National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

Recent wildlife sightings

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The Rees Cox hide was the place to be with daily sightings of both water vole and kingfisher for a spell mid-month. The water vole was very active, repeatedly swimming out from the bank beneath the hide, chewing through a green reed stem then carrying it back to the bank. At the same time, a kingfisher regularly used a perch beside the hide to dive from and, whenever successful, flew by under the noses of the watchers in the hide, carrying its catch to a more distant lakeside tree.
Rare migrants usually grab the birdwatching headlines this month but don’t overlook the mass movements of common species. For example, on the morning of the 16th September, a local birder counted 2000 siskin, 1200 swallows and 300 meadow pipits flying over Shell Bay in just two hours.

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Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

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