The survey season is beginning for Dorset’s Heathland Heart and there are lots of opportunities for you to join in. Initial training is given and then you may survey on your own or with a group (according to your expertise or the difficulty of the species).
Need to know
Wednesday groups are going to cover Heath Tiger Beetle (May, August), Southern Damselfly (June and July), Purbeck Mason Wasp (July), Sand Lizards (late May, early June), a mix of sandy heath invertebrates in July, and Pillwort, Marsh Clubmoss, Chamomile and Pondweed Leafhopper or late summer/early August.
On Monday/Tuesday folk could get involved with the Ladybird Spider survey or Thursdays (variable) are for spider ID days (checking through samples as well as out on site). If you can do Tuesdays and Fridays in May you could try to find Kugelann’s Ground Beetle. Friday is for a small botany group looking for Annual Knawel, Yellow Centaury, Pennyroyal and Lesser Butterfly Orchid. On Saturdays there are likely to be guided walks for oil beetles or butterflies and guidance on self-led recording for these. Learn something new or continue your interest in natural history with a small friendly group of wildlife enthusiasts!