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7 Responses to Leave A Reply

  • Robert says:

    What a pity that a visit to the Quarr is often spoilt by seeing, and sometimes treading in, piles of disgusting dog mess which owners have not bothered to pick up. This is just plain laziness and shows a complete disregard for other users, and is also a health risk. I’m fed up with having to take off my shoes, and my little girl’s shoes, to wash them when I get home from what is meant to be a nature reserve.

  • Philippa Smith says:

    Dear Rob

    Thanks again for a brilliant day yesterday. Spoke to Louise today about the butterfly – she said you had told her what species it was. I went to Ham Hill this evening. There are indeed skylarks nesting in the fields according to the Ranger’s notice. All the best, Pippa

  • Joshua Smith says:

    I was woundering if you could help me,
    I am researching whether climate change represents an increasing threat to wildlife in the Sherborne area, and wanted to know if you have noticed any differences in the plants and animals in the nature reserve?
    I would be grateful if you could email me any information and a number so I can contact you directly.

  • Mary says:

    Apologies for the delay in replying to you, I think it is too early to make too many judgements on this, but we do keep a record of first sightings in the reserve, e.g.common celandines which usually appear in the Woodland area in March have been recorded in flower in November (in 2007.) There are birch and hazel catkins out already (October) and other flowers which we would expect to have died back, or been frosted by now e.g. field scabious, common comfrey, meadow cranesbill are still in flower in the resrve. There are some primroses out in the banks around Sherborne and one or two in the Quarr which is unusual for this time of year. So this points to plants coming out earlier because of warmer conditions and once out, they can stay in flower longer, (and hopefully produce more seed for the next year?) It’s too early too to see trends in butterfly behaviour, but there was an early emergence this year in the south, including Dorset, of upto a month. However, conclusions are difficult to make and caution is necessary in all these things! 01935-814029

  • Malcolm Halfacre says:

    July 9th 2015.
    Recently “spotted” in the trees above the cliff, a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Also, a pair of Bullfinches. Plenty of Tortoise Shells plus a Garden Tiger Moth, copying the red, black and white colours of the woodpecker, and a lovely raggedy edged Comma Butterfly.
    I have been rooting out some of the wild Horseradish around the Portland bank and am available to help with the control of the Hogweed almost any time.

  • Mary says:

    Some very interesting sightings here, especially the pair of bullfinches
    and the great spotted woodpecker. I think your efforts with the horseradish have made a difference, there seems less of it about this year which is a real step in the right direction. Keep rooting it out!

  • melanie says:

    I have always believed that beautiful places should be preserved and kept pristine for all to enjoy.

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Ash Dieback

Ash Dieback has been discovered in Dorset. The sad news that the disease had spread to Dorset was confirmed in August after the first infected tree was found near Dorchester. Caused by the fungus "Chalara fraxina" it is spread by infected ash leaves and can spread up to 10 miles on the wind. The fungus infects 60-90% of the trees in its path, causing leaf loss, bark lesions, crown dieback, and in most cases the death of the tree.

This is particularly bad news for the Quarr where ash is the dominant tree in the Reserve.

If you think you have seen an infected tree, please contact the Forestry Commission immediately on 084159-335577.