Dorset Walks

Walks on Portland - wildlife highlights for 2010

last year's walks . . .

Wednesday December 29th
Haylands - Weston

Skylark, Redwing, Fieldfare, Chaffinch

Wednesday December 22nd
Ferrybridge - Portland Castle - Portland Bird Observatory

Dunlin, Ringed Plover,Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Brent Goose, Mediterranean Gull (100), Skylark, Merganser, Song Thrush, Redwing, Snipe, Jacksnipe, Woodcock, Golden Plover (100), Kestrel, Peregrine, Buzzard

Wednesday December 15th
Portland Bill - Lobster Pot

Black Redstart, Red-throated Diver, Eider, Knot, Golden Plover (dead), Dunlin, Grey Plover, Gannet, Kestrel, Peregrine, Buzzard, European Cormorant (P.c.sinensis), Grey Seal, Turkey

Wednesday December 8th
Portland Bill (Topfields)

Golden Plover, Lapwing, Grey Heron, Stock Dove, Pheasant, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Linnet, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard

Wednesday December 1st
Chesil Cove - Hallelujah Bay

Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Kestrel, Shag, Little Egret

Wednesday November 24th
Bird Observatory - Culverwell - Eastcliffs

Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Chiffchaff, Short-eared Owl, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Water Rail (heard), Oystercatcher

Wednesday November 17th

Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Red-breasted merganser, Goosander, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Knot, Snipe, Sanderling, Skylark

Wednesday November 10th
Heights Hotel

Greenland Wheatear

Wednesday November 3rd
Pennsylvania Castle

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, Wood Pigeon (200), Stock Dove

Wednesday October 27th
Chesil Cove - Portland Castle

Blackcap, Black Redstart, Siskin (5), Goldcrest (heard), Mediterranean Gull, Harlequin Ladybird
on Chesil Beach: Dogfish, Spider Crab, Edible Crab, Blue-rayed Limpet, Pink Sea-fan, Sea Mat, Bladderwrack, Carragheen, Laminaria saccharina, Laminaria digitata, Saccorhiza polyschides

Wednesday October 20th
Kingbarrow Quarry

Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Skylark, Red Admiral, Shaggy Inkcap

Wednesday October 13th
Westcliffs - Topfields

Wheatear, Whinchat, Stonechat, Short-eared Owl, Merlin, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Chiffchaff, Red Admiral, Common Blue

Wednesday September 29th
Portland Bill

Gannet, Common Scoter, Kittiwake, Wheatear

Wednesday September 22nd
Engine Sheds - Grove Point - Grove Fields

Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Chiffchaff, House Martin, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Raven, Fox, British Primitive Goats (10), Red Admiral, Holly Blue

Wednesday September 15th
Portland Bird Observatory - Eastcliffs

Pied Wagtail, Wheatear, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Gannet, Sand Martin, Swallow, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, Large White, Speckled Wood, Negro Beetle, Fox Moth

Wednesday September 8th
Kingbarrow Quarry

Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Whinchat, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Owl, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Small White

Wednesday September 1st
Barleycrates Lane - Westcliffs

Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Fulmar, Gannet, Grey Heron, Sand Martin, Whitethroat, Jersey Tiger, Adonis Blue, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Large White, Small White

Wednesday August 25th
Verne Naval Cemetery

Raven, Peregrine, Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Chalkhill Blue

Wednesday August 18th
Tout Quarry - Westcliffs

Wheatear, Raven, Peregrine, Kestrel, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Grayling, Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Copper, Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Autumn Ladies Tresses

Wednesday August 11th
Kingbarrow Quarry - Admiralty Quarry

Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Raven, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Adonis Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Wayfaring Tree, Common Toadflax, Olive-leaved Willow, Bergenia, Stemless Thistle, Carline Thistle, Autumn Ladies Tresses

Wednesday August 4th
Penn's Weare

Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Peregrine, Fulmar, Bullfinch, Little Owl, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Hoverfly Volucella zonaria, Maidenhair Fern

Wednesday July 28th
Verne Glacis - High Angle Battery

Kestrel, Raven, Linnet, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Chalkhill Blue, Small Blue, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Copper, Small Heath, Six-spot Burnet, Silver Y, Magpie Moth
Marjoram, Common Rock-rose

Wednesday July 21st
High Angle Battery

Kestrel, Little Owl, Raven, Linnet, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Chalkhill Blue, Small Blue, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Six-spot Burnet
Marjoram, Horseshoe Vetch, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Meadow Vetchling, Greater Knapweed, Wild Garlic, Burnet Saxifrage

