Corn bunting Milaria calandra perched on Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna, Clubman's Down, near Compton Abbas, Dorset, England, UK, June 2021



Waves crashing over the boat crane, from Trinity House Obelisk, Portland Bill, Jurrasic Coast, Portland, Dorset, England, UK, August 2020
Pyramidal orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis Foontmell Down Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserve, Dorset, England, UK, June 2021
Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta and Ramsons Allium ursinum Garston Wood RSPB reserve near Shaftesbury Dorset England UK
Heathland and Scots pine Pinus sylvestris with Wych Channel and Poole Harbour beyond, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, July 2017

In this talk we explore many of the habitats of Dorset's rolling countryside.  Coastal locations include the county's most southerly point, Portland Bill, a great migration watchpoint with seabirds sometimes passing in significant numbers especially in rough weather.  In Spring and Autumn lots of migrants pass through the area hence the bird observatory at the old lower lighthouse.

Other habitats shown include farmland which in many parts, is worked in an environmentally friendly way as neighbouring land owners receive subsidies in what are called 'farm clusters'.  The county's woodlands often have a carpet of spring flowers such as Ramsons and Bluebells while the air will be full of the sound of bird song.

However, two of the habitats which Dorset is famous for are its chalk downland and its heathland nature reserves.  Like the woods, the downlands are important for their wild flowers, including many species of wild orchids, as well as lots of insects including some rare and declining butterflies.  The heaths hold many rare species too from spiders to snakes and dragonflies to Dartford warblers.  All things considered, this is truly a fabulous county for any naturalist to visit as the talk shows.

As usual, the talk is illustrated by my own acclaimed photography (plus a few shots taken at the Etches Collection and from the Birds of Poole Harbour's osprey nest camera) and is combined with a light and informative live commentary.

To book this talk either email or telephone me directly or, if you do not have the above information, I can be reached via my 'contact me' page.

Wild thyme Thymus polytrichus and Common rockrose Helianthemum nummularium on Clubman's Down with Compton Down beyond, near Compton Abbas, Dorset, England, UK, June 2021
The steep cobbled stree of Gold Hill with housing and the buttressed walls of the Precinct part of the ancient Shaftesbury Abbey, Dorset, England, UK, April 2023
Brown hairstreak Thecla betulae resting showing underside, Alners Gorse Reserve, Butterfly Conservation Reserve, near Kings Stag, Dorset, England, UK, August 2021
Ring-necked pheasant Phasianus colchicus close-up of a male looking straight at the camera near Cashmoor, Cranborne Chase, Dorset, England, UK, February 2022