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  • Media: Nightjar - Arne Cafe

    Shot of the nightjar conveniently roosting outside the cafe. A real treat to see one of these birds in full daylight. I'm sure it's got bark for feathers
  • Blog Post: The Suns bringing out the wildlife!

    There’s lots to catch up on since our last blog. Continuing the theme from last time, moths are building in numbers and the trap is being run most night. Do pop into the hut first thing in the mornings to see what we’ve caught. Morning visits are being quite productive at the moment with...
  • Blog Post: Moth season is here!

    Exciting times here at Arne as finally, after the clear and crisp nights of the winter months, humidity and clouds have returned once again to our night skies. This means one thing and one thing only... Moths! The traps have been dusted off, bulbs replaced where needed, and dodgy electrics ignored by...
  • Blog Post: April Showers

    So April is here and so are the birds! As are April showers which have soaked a few people out of the reserve today but it's worth the effort! The last couple of days has seen the return of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps which are now joining Chiffchaffs and Swallows which have been building up over...
  • Blog Post: What a Good Friday!!

    Who’d have thought I’d be in the office on Easter Saturday writing a blog... It should be lovely and sunny with Arne bustling with enthusiastic visitors spotting all the signs of spring. Well, that’s exactly what happened yesterday! It was a stunning day and provided everyone with...
  • Blog Post: It's OPEN!!

    It’s been one of the, if not the major talking point of probably the past year at Arne... Therefore I’m very pleased to say that our new shop and café has opened its doors to visitors for the first time today and it’s gone down a storm. There’s been an overwhelmingly positive...
  • Blog Post: Butterfly Hunting

    Hi everyone! Today I’m going to tell you about the lovely work I’ve been doing for the past week... it involves running around the heath and identifying beautiful butterflies! Before I start rambling I wanted to teach you the Spanish word for butterfly which is mariposa ! I’ve always...
  • Media: Queen wood ant assassination

    Deceased queen wood ant with decapitated worker ant still attached. Arne, Dorset, UK.
  • Media: Bagworm vs. wood ants

    Bagworm moth pupa attacked by wood ants. Arne, Dorset, UK.
  • Media: Skip tits

    Blue tits nesting in recycling container. Arne, Dorset, UK.
  • Media: Emperor moth predated by wood ant

    Emperor moth caterpillar (Saturnia pavonia) predated by wood ant (Formica rufa). Arne, Dorset, UK.
  • Blog Post: Cracking times at Arne

    Hello everybody! Hopefully you’ve all been enjoying the glorious weather and extended weekend. Once again the prolonged sunshine has been bringing the visitors in their droves to Arne, all intent on sampling the fantastic scenery and nature that Arne has to offer. One of the more recent highlights...
  • Blog Post: Yet more reasons to come to Arne!

    May is an amazing month to visit Arne. Our last blog highlighted some of the great birds that are around at the moment plus some of our non-avian highlights. If those weren’t enough to get you hot footing it to Arne then we’ve also got some great events happening over the next few weeks which...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 11/05/15

    Hi there everyone! So after a busy bank holiday weekend at Arne the sightings have been rolling in! Everything ranging from Marsh Harriers to Spotted Flycatchers, Sand Lizards to Wall Browns have been observed between Shipstal Point and Coombe Heath, making it a perfect experience for anyone visiting...
  • Blog Post: Survey season has begun.

    With the excellent weather we have had over the past two weeks, now is the time for the Spring/ Summer surveying to commence. This is an exciting time with increasing wildlife sightings around the reserves. Due to the lovely sunshine that late April has brought, reptiles are increasingly being spotted...
  • Media: Siskin today at Arne

    Lovely Male Siskin
  • Media: Dartford

    Dartford Warbler
  • Media: Osprey Pole Upgrade

  • Media: Deer taken at Arne on 01-02-15

    Deer taken at Arne on 01-02-15
  • Media: Young buck feeding

  • Media: Leucistic deer

  • Blog Post: Arne Autumn Arrivals

    As the temperature is finally starting to drop, the familiar Autumn colours are starting to show which is wonderful to see. At Arne over the past few weeks we have seen large numbers of avocets , brent geese and lapwing moving in, as well as the spoonbills which many people have come to see after their...
  • Media: Birch catkin bugs

    Birch catkin bugs (Kleidocerys residae) with adult shield bug. Arne, Dorset, UK. I thought these must be baby shield bugs at first but it seems now. Hundreds of them in the woodland.
  • Media: Grasping the point

    Robin on the track between the farm and Shipstal Point. Taken on 1st October 2014.
  • Media: Missing the point

    Robin on the track between the farm and Shipstal Point. Taken on 1st October 2014.