Wednesday July 14th
East Weares - Nicodemus Knob

Buzzard, Whitethroat, Adder, Slow-worm, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Ringlet, Chalkhill Blue, Silver-studded Blue, Six-spot Burnet, Speckled Yellow
Pyramidal Orchid, White Stonecrop, Whitebeam, Golden Rod

Wednesday July 7th
Portland Bird Observatory - Eastcliffs

Rock Pipit, Skylark, Linnet, Gannet, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Scarlet Tiger, Six-spot Burnet, Yellow Shell
Rock Samphire, Golden Samphire

Wednesday June 30th
Ferrybridge - Chesil Beach

Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Linnet, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Gannet, Common Tern, Raven, Meadow Brown, Six-spot Burnet
Shrubby Seablite, Sea Purslane, Sea Beet, Sea Campion, Sea Bindweed, Marsh Samphire, Yellow Horned-poppy, Woody Nightshade

Wednesday June 23rd

Rock Pipit, Fulmar, Peregrine, Whitethroat, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Lulworth Skipper, Large Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Marbled White, Silver Y, Six-spot Burnet

Wednesday June 16th
Portland Bill

Kittiwake, Guillemot, Razorbill, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Skylark, Common Blue, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Cinnabar Moth, Six-spot Burnet Moth
Early Gentian, Bee Orchid

Wednesday June 9th
Verne Naval Cemetry

Fulmar, Peregrine, Kestrel, Raven, Whitethroat, Linnet, Red Admiral, Dingy Skipper

Wednesday May 26th
Portland Bill

Kittiwake, Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet, Fulmar, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Skylark, Linnet, Common Blue, Small Blue, Wall, Yellow Belle, Brown Tail Moth, Silver Y, Soldier Beetle
Early Purple Orchid, Kidney Vetch, Goatsbeard, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Horseshoe Vetch, Hoary Cress

Wednesday May 19th
Penn Weare

Swallow, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Kestrel, Raven, Fulmar, Stock Dove, Bullfinch, Holly Blue
Maidenhair Fern, Horseshoe Vetch, Hoary Stock

Wednesday May 12th

Swift, House Martin, Swallow, Garden Warbler, Wheatear, Whinchat, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Kestrel, Yellow Wagtail, Green-veined White

Wednesday April 21st
Broadcroft Quarry - Yeolands Quarry - Silklake

Raven, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Wheatear, Whinchat, Redstart, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Oil Beetle, Tadpoles

Wednesday April 14th
Tout Quarry - Westcliffs

Raven, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Fulmar, Oystercatcher

Wednesday March 31st
Portland Harbour

Manx Shearwater, Slavonian Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Sandwich Tern, Red-breasted Merganser, Bullfinch, Oystercatcher

Wednesday March 24th
Portland Bill

Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Peregrine, Kestrel, Buzzard, Raven, Guillemot, Gannet, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Shag, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Linnet

Wednesday March 17th
Inmosthay - Jordan Quarry - Tout Quarry

Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Firecrest

Wednesday March 10th
Barleycrates Lane - Blacknor - Reap Lane

Kestrel, Black Redstart, Fulmar, Redwing, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Alpaca (4)

Wednesday March 3rd
Kingbarrow Quarry

Shining Cranesbill, Teasel, Hartstongue Fern, Male Fern, Wayfaring Tree

Wednesday February 24th
Westcliffs - Jordan Quarry

Raven, Kestrel, Fulmar

Wednesday February 17th
Ferrybridge - Portland Harbour

Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Red-breasted merganser, Mediterranean Gull (100), Lapwing, Kestrel

news just in! - a colour-ringed Little Egret we saw on March 19th 2008 on the Fleet was ringed in Hampshire (Sowley Pond in the New Forest) as a chick in 2006. It then spent its first year at Keyhaven Marshes before moving to Dorset.

Wednesday February 10th
Church Ope Cove

Buzzard, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Black Redstart

Wednesday February 3rd
Verne Naval Cemetry

Kestrel, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Fieldfare, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Pheasant

Wednesday January 27th

Peregrine, Kestrel, Rock Pipit, Great Tit, Guillemot, Winter Heliotrope

Wednesday January 20th
Portland Bill

Gannet, Kittiwake, Common Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Guillemot, Razorbill, Golden Plover

Wednesday January 13th
Reap Lane - Barleycrates Lane

Woodcock, Golden Plover, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush (northern race), Kestrel, Skylark

Wednesday January 6th
Portland Bill

Gannet, Kittiwake, Guillemot, Razorbill, Buzzard, Peregrine, Lapwing (1000), Golden Plover (50), Fieldfare, Redwing

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