Dorset Walks

Walks on Portland - wildlife highlights for 2009

last year's walks . . .

Wednesday December 30th
Tout Quarry - Westcliffs - Inmosthay

Fulmar, Raven

Wednesday December 23rd
Southwell - Portland Bill

Peregrine, Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Rock Pipit, Gannet, Kittiwake, Black Redstart, Little Owl, Oystercatcher, Guillemot, Great Northern Diver

Wednesday December 16th
Portland Bill

Guillemot, Rock Pipit, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher

Wednesday December 9th
Grove Point - Yeolands Quarry

Fulmar, Buzzard, Kestrel, Raven, British Primitive Goats (10)

Wednesday December 2nd
Chesil Beach

Fulmar, Gannet (dead), Turnstone (alive), Dead Mans Fingers, Sea Fan, Hydroid, Whelk eggs, Cuttlefish, Ray egg-case, Dogfish egg-case

Wednesday November 25th
Portland Harbour - Ferrybridge

LEACH'S PETREL, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Mediterranean Gull, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Northern Diver, Turnstone, Little Grebe

Wednesday November 18th
Portland Bill

Razorbill, Gannet, Oystercatcher, Kittiwake, Rock Pipit, Cormorant, Shag

Wednesday November 11th
Sailing Academy - Portland Harbour

Peregrine, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Razorbill, Red-breasted Merganser, Black Redstart, Turnstone, Little Egret, Grey Heron

Wednesday November 4th
Penn's Weare

Kestrel, Raven, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Razorbill, Grey Seal, Clouded Yellow, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Maidenhair spleenwort

Wednesday October 28th
Inmosthay - Tout

Kestrel, Black Redstart (3), Raven, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Swallow

Wednesday October 21st
Avalanche Road 'Hump'

Kestrel, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Black Redstart, Yellow-browed Warbler, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood

Wednesday October 14th
Kingbarrow - Withies Croft

Kestrel, Song Thrush, Redwing, Stonechat, Chiffchaff, Red Admiral, Painted Lady

Wednesday October 7th
Chiswell - Hallelujah Bay

Kestrel, Rock Pipit, Swallow, Raven, Guillemot, Common Gull, Sparrowhawk

Wednesday September 30th
Topfields - Culverwell

Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Swallow, Linnet, Buzzard, Raven, Skylark, Stonechat, Chiffchaff

Wednesday September 23rd
Culverwell - Eastcliffs

Wheatear, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Swallow, Linnet, Buzzard, Turnstone, Blackcap, Common Blue, Speckled Wood

Wednesday September 16th
Portland Bill

Wheatear, Whinchat, Pied Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Linnet, Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, Peacock

Kingbarrow Quarry - Admiralty Quarry

Little Owl, Wheatear, Whinchat, Blackcap, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Raven, Adonis Blue, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common Lizard, Adder, Slow-worm

Wednesday September 9th
Reap Lane - Barleycrates Lane

Wheatear, Whinchat, Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Kestrel, Peregrine, Buzzard, Meadow Pipit, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Browntail moth, Meadow Grasshopper (red form)

Wednesday September 2nd
Penn Weare - Durdle Pier

Kestrel, Swallow, Gannet, Fulmar, Balearic Shearwater, Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Speckled Wood
Common Gromwell, Milkwort, Viburnum tinus, Small Scabious, Maidenhair Fern, Maidenhair Spleenwort

Wednesday August 26th
Verne Naval Cemetry

Peregrine, House Martin, Swallow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler
Harebell, Blackberries!

Wednesday August 19th
Butterfly Identification Workshop, Admiralty Quarries - Kingbarrow Quarry - Inmosthay - Tout Quarry

Little Owl, Kestrel, Wheatear, Adder, Slow-worm, Common Lizard
Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Six-spot Burnet, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Adonis Blue, Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Wall, Marbled White, Small Heath, Small Copper, Large White, Meadow Grasshopper, Field Grasshopper
Wayfaring Tree, Small Scabious, Field Scabious, Lesser Centaury, Autumn Ladies Tresses, Horseshoe Vetch, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Common Toadflax

Wednesday August 12th
Admiralty Quarries

Peregrine, Raven, Adder, Slow-worm, Common Lizard
Six-spot Burnet, Painted Lady, Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Wall, Small Copper, Large White
Wayfaring Tree, Autumn Gentian, Lesser Centaury, Autumn Ladies Tresses, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Common Toadflax

Wednesday August 5th
Penn Weare

Fulmar (adults and juvenile), Kestrel, Peregrine, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Common Lizard
Dark Bush Cricket, Six-spot Burnet, Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Jersey Tiger, Painted Lady, Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Lulworth Skipper, Large White
Sea Spleenwort, Maidenhair Fern, Salad Burnet, Hartstongue Fern, Wayfaring Tree

Wednesday July 29th
Westcliffs - Tout Quarry

Fulmar (adults and juvenile), Kestrel, Gannet, Painted Lady, Marbled White, Oak Eggar

Wednesday July 22nd
High Angle Battery - Engine Sheds - Admiralty Quarry - Kingbarrow

