Swallow, Kestrel, Stonechat, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Redwing, Song Thrush

Wednesday October 22nd
Culverwell - Old Higher Light

Swallow, Buzzard, Kestrel, Stonechat, Skylark, Meadow Pipit

Wednesday October 15th
Engine Sheds - Incline Road

Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Long-tailed Tit, Sparrowhawk, House Martin, British Primitive Goats (10)

Wednesday October 8th
Blacknor - Bowers Quarry

Raven, Kestrel, Stonechat, Swallow, House Martin, Skylark, Siskin (heard)
Sea Spleenwort, Sea Beet, Portland Spurge, Pink Oxalis

Wednesday October 1st
Church Ope

Buzzard, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (heard)
Clouded Yellow, Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood

Wednesday September 24th
Weston windmills

Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Stock Dove, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Raven (4)

Wednesday September 17th
Nicodemus Knob

Blackcap, Kestrel, Peregrine, Stock Dove
Goldenrod, Japanese Knotweed

Wednesday September 10th
Reap Lane - Barleycrates Lane

WOODCHAT SHRIKE, Whinchat, Wheatear, Whitethroat
Duke of Argyll's Tea Plant, Black Bryony, Garden Marigold

Wednesday September 3rd
Portland Bill

Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Linnet, Gannet
Round-leaved Fluellen, Golden Samphire, Rock Samphire

Wednesday August 27th

Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Wheatear, Wren, Robin, Blackcap
Viper's Bugloss, Himalayan Cottoneaster, Common Gromwell, Herb Robert, Small Scabious, Wood Sage, Autumn Ladies Tresses

Wednesday August 20th
Chesil Beach

alive: Razorbill, Guillemot, Kittiwake, Common Scoter
dead: Gannet, Fulmar, Guillemot, Herrring Gull, bryozoans, sponges, tubeworms, Common Whelk eggs, Ray egg case, Spider Crab, Edible Crab, Dead Man's Fingers, Sea Fan, Goose Barnacle, Acorn Barnacle, Cuttlefish
Oarweed, Furbelows, Knotted Wrack

Wednesday August 13th
East Weares

Buzzard, Bullfinch, Gannet, Fulmar, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher
Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Bloody-nosed Beetle
Autumn Ladies Tresses, Golden-rod, Dropwort, Hoary Stock, Black Spleenwort, Maidenhair Spleenwort, Western Polypody, Spindle Tree

Wednesday August 6th
Tout Quarry

Raven, Kestrel, Swallow
Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Grayling, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Wall, 6-spot Burnet, Cinnabar, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Portland Riband Wave, Bloody-nosed Beetle
Ploughman's Spikenard, Hoary Ragwort, Stemless Thistle

Wednesday July 30th

Raven, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff
Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Copper, Small Skipper
Ploughman's Spikenard, Harebell, Rockrose, Common Ragwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hoary Plantain, Stemless Thistle, Stinging Nettle, Pyramidal Orchid, Hare'sfoot Inkcap (Coprinus lagopus), Cup fungus (Peziza spp)

Wednesday July 23rd
Kingbarrow - High Angle Battery

Little Owl, Crossbill, Yellowhammer
Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Grayling, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Small Copper, Small Skipper
Olive Willow, Pyramidal Orchid,

Wednesday July 2nd
Admiralty Quarries

Sparrowhawk, British Primitive Goats (10), Meadow Brown, Silver-studded Blue, Small Heath, Great Green Bush-cricket, Slow-worm
Olive Willow, Pyramidal Orchid, Broad-leaved Eyebright, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Ivy Broomrape, Carline Thistle, Wild Thyme, Cats-tail, Crested Dogstail, Early Gentian, Lady's Mantle

Wednesday June 18th
Southwell Landslip

Grey Seal, Kestrel, Rock Pipit, Meadow Brown, Bloody-nosed Beetle
Dryad's Saddle, Bee Orchid, Biting Stonecrop, Black Mustard, Broad-leaved Eyebright, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch, Pyramidal Orchid, Ivy Broomrape, Carline Thistle, Common Centaury, Common Gromwell, Fennel, Great Mullein, Hawkweed Ox-tongue, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Portland Spurge, Red Valerian, Restharrow, Golden Samphire, Rock Samphire, Rock Sea Lavender, Rock Stonecrop, Sea Beet, Stinking Iris, Viper's Bugloss, Wild Carrot, Wild Madder, Wild Privet, Wild Thyme, White Stonecrop

