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  • Introducing our new ‘Hire a Guide’ service at Arne Nature Reserve!

    Guided walks are always a popular way to discover more about a place like Arne. Some species can be tricky to see and someone with lots of experience can be invaluable when trying to spot something like a Dartford Warbler or separating those pesky waders. Our well attended Wednesday ‘Discover Arne’ walks are good but often in a larger group spotting everything can be tricky. That’s why this Autumn/Winter you can hire your very own guide to experience Arne at its best.

    This is the deal... For £50 you get a guide who’s well equipped with a vast knowledge of Arne and it’s wildlife, for a two hour tour of Arne. We can have groups of up to 6 people and it’s pretty much up to you how your visit will pan out. If you’d love to see a Dartford Warbler, that will be our focus. If you wanted to explore the WW2 gun emplacement, that’s what we’ll do. If you’d like to experience the sight of thousands of wading birds wheeling around the sky? You’ve guessed it, that’s what we’ll do. Of course, birds being birds, we can’t guarantee anything but we love a challenge at Arne!

    Here’s a suggestion... It could make an incredible birthday gift which is not only a brilliant day out but the money will go back into conservation!

    Arne is over 550 hectares of prime wildlife habitat waiting to be explored. To arrange a guide for yourself, a relative or friend or a small group, give us a ring on 01929 553360 or email

    Dartford Warbler by Luke Phillips

  • A few autumnal sightings

    Autumn is well and truly here! Days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler which means birds are on the move big time. Wader numbers are continuing grow with Black-tailed Godwit now the most numerous wader. There are probably over 800 around the Arne peninsular at the moment. Dunlin numbers are on the up and this is a good time of year to scan through carefully as there could be something a little more exciting amongst the flock such as a Curlew Sandpiper or a Little Stint. A group of 4 Curlew Sandpiper were seen for a couple of days recently in the Middlebeare Channel which is by far the best place to check out the waders. The first Brent Good appeared in the harbour this morning which will be the first of many.

    Ospreys are still featuring in our daily sightings but numbers are starting to slope off. The next week or two could be your chance to see your final Osprey of 2015. The new raptor trail which I’m sure some of you have explored already is still open and will be for at least the next couple of months. Hobby and Marsh Harrier are being seen regularly from this trail.

    Marsh Harrier by Luke Phillips


    Spoonbill number are also growing. 15 yesterday from Shipstal Hide plus over 20 on Brownsea Island yesterday takes the harbour total over 30. Won’t be long before we’ll find out whether the harbour record of 49 will be broken?!

     Spoonbill by Keith Rogers.

    This mornings stroll from the office to the visitor hut revealed that Meadow Pipits are starting their migration on mass. This species can be seen in their hundreds passing over during the next few weeks. Listen out for their sweeping calls overhead.

     Meadow Pipit by Luke Phillips

    Swallows are also moving in numbers as are Siskin. Large numbers have gone through so far this year. They’ve had a good breeding season by the looks of it!

    Also around the visitor hut this morning were our Firecrests. These have been a real feature of the car park in past winters. Hopefully this year will be a good one!

    To finish just a quick note to say that there are still a few places on this Saturdays 50th anniversary event which starts at 11am with a guided walk around all the best bits of Arne followed by talks from various people including our Director of Conservation, Dr Martin Harper. There’ll also be birthday cake, drinks and a buffet supplied by the Salt Pig in Wareham who do incredible grub! Give us a ring on 01929 553360. Cost is £20 per person which includes all refreshments and buffet lunch.

  • Moth Night 2015

    As Part of National Moth Night we at Arne Will be holding an open the trap event on the morning of Saturday the 12th Of September, although a little short notice we’re sure a few of you would like to come and join in. We’re planning to run 3 Traps over night aiming to trap Migrants species like Silver-Y, Dark Sword-grass and the much more sought after Convolvulus Hawkmoth. The main event is organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation, this year to monitor the effects of climate change by tracking moths which aren’t residents in Britain. It’s completely free for members and non-members to come along but obviously donations to the RSPB will be welcome.

    More information can be on the Moth Night Website and On their Facebook Page