Signs of Spring are not far away #Swanage!
At this time of year you can hear the Dartford warblers and Gold Crests in full song a confirmation that they have survived the winter season. The Gold Crest lays up to 11 eggs and will have 2 broods per year to ensure it’s survival, listen out for them around large conifers and dense woodland within our protected UNESCO world heritage site. At this time of year you may also witness brimstone butterflies that will appear after hibernation as March sets in.
Here in The Isle of Purbeck we have many gravel pits and lakes, during the end of February and March you may get lucky and bear witness to our Great Crested Grebes amazing Courtship Displays.
Around the middle of March the Chiff Chaffs have arrived to feast on an abundance of insects after their journey across the busiest shipping channel in the world.
As well as new arrivals there are of-course the departures, which have blessed us with their presence during the winter months whilst avoiding the harsh Arctic Winter. These species include thrushes, finches, waders and wildfow all heading back North.
Along the South coastal path inland in Dorset there are many fields that spread as far as the eyes will see and you have a very good chance during end of February and March to witness the Hares boxing, showing off their skills to impress potential mates and can be seen chasing each other at great speeds across the fields.
Whilst enjoying our wildlife you may wish to visit a few of our world famous landmarks which include.
The perfect base to stay in comfort only yards from the entrance to the Jurassic Coastline is 4 star award winning “Accommodation with Breakfast” THE CASTLETON HOTEL