Higher Hyde Heath – part 1


An exceptional nature reserve managed by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Unfortunately at the time of our visit the tails around the heathland and bog were impassable due to the heavy rains and high water table. Therefore we explored the area around the bird hide, pond and what looked like a former builders yard.

Entrance board at Higher Hyde Heath

Entrance sign to DWT Higher Hyde Heath (click and view larger photo for clearer text)

Green Hairstreak

Green Hairstreak

Green Hairstreak egglaying
Green Hairstreak (female) egg laying)

Downy Emerald Dragonfly

Female Downy Emerald Dragonfly drying its wings after recently emerging

Due to the flooded trails unfortunately we had to give the tiny Bog Orchids a miss (not that we would have found them), likewise the Sundews and the pale Butterwort. One of the locals did advise against exploring the heathland at this time of year because of the phenomenal number of ticks. One day we’ll return – armed with a bottle of Deet.

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