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summer wildlife of coast and heath

A relaxed exploration of Dorset’s beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife, with a particular focus on some of the characteristic, charismatic invertebrates of the chalk downs and heathland.
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Four nights accommodation, full board.

Not included

Travel to Kingston. Refreshments. Gratuities. Travel insurance. Covid tests and associated costs. 

Group size

Minimum 5, maximum 12.

We will be based near Corfe Castle in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, the most biodiverse area of its size in the British Isles. The variety of habitats from bright heaths, and pine forests to chalk downland and stunning coastline, provides an idyllic setting to enjoy the county’s wildlife.

Purbeck is best known for its lowland heath, and we will spend a day exploring this wonderful habitat, on the look out for carnivorous plants, rare birds and any of Britain’s six native reptiles. We will also pay attention to the notable invertebrates that make these heaths their home, including Silver-studded Blue, colourful tiger beetles and various interesting bees and wasps.

Further along the coast, we will spend time exploring the other key habitat locally, the chalk downland which opens up in a series of gentle whaleback hills with spectacular views of Poole Harbour, Studland and the Isle of Wight. Wild flowers that should be in flower during our visit include several species of orchid, the flowery meadows attracting in turn a variety of grassland butterflies, including Adonis Blue, Dingy Skipper and Marbled White.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, world-famous for their geology, offer the perfect spot to look for the rare and appropriately named Lulworth Skipper, while nearby cliffs at Durlston Head give a great vantage point from which to look for passing dolphins and nesting sea birds.

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

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