There’s lots to catch up on since our last blog. Continuing the theme from last time, moths are building in numbers and the trap is being run most night. Do pop into the hut first thing in the mornings to see what we’ve caught. Morning visits are being quite productive at the moment with the occasional Cuckoo being heard along with very good numbers of Dartford Warbler and other regular heathland species such as Meadow Pipits and Linnets. We were very excited to hear about the first ‘churring’ Nightjar of the year was back this week. One was heard Tuesday (3rd) evening. Perfect timing for the start of our summer Nightjar Walks which kick off on the 18th May. Spaces are available so give us a ring on 01929 553360 to book a place. All the details can be found here - http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-398085
The warmer weather this week has brought out the insects with butterflies being seen in good numbers today. In just a few minutes in our shop and cafe gardens we saw Orange-tip, Small White, Large White and several stunning Brimestone. This one was photographed near the visitor hut yesterday.
Reptiles have also been a big feature this week. Common Lizards are living up to their name and are certainly the most commonly seen but Sand Lizards are close behind. Excitingly we’ve had a few reports of Adder at Arne this week. Hopefully a sign of them increasing as we do work to improve their habitat. This picture of a Sand Lizard was sent in this week by Chris Lucas.
If you happen to take any nice pics whilst visiting us we’ve love to see them. Either email them across to firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a tweet @RSPBArne. You can also facebook us at https://www.facebook.com/RSPBEastDorset/ .