Sunday, 23 April 2017

Woodland Ramble!!!

On Wednesday (19th) we saw ourselves in the north of Dorset near the Wiltshire border at Garston Wood a RSPB woodland.  Its a very botanically rich woodland and can produce a good selection of woodland birds.  

Whilst we assembled in the car park we were serenaded Blackcap, Robin and Chiffchaff, walking through the gate we quickly added Orange-tip and Speckled Wood butterflies.  But the thing you really notice is the carpet of Bluebells interspersed with patches of Wild Garlic, Dogs Mercury, Wood Anemone and amongst all these Toothwort and Early Purple Orchids and Greater Twayblade just fantastic. 

Early Purple Orchid
Greater Twayblade Orchid
male Orange-tip - Garston Wood & Butcher Broom in berry © Nick Hull 
Our walk produced all the woodland species expected, Nuthatches were pretty active and probably our bird of the day was Tree Pipit, in fact we had two which were singing well and one sang long enough from one position for everyone to get pretty good views. Thanks to Martin for his photograph below.
Singing Tree Pipit - Garston Wood © Martin Black

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