Peregrine, Raven, Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, Yellowhammer, Slow-worm, Adder
Six-spot Burnet, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Peacock, Comma, Large White,
Wall Rue, Hartstongue Fern, Marjoram, Carline Thistle, Stemless Thistle, Strawberry Clover, Wayfaring Tree

Wednesday July 15th

Peregrine, Kestrel, Gannet, Cormorant, Common Lizard, Wall Lizard, Six-spot Burnet, Painted Lady, Common Blue, Marbled White, Meadow Brown,
Portland Rock Sea-lavender, Sea Spleenwort

Wednesday July 1st
Southwell Landslip

Whitethroat, Painted Lady, Comma, Small Copper, Common Blue, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Dingy Skipper, Lulworth Skipper,
Square-stemmed Willowherb, Common Bulrush, Lesser Reedmace

Wednesday June 24th
Southwell Landslip

Peregrine, Kestrel, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Common Blue, 6-spot Burnet,
Pyramidal Orchid, Bee Orchid, Eyebright, Rock Samphire, Common Centaury, Wild Thyme

Wednesday June 17th
Verne Common

Peregrine, Painted Lady,
Pyramidal Orchid, Common Centaury, Bastard Toadflax, Yellow-wort, Wild Thyme, Yellow Rattle, Squinancywort, Purging Flax

Wednesday June 10th
Kingbarrow - Withies Croft - Independent Quarry

Swallow, Whitethroat, Greenfinch, Common Blue, Small Blue, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Speckled Yellow Moth, Garden Snail, Rove Beetle,
Pyramidal Orchid, Bee Orchid, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Common Centaury, Viper's Bugloss, False Brome, Musk Thistle, Teasel,

Wednesday May 13th
Portland Bill

Yellow Wagtail, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Linnet, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Guillemot, Bridled Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Banded Snail, Garden Snail,
Milkwort, Red Fescue, 'Wild' Gladiolus, Spanish Bluebell, Early Purple Orchid

Wednesday May 6th
Broadcroft Quarry

Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Small Blue, Speckled Wood, Wall
Milkwort, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Yellow Vetch, Rosy Garlic, Yellow Vetchling, Toothed Medick, Spotted Medick, Birdfoot Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch, Dogwood, Salad Burnet, Sainfoin, Tall Fescue, Soft Brome, Upright Brome, Cocksfoot, Pendulous Sedge

Wednesday April 29th
Bowers Quarry - Blacknor

Raven, Whitethroat, Fulmar, Wheatear, Lesser Bloody-nosed Beetle
Black Mustard, Alexanders

Wednesday April 22nd
Kingbarrow - Withies Croft

Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Whinchat, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Stock Dove, Pheasant, Weasel
Toothed Medick, Common Vetch, Round-leaved Cranesbill, Soft Cranesbill, Cleavers, Alexanders

Wednesday April 8th
Kingbarrow - Withies Croft

Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, Swallow
34 species of plant on Withies Croft survey including Horseshoe Vetch, Birdfoot Trefoil, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Fern Grass

Wednesday April 1st
Portland Bill

Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Gannet, Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Peregrine, Kestrel, Black Redstart, Wheatear
Early Purple Orchid (leaves)

Wednesday March 25th
Church Ope Cove

Grey Wagtail, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Peacock Butterfly
Round-leaved Cranesbill, Wild Madder, Bulbous Comfrey, Elm, Horse Chestnut, Ash, Wayfaring Tree, Laurestinus

Wednesday March 18th
Blacknor - Barleycrates Lane

Wheatear, Gannet, Fulmar, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Small Tortoiseshell
Wild Cabbage, Bee Orchid (leaves)

Wednesday March 11th
Zilklake - Yeolands Quarry

Redwing, Raven, Greenfinch, Magpie (15), Frog tadpoles

Wednesday March 4th
Portland Bill

WHEATEAR, Purple Sandpiper, Kestrel, Gannet, Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit

Wednesday February 25th

Carline Thistle, Salad Burnet, Teasel, Small-leaved Cottoneaster, Himalayan Cottoneaster, Wayfaring Tree, Hairy Bittercress, Hartstongue Fern, Male Fern

Wednesday February 11th
Cheyne - Eastcliffs

Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, Razorbill, Fulmar, Skylark, Rock Pipit
Bulbous Meadow Grass

Wednesday February 4th
Reap Lane - Westcliffs - Suckthumb Quarry

SHORT-EARED OWL, Buzzard, Kestrel, Fulmar, Skylark, Meadow Pipit

Wednesday January 28th
Portland Harbour Sailing Centre

Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Turnstone, Razorbill, Red-breasted Merganser, Ringed Plover, Rock Pipit

Wednesday January 21st
Inmosthay - Jordan

Redwing, Pheasant
fossilised wood, Ammonite (Titanites giganteus), tufa, salt pseudomorphs

Wednesday January 14th
Tout Quarry - Westcliffs

Redwing, Fulmar, Jackdaw, Great Tit

Wednesday January 7th
Portland Bill

Kittiwake, Razorbill, Guillemot, Shag, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Lapwing

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