I recently took a trip down to Arne before the school summer holidays as I’m sure it will be very busy. I went fairly early in the morning and left around lunch time, by then the car park was full and the overflow car park was well in use so early is best! It was warm but not as hot as some days we have been having recently. So it was a fairly pleasant walk around the top of Shipstal beach and ponds.
I wasn’t expecting to see too much as the birds have more or less finished their breeding season and the Bracken is very high and foliage is obscuring a lot of the wildlife. I could have gone over to Coombe Heath as there was an Osprey flying, but at a distance, hopefully in the autumn there will be more passing through and flying a little closer to the hides. Good news that Birds of Poole harbour are rearing some Osprey Chicks with a hope they may breed in the harbour in future years, that will be exciting!
The Sika deer were well hidden but I spotted single Sika hinds in the undergrowth; the Heather is starting to flower and the heath is looking very attractive. There were no signs of any Sika stags.
There were quite a few Dragonflies flying around the Shipstal Ponds.
A few Butterflies in the meadows including plenty of Gatekeeper butterflies.
A chance spot of a Common Lizard at the side of the path, I was hoping it was a Sand Lizard but the common one was nice to see, it moved very quickly so it was lucky to get a picture.