Environmental News March 2008
It was a very kind February for most species, both plants and animals. One only has to look at all the flowers to realise how advanced they are. Climate change is really kicking in.
Lots of young birds already hopping around, and I have been impressed by the number of thrushes I have seen. The only local bird that seems to have gone down in number, is the wren. Generally there are a couple in my garden, and they were also common on Broadstone Heath. But not this year.
The month started with a few over-wintering butterflies, but they seem to have gone back into the ivy. But I am sure they will come again. The Dorset website lists sightings up to the middle of February, but nothing since.
The butterfly statistics are presented on 7th March, St Catherine’s Church, Wimborne, 7.30PM. An interesting evening!
Still conservation tasks abound, though by April most will be finished. Locally the group on Broadstone Heath will be hacking away on 9th March, 9.30AM
The events in ’Coast and Countryside’ are beginning to drift back towards birds, and of course those very mysterious Easter Eggs. RSPB walks at Radipole and Lodmoor. There is also a bird-boat round Poole Harbour on Mar 9th (01929 462383).
Lots of varied activities, including some for children. All to be found on the website www.dorsetaonb.org.
Useful Numbers of organisations running tasks or walks:-
|Dorset Countryside||01305 225037|
|Durlston Country Park||01929 424443|
|Poole Countryside||01202 265265|
|Avon Country Park||01425 478470|
|Moors Valley||01425 470721|
|NT (Studland)||01929 450259|
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