MOONFLEET OF KINSON
     Dedicated to Old and Modern Kinson
                              


Kinson Nature Notes for Summer 2020 


Our own highlights in summer include: if present, observing and photographing the clouded yellow butterfly and recording as many of our Kinson butterflies as possible; counting and recording up to 8 species of wild orchids in the Kinson area. 


When time permits, to watch the graceful antics of swallows, swifts and martins by the Dorset Stour. We also enjoy recording the presence of summer migrants and with at least 45 resident wild bird species in Kinson, there is always something worth observing in the summer months. 


Many Kinson wild birds are featured in our Moonfleet of Kinson - Birds section and you are very welcome to download and to enjoy what we have photographed. From time to time we also add new information as appropriate. All of our nature recordings are achieved very close to the centre of Kinson without having to travel miles inland.


Again, we make no apologies for saying that we really are fortunate to have so much Nature quite literally close to our doorsteps. Summer should be a memorable time for enjoying the fauna and flora to be found in the Kinson area and we look forward to visiting some of our own local open spaces on a regular basis. 


The summer season should provide many opportunities to use a camera. Apart from very wet days, we carry our camera everywhere with us and we do our best to obtain quality photographs.


Bird feeders, bird tables and bird baths in local gardens should be topped up regularly to support wild birds at this important time of year. All manner of common birds will boldly come to garden feeding stations and these should be placed in open areas for safety reasons so they can be aware of household pets at all times. 


There will also still be much urgency in the activities of all nesting birds and we should all do our very best to support them. Over 54+ species of wild birds were recorded locally in 2019 and it is always worth looking out for the unusual. So far, we have recorded 49+ species of wild birds in 2020. Day break is a good time to observe many bird species, also the short time before dusk sets in. 


Numbers of corvids and gulls will still continue to fly eastwards at first light and all hurry back westwards just before nightfall. Even in central Kinson, carrion crows and jackdaws can be observed daily. Around Kinson Village Green there are numbers of black-headed and herring gulls who never appear to move too far away from their street light vantage points! 


Pied wagtails are also seen regularly around the Village Green and in Pelhams Park and even grey wagtails may visit Kinson gardens where there is a water feature.


Do continue to watch out now for hawk activity over central Kinson. Seeing sparrow hawks and buzzards is becoming an every day event now. A red kite has been observed flying over the Stour valley district earlier this year. 


Green woodpeckers will continue to announce their presence by a startling call and they are very easy to identify and often visit open ground. Great spotted woodpeckers tend to be more secretive and are usually located in wooded areas and announce themselves by drumming repeatedly on suitable tree branches. 


Nuthatches are worth looking out for in summer. Their whistles are a joy to listen to and they are often to be seen exploring oak trees locally. Tree creepers may often be observed moving in a mouse-like fashion around oaks as well. Although mostly observed on our local nature reserves, from time to time they can be observed in Pelhams Park. 


Buttercups, red and white campions, cow-wheat, early heaths, figwort, lousewort, garlic mustard, tormentil, woundwort and a whole host of other wild flowers will be seen in summer. Look closely at the parkland trees and along the local hedgerows and all of them will be showing good signs of vibrant leaves. Wild fruits on trees will be well set now. 


In summer, good signs of insect activity will be noted. Bumble bees, wasps, mayflies, damselflies and dragonflies are just some of the multitude of insects to be found in the Kinson region. Wild bees tend to nest locally in former woodpecker homes. If found, they are best left well alone! 


There`s every chance of viewing brimstone, comma, green hairstreak, holly blue, meadow brown, peacock, skippers, small tortoiseshell, whites and speckled wood butterflies - a sure sign that summer has arrived and time is moving on again in the year. At the height of the summer, certainly on hot bright days, clouded yellows, marbled whites and even silver-washed fritillaries can be observed quite unexpectedly in some years. 


Reptiles will certainly be active now. Lizards, slow-worms and snakes can often be observed on our local heaths. Frogs and newts can sometimes be observed around ponds and bog pools which are still moist. Toads are often encountered on evening walks as they explore damp track ways. 


Grey squirrels will be active and their range covers most of the Kinson area. Foxes will be active during favourable day time periods and even more so as dusk approaches. Even if not seen, their scent markings and calls are unmistakeable! 


Moth activity will increase and these will provide good nourishment for bats. When out walking at dusk, common bats and other bat species should be on the wing around tree-lined areas and other suitable locations where moths abound. Some have been recorded again this year visiting gardens by Kinson Academy. 

 

CUCKOO WOODS

This small wooded area, close to the main Kinson shopping centre, supports a wealth of interesting wild birds.

These include: sparrows, starlings, finches, tits, woodpeckers, even sparrowhawks and an occasional buzzard. The tawny owl also visits.

Small numbers of nuthatches are present, also tree creepers.

Grey squirrels are present.

This area supports an abundance of interesting flora and fauna.

An all weather track leads down from Brook Road to the Woods.

Mr Russell May and others, have regularly litter picked this area and this worthwhile community task is performed very willingly and greatly appreciated.

Although a relatively small area, it really is worth making an effort to visit this interesting locality which is frequently overlooked.

Originally known as Duke`s Coppice in the mid 1800`s, the whole area is of historic importance.

