Dorset Local Nature Partnership

My 30 Days Wild: Week 3

 27th Jun 2016

Ringstead view

Week 3 Summary

Here's a summary of the Dorset LNP Manager's third week of 30 Days Wild.  Summaries of Week one and Week two are also available. Daily updates available on Twitter @mariaa_clarke.

15 June


Jetta and I went for another walk to Came Park on day fifteen.  I decided to take a look at the wildflowers as we walked – I saw poppies, red clover, thistle, buttercups, cow parsley, foxgloves, pink and white campions, as well as daisies and dandelions.

As we walked into another field I was surprised to see a deer – we had a brief staring competition and then it darted off.

16 June


Day sixteen saw a walk along the river to Lower Bockhampton between the showers. There were a lot of damselflies and family of swans with nine cygnets – but I couldn’t see any fish.  Jetta had a paddle – she’ll take any chance to go in the water but she only likes to paddle.

17 June


On day seventeen I decided to make some elderflower cordial.  I manage to collect the flowers between the rain showers and then made my first batch of cordial.  The smell while it was infusing was lovely.

18 June


The eighteenth of June started with a beautiful morning and because it was Love Jurassic Coast Week Jetta and I headed to Ringstead (see top picture).  The views from the National Trust car park and from St Catherine’s Church were beautiful.  There were a lot of either Small Heath or Brown Meadow butterflies and I think I saw some kind of skipper butterfly but it was too quick for me to take a photo. I also saw a purple iris which I think was a stinking iris.

19 June


I took part in my fifteenth Race for Life for Cancer Research UK through Sherborne Castle Estate on day nineteen.  While I was waiting a moth landed on my bag which I took for a good luck charm. I think it may have been a large yellow underwing moth.

20 June

Lorton 30 days

Day twenty was the first day of my week off and although the weather was pretty drizzly Jetta and I went for a walk round Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve and Two Mile Coppice.  The meadow flowers looked beautiful – oxeye daisies, red clover, birds-foot trefoil and corky-fruited water-droplet.

21 June

Lake 6

Jetta and I headed up to Worcestershire on holiday on day twenty-one.  On the way to our shepherds hut we stopped off at the Gateway Centre of the Cotswolds Water Park.  We walked along the Thames and Severn canal towpath and saw lots of damselflies and hoverflies.  We then walked around Lake 6 and back to the gateway centre and car park, seeing swans along the way.

Week four to follow soon....