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Environmental News June 2010

Another cool month, which has kept the flowers looking pretty. Alas it has also been a very dry month, which is keeping growth down. I visited Upton Heath recently, and it is a drab place, with the gorse hardly shooting and no luxuriant brambles. Did find a nice young adder, and a very bouncy dog that should have been on a lead.

This is pretty sad for the few butterflies that are around, though from the sightings on the Dorset Butterfly web site places like Powerstock and Portland have had more suitable weather.

Still plenty of birds along the coast, and there has been a sighting of 15 puffins at Durlston. Also locally a bee-eater has been seen. Last month there was a red kite in the sky, and this last month an osprey and a honey buzzard have been spotted. Personally I have heard at least three cuckoos, which is an improvement on earlier years.

Borough of Poole are fairly busy in June, with a childrens morning at Upton House on Wed. a Moth trap close up (9.30 5th), a Canford Heath ramble on 13th (Gravel hill, 14.00), and a nightjar hunt on July 7th (Culliford Crescent, 20.30, SZ 028 948). Also nightjars to be seen at Christchurch (01425 272479 Sat 5th, Ringwood 10th, Arne (26th) and of course, up on the Corfe Hills reserve.

Guided walks for flowers, birds and butterflies, with details given on the Dorset for you website, or ask directly to the groups below.

Useful Numbers for tasks and events :-

Local Dorset Wildlife Trust 01202 692033
Durlston Country Park 01929 424443
Avon Country Park 01425 478470
Poole Countryside (BoP) 01202 265265
Moors Valley 01425 470721
NT (Studland) 01929 450259
Natural England 01929 557450

Other useful wildlife web sites for wildlife news in this area are:

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