National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

June highlights

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silver-studded bluesSo we’re into the month of blooming heather though it’s always sad to see June depart with its fledglings finding their wings and spiralling numbers of flying insects. It was entertaining to see our resident great tits fledge four young from our live-cam nest box (actually their second brood of the year), very heartening after last year’s woodpecker raid on the nest. Another highlight was the gorgeous glut of pyramidal orchids on Ballard Down near Old Harry Rocks. But best of all was the abundance of silver-studded blues on a patch of wet heath at Bramble Bush Bay. Despite being such weak flyers it was still very difficult to get a reasonably accurate count. Certainly more than a hundred and perhaps even twice that.

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Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

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