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Species of the Month: November 2013

  Bournemouth Naturally  The Bournemouth Naturally project aims to build up a picture of biodiversity in Bournemouth through creation of a database of your wildlife sightings. Each month will feature a species, if you have seen it in your garden or local greenspace then please let us know. Photo: Ian Julian  Ecology: Foxes are thought […]

July Species of the Month: Small Tortoiseshell butterfly – Aglais urticae

Ecology and Conservation: The small tortoiseshell butterfly is one of our most familiar butterflies and is commonly seen in gardens and urban areas. Although this is a widespread species found all over Britain it has recently shown signs of a worrying decline in population especially in the south of the country. This could be as […]

Dorset Wildlife Trust to hold free family event

Photo by Joy Walllis

Go Wild in Bournemouth! Embark on a wild adventure with The Dorset Wildlife Trust and The Bournemouth Natural Science Society as the popular ‘Wild About’ event returns to Bournemouth on Saturday 20th July. This is a free event for all the family to kick start the summer holidays with activities for everyone. The event will […]

Stag Beetle sightings in Dorset

Stag Beetle photo by Jane Adams

Dorset Wildlife Trust is really pleased that local people are reporting sightings of Stag Beetles in the Bournemouth, Poole, Ferndown and Verwood areas of Dorset. Stag Beetle national decline The recent ‘State of Nature’ report listed the Stag Beetle as an insect which is threatened globally and declining in the UK, but the Bournemouth area remains […]

June Species of the Month – Swift Apus apus

Swift Apus apus

Ecology and Conservation: Swifts are highly aerial birds, in fact the scientific name Apus apus means “without feet” as these birds live the majority of their lives on the wing and so have evolved to have small feet. Swifts are summer visitors to Britain where they will stay only for a few months whilst they […]

May Species of the Month – Stag Beetle Lucanus cervus

May Species of the Month - Stag Beetle Lucanus cervus

Ecology and Conservation: The majority of the stag beetles life is actually lived underground as a larvae feeding on rotting wood. The beetle spends between 3 to 7 years in this state before pupating and emerging as an adult between May and August. As an adult the beetle will only live for one summer. Stag […]

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