Wednesday June 11th
Kingbarrow & Admiralty Quarries

Buzzard, Whitethroat, Linnet, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Wall, Speckled Yellow
Early Gentian, Wall Rue, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Kidney Vetch, Horseshoe Vetch, Pyramidal Orchid, Hoary Plantain, Ivy Broomrape, Upright Brome, Tall Fescue, Crested Dogstail, Cocksfoot, Yorkshire Fog

Wednesday June 4th
Eastcliffs Coastal Strip

Rock Pipit, Skylark, Linnet, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Wall, Mother Shipton, Yellow Shell
Dwarf Elder, Lady's Bedstraw, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Kidney Vetch, Yellow Vetchling, Meadow Vetchling, Bee Orchid, Pyramidal Orchid, Hoary Cress, Hoary Plantain, Common Centaury, Yellow-wort, Wild Carrot, Common Broomrape, Agrimony, Hemp Agrimony, Rock Samphire, Thrift

Wednesday May 14th
Blacknor - Tout Quarry

Fulmar, Stonechat, Great Black-backed Gull
Horseshoe Vetch, Wild Clary, Soft Brome, Sea Spleenwort

Wednesday April 30th
Portland Bill

Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Kittiwake, Guillemot, Razorbill, Shag
Thrift, Bulbous Buttercup, Early Purple Orchid, Borage

Wednesday April 23rd
Penn Weare

Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Kestrel, Raven, Redstart, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Yellowhammer, Fulmar
Maidenhair Fern, Hoary Stock, Wallflower, Wayfaring Tree, Germander Speedwell, Horseshoe Vetch, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Wood Spurge, Portland Spurge, Rock Stonecrop

Wednesday April 9th
Portland Bill

Buzzard, Redstart, Wheatear, Guillemot, Razorbill, Kittiwake, Gannet, Fulmar

Wednesday April 2nd
Church Ope Cove

Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Firecrest

Wednesday March 26th
Barleycrates Lane - Topfields

Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Peregrine, Raven, Stonechat, Skylark

Wednesday March 19th
Wyke Bridging Camp

Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Curlew, Red-breasted Merganser, Brent Goose, Grey Plover, Little Egret (25!)

Wednesday March 12th

Stonechat, Rock Pipit, Kestrel, Peregrine
Fig Tree

Wednesday March 5th
Abbotsbury Beach

Red-throated Diver, Great-crested Grebe, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Buzzard, Pheasant
Wild Leek, Yellow Horned-poppy, Sea Kale

Wednesday February 27th
Portland Harbour - Ferrybridge

Red-breasted Merganser, Mediterranean Gull (30), Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Skylark, Meadow Pipit

Wednesday February 20th
Portland Bill

Buzzard, Fulmar, Purple Sandpiper, Razorbill, Guillemot, Gannet, Stonechat, Skylark, Rock Pipit

Wednesday February 13th
Portland Bill

Kestrel, Fulmar, Velvet Scoter, Razorbill, Guillemot, Gannet, Stonechat, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Oystercatcher
Alexanders, Sea Beet, Field Blewit

Wednesday February 6th
Rodden Hive

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, Redshank, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Buzzard, Kestrel, Wigeon, Pintail, Goldeneye, Brown Hare
Holm Oak, Stinking Iris, London Plane

Wednesday January 30th
Shepherd's Dinner

Fulmar, Peregrine, Kestrel, Raven, British Primitive Goats (8)

Wednesday January 23rd
Bumper's Lane - Penn's Weare

Fulmar, Razorbill, Gannet, Peregrine, Kestrel, Raven, Fox, British Primitive Goats (9)
Maidenhair Fern, Wall Rue

Wednesday January 16th
Portland Bill - Westcliffs

Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Skylark, Fulmar, Purple Sandpiper, Razorbill, Gannet, Kittiwake, Kestrel
Field Blewits, Jew's Ear

Wednesday January 9th
Shepherd's Dinner

Raven, British Primitive Goats (10)

Wednesday January 2nd
Hallelujah Bay

Rock Pipit, Shag
Green Hellebore

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