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These are summaries of species sightings in previous months. Click 'read more' for the full text and for access to species lists, charts and maps:

  • February 2019

    Submitted by PeterOrchard on Fri, 01/02/2019 - 07:02

    Records for February are currently being collected and a review will appear here at the end of the month 



  • November 2018

    Submitted by PeterOrchard on Thu, 01/11/2018 - 18:40


    Weather-wise it was a month of two halves; the first two weeks were pleasant and more like September than November but then mid-month storm Callum came along and from there on the weather became much more unsettled and we had rain at last. The settled weather though made for a fairly quiet month for the bird watchers in Dorset.

  • October 2018

    Submitted by PeterOrchard on Tue, 02/10/2018 - 08:19


    October was something of an Indian summer with generally clear, sunny skies and warm temperatures. This regime was interrupted briefly for a couple of days by the arrival of storm Callum, the effects of which were far more severe further north than down here in Dorset. This fine settled weather meant there was little activity on the birding front with migration seeming to be almost at a stand still on some days and with only the one Atlantic storm there were few notable records. Words used to describe 'birding' this month included dire, dead and dismall! 

  • September 2018

    Submitted by PeterOrchard on Sat, 01/09/2018 - 18:48

    September turned out to a bit of a storm sandwich! A settled spell with some lovely days suddenly gave way to a week of westerly storms before the calm returned with more sunny skies and gentle breezes. The coming of the autumn storms quickens the pulse of 'twitchers' hoping for a series of exotic stray birds coming in on the strong westerlies but this time it was not to be with just a lesser yellow-legs showing up and staying a while at Lodmoor.

  • August 2018

    Submitted by PeterOrchard on Wed, 01/08/2018 - 16:18

    August turned out to be the proverbial "game of two halves"; the first two weeks saw the baking heatwave continue and then, suddenly, the weather changed, turned cooler and the breeze and cloud returned. Despite the change there remained a serious lack of rain. The first two weeks also saw little bird movement and then, in the second two weeks there were visible signs that the autumn migration was beginning in earnest.

  • July 2018

    Submitted by PeterOrchard on Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:43

    July turned out to be something of a heatwave; after a timid start the sun really got into full gear by mid-month with temperatures reaching 28 here in Dorset and it was even hotter elsewhere. As far as nature reports went it was like July in mostyears I suspect, quiet on the bird fron but lots of insect records with some being quite notable.