Harbour Update – posted 23/05/20

Well, the wind built all day today, and sadly by the end of the day 200 Fire Fighters were back on scene at Wareham Forest. Fire Crews from across southern Britain were helping out by creating controlled burns elsewhere in the forest to help stop the spread. The chief fire officer said this was an ‘unprecedented situation’ and asked pleaded with the public to please stay away over the Bank Holiday weekend as the safety of the general public is paramount, and with the situation not improving it’s just too dangerous to be in the area. So, we’d also like to advise that birders please stay away from Wareham Forest, including Morden Bog as the fire has slowly bit surely made it’s way in that direction and the situation is very unstable. Thank you.

Bird news saw the first Roseate Tern on Brownsea settled briefly on one of the Sandwich Tern islands. It’s been some time since one has been on these islands and previously we’ve been able to get them live on the webcam so lets hope that can be the case over the coming days. The wind kept female Osprey CJ7 at bay today as she only visited the nest cam very briefly mid afternoon, no doubt sheltering somewhere for most of the day. At Swineham it seems the Temminck’s Stint has definitely moved on, but there was a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Cuckoo. At Lytchett Fields 2 Little Ringed Plover dropped in as did a few Ringed Plover and a single Bar-tailed Godwit.

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