In the Mire

Despite its tiny size this unusual fungi is unmistakeable in the dark shady areas of Dorset’s mires and bogs. Feeding off the remains of mosses and algae the fruiting bodies emerge from the depths to be held just above the water.  This particular group was Read More …

Rockin n Reelin

Originally I was hoping to post this update a few weeks ago but 15 days wandering around Dorset and Oxfordshire without a reliable internet connection put paid to that idea. Better late than never. Several years ago the sound of the Grasshopper Warbler reeling away Read More …

Bucking the Trend

A Small Copper on some late flowering Hemp Agrimony. On the back of a disastrous summer for Butterflies on reflection I think we must have been lucky. Certainly plenty around Durlston Country Park in mid September. Great to see the sun really bringing out the iridescence of the Small Read More …

Sika at Arne

Hmmm…..storm clouds gathering just after dawn. Not a good sign. Silver Birch dominated woodland at the RSPB’s Arne Nature Reserve. Sika hinds (female) and a calf amongst the heath. A more unusual white Sika hind. Normally associated with domestication and inbreeding the white variation appears Read More …

Norden Heath

Common Lizard Enjoying a few rays of sunshine at Norden Heath close to the boundary with Kilwood Nature Reserve. Sand Lizard Great to see the lizard taking advantage of a south west facing banking recently cleared of Gorse. Young Common Lizard Silver Y Moth Common Earthbumball Read More …