National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

An idyllic afternoon at Little Sea

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Carp cruising around the lily pads; a singing chiffchaff away on the far bank; a four-spotted chaser perched on a reed stem just three feet away and black-tailed skimmers too. Two cormorants and a grey heron are just visible but then a handsome great-crested grebe appears out of nowhere, collects a floating reed stem and swims off again. Six house martins swoop low over the surface, catching flies in the warm sunshine and a swift powers by at height. My attention is drawn to a delicate wake coming this way and a grass snake undulates across the lake to the near bank, somehow keeping its head above water.
And not a soul to be seen; only a distant dogs’ bark and the faintest of shouts from the beach to indicate a human presence. Perfect.

View from the hide

View from the hide

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Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

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