National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

An osprey summer?

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Early summer migrants are passing through the area now. The first wheatear appeared on the 21st March and a swallow flew over on the 22nd. Chiffchaffs are in full voice and the resident Dartford warblers, stonechats and green woodpeckers are very active and easy to spot.

As we move into April, look and listen for willow warbler, reed warbler, blackcap and cuckoo. Amongst the regular waders, new spring arrivals will include greenshank, whimbrel and common sandpiper.

Poole Harbour’s first osprey of the year drifted over Middlebere on 24th March and another flew over Little Sea on the 27th so keep your eyes peeled for more throughout April. Perhaps this is the year when a pair will set up home in one of the artificial nests constructed around the harbour in recent years.

A fly-over osprey

A fly-over osprey (


Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

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