Nature Notes

Blackcaps singing in Netherbury 2nd April - was this the first one for the village?

Blackcaps singing in Netherbury 2nd April – was this the first one for the village this year?

Dorset Mammal Group

If you would like to know more about the Dorset Mammal Group then find us on Facebook.

Badgers

Badger Cull DorsetIf you would like to know more about the badger culls please see the links below.

The Dorset Wildlife Trust on DWT,on Steve Jones farmer website, the Government website for e-petitions, at Team Badger on their website andfacebook and last but not least The Badger Trust on their website

Otter (Lutra lutra)

Good news! Otter (Lutra lutra) spraint has been discovered in the river at Netherbury. This means that an otter (or otters) frequent our bit of the river. Population numbers must be recovering and our river must be relatively unpolluted.

Common Toothwort

Common Toothwort (Lathraea squamaria) –  is a parasitic flowering plant which completely lacks chlorophyll. This was discovered on the riverbank in Netherbury.

Clathrus Archeri

This fungus was found near Netherbury in July 2011. It is called Clathrus Archeri and this is the first time it has been found in Dorset. The common name is Devil’s Finger or Octopus  Stinkhorn as it can have up to eight fingers.

Mark James of the DWT has confirmed the find and it has been registered as a first with the Dorset Env. Records Centre.

Anne Peck

Red Kite

 A red kite was spotted flying over Whitecross on the morning of Sunday 3 July 2011. This distinct large raptor can easily be identified by its pale grey head, angled wings and forked orange tail.

Colin Varndell

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