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Enjoying Mother Nature in Dorset!

Anthony T. Hincks said “Mother Nature doesn’t set out to be beautiful. She just is.” The same is true for Dorset. This beautiful city getaway is not just a travel destination. It’s home to many nature lovers across the world.

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Dorset UK United Kingdom Portland Bill Lighthouse
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Dorset UK United Kingdom Avon beach in Christchurch sunset sea mountain ocean

Dorset in April/May

If you have not heard of International Dawn Chorus Day, then you’ve missed out big time! It is usually dedicated to the first Sunday in May. One of nature’s great wonders is the dawn chorus, an early morning concert featuring birdsong such as black cap, blackbird, chiffchaff, robin, thrush and wren. If you are in Dorset, your concert starts around 04h30. You have the choice of simply opening your windows and listen to nature’s symphony over a steaming cup of coffee/tea, or a sunrise stroll.

If you decide to do the sunrise stroll, watch out for Dorset’s native bluebell flowers. They have a vertical row of flowers and a very distinct droop. Contrary to the Spanish or hybrid varieties that have multiple rows of flowers and no droop whatsoever. They can be seen at Ashley Wood near Blandford Forum, East Stoke Fen near Wareham, and Holway Woods near Sherborne.

During April / May you’ll smell the pungent scent of wild garlic growing in abundance in Dorset’s woods. Just like basil leaves make a mean pesto, you can use wild garlic leaves instead. The flowers of wild garlic can be used in salads for a taste of garlic. In addition to these uses, wild garlic leaves can also be bagged and frozen for use throughout the year.

From April to June, you’ll see an abundance of pink clover-like thrift blooms. Alternatively known as sea pink and cliff clover, you’ll find them at Chesil Beach, Eype, Hengistbury Head, Lulworth Cove, Portland, Seatown and West Bexington.

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Dorset UK United Kingdom cliff clover at Lulworth Cove
Dorset UK United Kingdom Blandford Forum bluebell flowers forest

Making the most of nature in Dorset

Pop in at the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre and get yourself a Seashore Spotter’s sheet. Having collected your sheet, you are ready to identify the marine flora and fauna in Dorset’s many rockpools.

Then, take a seashore safari at Kimmeridge Bay. The marine creatures and plants include brightly colored anemones alongside shellfish like limpets and barnacles. If you’re lucky you might even spot shrimps, crabs, and sea worms hiding on seaweed thickets and crevices in the rocks.

The Hedgehog Hotel

The Hollis Mead Hedgehog Hotel adopted over 40 of the spiny creatures to take up residence across about 15 miles of hedgerows packed with worms in the incredibly healthy soil. All of this can be experienced at Hollis Mead, an organic dairy farm near Beaminster.

Broke Lane, an Instagram spot

Start your journey to Broke Lane at St Lawrences’ beautiful stone-built Folke Manor House that dates to the late-15th/early 16th century, with some external structural changes during the 17th century. Then walk along the avenue to 1½ gates. Watch out for the signposts ‘Bishop’s Down 1’. Once into the field, turn right and follow the path along the Manor House Garden’s walls and hedge to the corner trees, followed by the footpath-signed steps down into the hollow-way lane, known as Broke Lane.

The Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site

The Dorset and East Devon Coast has an outstanding combination of globally significant geological and geomorphological features. Along 155 km of largely undeveloped coast the Site’s geology displays approximately 185 million years of the Earth’s history, including a number of internationally important fossil localities. The Site also includes outstanding examples of coastal landforms and processes, and is renowned for its contribution to earth science investigations for over 300 years. This coast is considered to be one of the most significant earth science teaching and research sites in the world.

Sunrise at Gad Cliff Dorset Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site

Take a glorious coastal ramble around Stonehill Down and east Creech

Purbeck is known for its stunning scenery from Portland (in the west) to the Isle of Wight (in the east), which includes fabulous vistas of the villages of Steeple Church Knowle and Corfe Castle below the Purbeck Chalk ridge slopes.

The Isle of Wight’s Sea Eagle restoration project

From 2019 to April 2021 the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation (RDWF) have released twelve sea eagles on the Isle of Wight. The white-tailed eagles with a wingspan of up to 2.4 m (8 feet) are the world’s fourth-largest eagle. They are carefully monitored and fitted with a lightweight satellite transmitter. This 5-year project’s highlight will be no doubt be their nesting in about 2023/24.

How to get to Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset in the UK

Corfe Castle is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset in the UK. It is the site of this fascinating ruined castle of the same name.

UK Staycation idea: It’s a great road trip from London: 2 hr 29 min (121.6 mi) via M3 – Become a familiarist and not a tourist.

Dorset UK United Kingdom Leafy countryside footpath on the Purbeck Ridgeway Isle of Purbeck England
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Dorset UK United Kingdom Kimmeridge Bay at dusk

Treasure hunting on the West Dorset coast

Your treasures are the many parish boundary markers, beautifully crafted by local artists and backed up with fascinating stories on the landscape they stand in, along the coast path from outside Lyme Regis to Abbotsbury.

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Dorset UK United Kingdom Chesil Beach

Getting to Dorset by Air

Traveling to Dorset by air couldn’t be simpler. Dorset has its own international airport called Bournemouth Airport (BOH / EGHH), which is located near Christchurch.

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