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June
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
With the longest day now behind us, the seabirds are coming towards the end of their breeding season with chicks galor... Read More
by Katie Black
21
June
Monday 21 June, 2021
It is a bit wild and windy this morning, with 6.2mm of rain overnight, heavy rain and strong winds forecast all day. A... Read More
by Catherine Carter
20
June
Sunday 20 June, 2021
What a very British mid-summer! Garden Snails and Leopard Slugs make their way across the footpaths revealing the damp... Read More
by Catherine Carter
19
June
Saturday 19 January, 2021
Beneath the carpet of cloud there was great visibility to the Isle of Wight, whilst the vegetation beneath wore a ligh... Read More
by Paul Jones
18
June
Friday 18 June, 2021
Long Meadow is a lovely accessible meadow within easy reach of the car park and castle, strolling down the tarmac foot... Read More
by Catherine Carter
17
June
Thursday 17th June, 2021
Durlstons wonderful hay meadows are almost at their midsummer peak! Despite walking them several times a week for the ... Read More
by Ali Tuckey
16
June
Wednesday 16th June, 2021
Yesterday saw some car park verges being cut, however, car was taken to save key flowers including two Bee Orchid stem... Read More
by Paul Jones
15
June
Tuesday 15th June, 2021
The sound of Skylarks drew me west into the meadows this morning. Starting with Smithfield, I could also hear soft coo... Read More
by Ben Tolley
14
June
Monday 14th June, 2021
The grass flower heads presented a bounty of seeds to the lightest of breezes. Again, a Swallow perched on the learnin... Read More
by Paul Jones
13
June
Sunday 13th June 2021
In warm sunshine, my early patrol started with a wonderful few minutes watching two young Stoats scurrying in and arou... Read More
by Katie Black
12
June
Saturday 12 June, 2021
What a beautiful morning and we can see the sea again, woohoo!! As I walked down to the boat trip last night a femal... Read More
by Catherine Carter
11
June
Friday 11 June, 2021
Day two in the clouds; entering the woods the view was filled with a damp white mist right down to the ground, it made... Read More
by Catherine Carter
10
June
Thursday 10th June, 2021
The hills of Durlston woke up inside a thick cloud of fog this morning, with visibility dropping to just a few hundred... Read More
by Ben Tolley
09
June
Wednesday 9th June 2021
The meadows called as the fog wafted in and out, the sky a mix of thick dark grey cloud, stunning blue patches, fluffy... Read More
by Katie Black
08
June
Tuesday 08 June, 2021
Yesterday, whilst moving horse extracted timber from Long Meadow, a Pyramidal Orchid was discovered ibn bloom. We will... Read More
by Paul Jones
07
June
Monday 07 June 2021
Sweeping across the grey sky were lots of Swallows, small black dots zooming left and right, up and down, superb to wa... Read More
by Katie Black
06
June
Sunday 6th June 2021
A shock to the system to have to find a waterproof coat for this mornings patrol, with the thick grey fog the main fea... Read More
by Katie Black
05
June
Saturday 5th June, 2021
A lovely summer morning! Overhead, a perfect blue dome of sky, with the sunshine sparkling on gently lapping waves bel... Read More
by Ali Tuckey
04
June
Friday 04 June, 2021
Blue Tits and Great Tits were in abundance flying between an Ash tree and a Sycamore Tree, I watched them flying and p... Read More
by Catherine Carter
03
June
Thursday 3rd June 2021
Which way to go was my first problem for the morning to see the wonderful wildflowers in the meadows or on the downs,... Read More
by Katie Black
02
June
Wednesday 2nd June, 2021
An alert Green Woodpecker clocked me as I sat down in the Hide this morning. Its red-capped head jerked sideways befor... Read More
by Ben Tolley
01
June
Tuesday 1st June 2021
Another glorious early morning here at Durlston, with the sound of Skylarks echoing across the countryside, these lark... Read More
by Katie Black
31
May
Monday 31 May, 2021
What a beautiful day, with not a cloud in the sky and a faint moon hidden in the bright blue sky. I was greeted first ... Read More
by Catherine Carter
30
May
Sunday 30 May, 2021
The wildlife garden hedge had grown to a sufficient height that it meant there would be little need to replace the mis... Read More
by Paul Jones
29
May
Saturday 29th May, 2021
Spring is sweeping across the Park with almost dizzying speed at the moment, transforming the meadows and downland. Pl... Read More
by Ali Tuckey
28
May
Friday 28th May, 2021
A calm but cloudy start to the day with a few specks of rain falling as I set on this mornings walk. I head across the... Read More
by Ben Tolley
27
May
Thursday 27 May, 2021
What a beautiful morning! I soon realised that two jumpers were completely unnecessary, one still being wet from yeste... Read More
by Catherine Carter
26
May
Wednesday 26th May, 2021
After a day of heavy rain yesterday, a dry and almost sunny start to the day! Out in the meadows, Skylarks are singi... Read More
by Ali Tuckey
25
May
Tuesday 25 May, 2021
The warm sun shone down on me as the Elm leaves rustled above from the light southerly breeze. Around the Castle was a... Read More
by Catherine Carter
24
May
Monday 24 May, 2021
Like confetti, the petals of Hawthorn decorated the road. Raindrops, shed from leaves, created concentric ring ripples... Read More
by Paul Jones