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Dorset: The Isle of Purbeck

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May 10 - 17, 2018 | Tour Director: Mark Welch | Register interest
 
 

DESCRIPTION

• Explore the fascinating natural history of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset

Enjoy a day excursion to Brownsea Island, takin in its history, wildlife and conservation

Look out for the heathland birds (including the Dartford Warbler), reptiles, invertebrates and flowers, and learn about the Ladybird Spider conservation project at RSPB Arne


 

This tour will explore the habitats and wildlife of the magical Isle of Purbeck, the lands either side of the ridge of chalk that forms the spine of coastal Dorset.

We will study the fauna, flora and geology of this spectacular stretch of coastline, which is of international and scientific importance, and part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. 

This tour includes exploratory excursions to a range of sites. Studland Bay is home to the Cyril Diver Project, a conservation programme monitoring species.

We will hear a talk from a National Trust conservation officer, and have the opportunity to participate in invertebrate and plant surveys.

We will spend time uncovering local wildlife, undertaking a migratory bird watch at Ballard Down, an area of chalk downland, and exploring Durlston Country Park, where we will have the opportunity to look out for butterflies, bees, flowers and seabirds.

Home to a range of wildlife habitats, from ancient meadows to hedgewows and sea-cliffs, the park hosts and astonishing diversity of species. Wareham Forest provides evidence of afforestation and habitat changes that have taken place over a century: here, we will look out for invertebrates and bog flora. Other highlights of our tour will include the Etches Collection at the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, a new museum housing an extensive collection of fossil specimes from the Kimmeridign clays, and a visit to the 'ghost villages' of Tyneham.

We will stay throughout in Swanage   

 

TOUR DATES

May 10 – May 17 2018
7 DAYS | TOUR CODE: DORS-18
 
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Full details relased in Autumn 2017. Some itinerary details may be subject to change. Contact the ACE office now to register your interest.

 

TOUR DIRECTOR
 

Dr Mark Welch, MSc, DPhil

research scientist in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London, studying the atomic-scale structure and properties of minerals.

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Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles 1600 in Swanage hotel. Introductory lecture followed by short evening walk around Swanage.

Day

2

Morning lecture followed by visit to Studland Bay (Cyril Diver Project). Afternoon: continuation of surveys followed by beach stroll along the strandline. Evening: Studland & Godlingston Heath Nature Reserve (nightjars).

Day

3

Whole day excursion by ferry to Brownsea Island.

Day

4

Morning: Etches Collection (Museum of Jurassic Marine Life), Kimmeridge. Afternoon: beach walk and Tyneham (ghost village). Evening lecture.

Day

5

Ballard Down for migratory bird watch followed by Durlston Country Park and free time in Swanage.

Day

6

Morning: Wareham Forest. Afternoon: Wareham town (ancient strategic site) and walk through Frome water meadows. Evening lecture.

Day

7

Whole day excursion to RSPB Arne. Evening review lecture.

Day

8

Tour disperses 0900 at hotel.

 
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