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  • More Moths...

    Without trying to sound like a broken record our moth and Butterfly themed blog posts must continue, as the temperatures have begun to rise as have the number of reports of Silver-studded Blues. Coombe Heath is by far the best place to encounter this pretty little butterfly. Our moth trap openings in the morning have been becoming more and more productive; although migration has slowed the number of resident species has risen very, very quickly and we’re recording new species for the year every day. Probably the highlight of our escapades has been the discovery of a Micro moth called Diplodoma laichartingella, amazingly both times it was captured in the Visitor Hut! Must be our welcoming, smiling faces at the hut...

    With such good catches each day now we really do invite people to come and see what we’re getting each night, we open the traps down at 9am at the Visitor hut. These pics might entice a few of you to venture out nice and early!


    Elephant Hawk-moth

    Beautiful Golden Y


    Moths aren’t all we catch in the traps. This Eyed Ladybird was a good capture this morning.

    Just to add in a little bit of bird news a Poole Harbour Marsh Harrier has fledged after a tense couple of weeks the exciting news of a fledgling was broadcast just this morning! Joining it also appear to be increasing numbers of Spoonbill so keep your eyes peeled from Shipstall and Coombe heath for your chance to see these special birds.

    Also coming up this month is our Big Wild Canoe event in Poole Harbour, You can find out more information at and if you’d like to book you can follow this link . Will be an incredible way to see Arne and the surrounding harbour.

  • Birds take a back seat....

    So June is well and truly upon us which means some of our non-avian friends are taking the lime light away from the likes of the Dartford Warblers and the Spoonbills. Our moth traps have been particularly interesting with some notable and very welcome visitors. Lots of wildlife migrates and moths are no exceptions. So far the migrant species we’ve recorded have mainly been ‘brown type’ moths but the stories behind them are amazing! Hopefully in the next few days we’ll post up a picture of an incredibly stunning, rare migrant moth... We’re still trapping most nights so join us a the visitor hut from 9am for a look at the previous nights results and find out their stories. Possibly the most unusual species we’ve recorded wasn’t in the moth traps. This odd looking collection of sticks is actually housing a larvae of a Pachythelio villosella, otherwise known as a Bagworm Moth.


    pic by Jack Oughton

    Caterpillars, or larvae, live their entire lives inside these cases which are made of debris from the heath land. This particular species is restricted to Dorset heaths making Arne an important place for these critters to live. This moth is a nice one to finish of the moth info in this post. Nemophora degeerellla obviously...


    Reptiles have been particularly good recently with the occurrence of a swimming Adder being most notable! Photographed by Keith Rogers whilst on our Wednesday guided walk.


    The first Silver-studded Blue was seen a few days ago which should be the first of many providing the weathers stays on their side.

    The most exciting birdy news relates to our Barn Owl family. They hatched five of their six eggs which is superb! Now the hard work starts for them. You can keep tabs on them 24hours a day by following this link, .

    If you’re not already, check out our twitter page which has photo’s from visitors and us plus up to the minute sightings.

  • The Weekends Wildlife

    A lot has happened over the weekend at Arne. Firstly our Barn Owl eggs have cracked on and two more have hatched. Three more to go for a full house or should that be nest box. This blurry picture gives you an idea of what’s going on but you’ll have to pop into the hut for a better view!


    Possibly the biggest news over the weekend was of a very bold Water Vole. Lots of visitors on Saturday afternoon came back to the hut with stunning photo’s of a Water Vole down at Shipstal Pond. Sadly we didn’t get any ourselves so I’m going to leave a blank space below in readiness for a pic. If anyone who’s reading this got a picture please email it across to and we’ll pop it onto the blog!


    At the same spot, orchids are a little more reliable. We believe they are Early March Orchids which aren’t particularly common in the UK. However, it seems this group of orchids are notoriously tricky to ID. We’ll just appreciate them for what they are... pretty orchids.


    And finally some moths! During May we ran Monday moth mornings but actually we were running our moth traps nearly every night. So instead of special events we’ve decided that every morning will be moth morning! Only problem might be occasional bad weather but as long as the previous night’s weather was ok, come along from 9am at the hut for peak some impressive creatures such as this amazing Privet Hawk-moth!