This walk on the National Trust’s Golden Cap estate includes two saints, an abandoned village and a detour to West Dorset’s unofficial nudist beach.
As a beekeeper, I have been asked this question many times.
The implication is that wasps are of no use to humans, so their existence is puzzling.
So I thought, why not ask a wasp, and get a decent answer to the conundrum?
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.
How does a gee-whizz gardener, used to managing a famous space of several acres, adapt to retirement and a smaller plot of land?
HELLO MUM! The first fluffy baby swans have hatched at Abbotsbury Swannery this year and if legend is to be believed, the arrival of the first cygnet marks the start of summer.