Dorset: The Isle of Purbeck
May 10 - 17, 2018 | Tour Director: Mark Welch | Register interest
• 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
May 10 – May 17 2018
7 DAYS | TOUR CODE: DORS-18
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.
Whole day excursion to RSPB Arne. Evening review lecture.
Tour disperses 0900 at hotel.