A confetti of red admirals, peacocks and small tortoiseshells spiralling around buddleia bushes on a hot, sultry afternoon is one of the classic sights of British summertime.
And thankfully, this display is not such an unusual spectacle in our region. In comparison to other parts of the UK, we are relatively blessed with butterflies.
Our dramatic coast, ancient meadows, unspoilt heathland and chalk downs are amongst the richest butterfly habitats in the British Isles.
West Dorset, South Somerset and East Devon boast some of our rarest and most spectacular species, from the hyperactive Lulworth skipper, the sapphire flash of the Adonis blue to the chequerboard beauty of the marsh fritillary.
But this summer it is the more widespread and easy to spot species that will be the focus of nature lovers’ attention as the world’s largest butterfly survey — the Big Butterfly Count gets under way across the UK.
Length: about 6 miles • Time: three hours • Terrain: Steepish climbs and descents on tracks that can get muddy; walking on shingle. Sturdy footwear required.
Discover a lovely village once a centre of power for prosperous medieval monks; explore a dramatic prehistoric hill fort; enjoy unsurpassed views of the Jurassic Coast and crunch along the geological phenomenon of Chesil beach.
Bridport Gig Club’s junior team’s efforts were rewarded this weekend when they were treated to an extraordinary row alongside dolphins, in front of West Bay’s cliffs.
A video, posted to the Bridport Notice Facebook page (which Yarn Magazine runs), was played nearly 10,000 times in under 12 hours. It was shown nearly 30,000 Facebook users in that same time span.
UPDATE: As of 27th July, the video has been played nearly 50,000 times, and has been shared by the likes of Country Living Magazine and the official Visit England tourism page. It has also been featured on various national newspapers’ websites, as well as, we’re told, CBS in America!
Hidden amid an unruly wilderness, just a stone’s throw from the bucket and spade charms of Lyme Regis, one of the UK’s rarest butterflies is taking advantage of a disaster zone.
Length: about two miles. Time: An hour or so and time for a walk along the beach. Terrain: level village paths and lanes in the village, a steepish climb and walking on shingle.
The thatched cottages and sleepy lanes of Burton Bradstock today still hold clues to its once thriving industrial heritage