National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

Bird Highlights in May

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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.


Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

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