National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

Bird Highlights in May

Leave a comment

common ternA heathland survey at Studland found Dartford warblers, linnets and stonechats doing well. However there was little sign of the meadow pipits, skylarks and lapwings that were recorded as breeding birds by Cyril Diver in the 1930’s. This indicates that there has been a change from a quite open heath to a more mature one with an increase in scrub and trees.
Cuckoos were calling on Hartland Moor and Godlingston Heath (31st) and at Middlebere there were three hobbys, two spoonbills and a marsh harrier (22nd).
Common terns continue to entertain around the harbour entrance. I’ve often seen gulls swooping over fishing boats catching bait thrown into the air by sea anglers but today was the first time I have seen a tern do it. Quite a change from a plunge dive but the result was just as effective.

Advertisements

Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s