Several maps relating to this era are now featured in our Cuckoo Woods section. A small portion once belonged to smuggler Isaac Gulliver.

KINSON COMMON 

 KINSON COMMON

The Common is a small and popular local nature reserve with visitors of all age groups.


Cattle may not be present on site this summer, as some areas require refencing. Despite the challenging times we are in, a good start has been made along the Main track and we hope the rest will be completed soon. The public continue to enjoy access to areas they used in the past and all gates installed are easy to use. 


All metal gates and entry points around the entire Kinson Common were designed to improve overall site security for all users. Dog walking remains perhaps the most popular daily activity on site. 


As well as a maintained Main track which leads from Kinson Road to Poole Lane, there are numerous well used natural tracks around the whole of the site. Man-made board walks assist walkers near the Waterfall and just off the Main track near Poole Lane.


Early morning walks are a must for nature lovers in summer. Certainly, more will be seen during these and other quieter undisturbed periods in the day. Botanically, there are over 406+ records.


Asphodels, buttercups, campions, cow-wheats, figworts, gorse, heaths, lousewort, milkworts,  stitchworts,  tormentil, meadow thistles, willow herbs and numerous other flowers will be adding a welcomed assortment of colours to brighten up the landscape. 


All 3 species of wild orchids will be flowering at varying periods into early summer. Early marsh orchids always tend to flower before the southern marsh and heath spotted orchids. This trend continues this year and the annual orchid survey is on-going and will be completed by late June.


Summer is a great time to record many species of wild birds on site. Mallard ducks and moorhens should continue to add interest around Pepin`s Pond. Grey wagtails and the kingfisher occasionally visit this northern section of the Common where sticklebacks abound in a natural stream. 


On some mornings and at dusk, herons occasionally fly over the Common and the little egret has also visited the site this year. Green and great spotted woodpeckers will continue to be a regular feature and both species nest on the Common. Tree creepers & nuthatches are present throughout the year. The latter has a song which resembles a distinct whistling sound. 


Buzzards are often observed flying around the Common and a pair were regularly observed during the spring. Sparrow hawks can sometimes be observed flying over the heathland, Great Oaks and occasionally make low flying excursions through Central Bog. Pigeons feature high on their food requirements. Kestrels have visited in the past and when present on site, can be observed hovering over the Central Bog, Poole Lane Heights and Dragonfly Hollow regions.


Tawny owls can sometimes be glimpsed at dusk or at first light. Occasionally, they can be heard calling under cover of darkness from the nearby Kinson Cemetery. 


Do look out now for well established warblers such as the chiffchaff and the blackcap. The dartford warbler has also been recorded around the heathier areas of the Common in the past. 

It is also worth checking to see whether the whitethroat and the wonderful willow warbler are also present. Poole Lane Meadows and the denser area fronting Poole Lane near Poole Lane Heights, are good areas to look for and to observe visiting and resident birds. 


The Common supports a wealth of moths and these in turn provide necessary food supplies for over 5+ bat species. At dusk, particularly along the Main Track from the former Kinson Baths to Poole Lane, is an ideal location to observe bats. 


Kinson Common supports numerous other insects and it is always advisable to carry a small pocket book to aid identification of all species observed. Some of the most easy to identify are the butterflies. 

As well as the commoner species known to many, do look out for holly blues and especially meadow browns during the first few weeks of June. Real "gems" to look out for include the marbled white, painted lady and the fast-flying clouded yellow. 


Well worth looking out for during the summer are the day-flying burnet companion moths which were first recorded on the Common in 2006. Also present should be another day-time flying moth known as mother shipton. 


Many species of damselflies including the well distributed large red, common blue, white-legged, banded demoiselle and the beautiful demoiselle can be observed around the Common. Fine specimens of the broad-bodied, scarce chaser and the spectacular emperor dragonfly are expected to put in an appearance at Pepin`s Pond in the months to come. 


Grey squirrels are certainly very active now and a familiar presence around the whole site. Depending upon the weather, smaller mammals such as mice, voles and shrews will be active.


Foxes can be observed during the day and at dusk. It is amazing how many actually live on or close to the Common. Under favourable conditions, fox families can be observed on Poole Lane Meadows at dusk in the past. 


With the arrival of summertime, reptile activity will increase now. Common lizards and slow-worms are occasionally observed during quiet walks. 


Secretive roe deer have been observed in the recent past and they take full advantage of any dense cover on site. 


The Common supports good populations of frogs and these spawned well again this year. Numbers of palmate newts may still be active in and around bog pool areas which are still moist and close to the vicinity of Pepin`s Pond.


Borough conservation tasks will be on-going during the summer. Information boards are sited on Poole Lane Meadows, at the Kinson Road entrance not far from Fryer`s Close, at the Glenmeadows Drive entrance to the Common, also near the former Kinson Baths. 


If you come across the presence of fires, we strongly recommend that you immediately contact the Fire Service.


If you wish to contact the BCP about any other concerns you may have, please contact the Rangers at the Kingfisher Barn, telephone number 01202 451548. 

LONGHAM  

It is worth making an effort to view the Stour from Longham bridge which is an ideal vantage point to observe wildlife and to gauge the mood of each passing season.


On some days, a considerable number of water loving resident birds gather to feed and to preen themselves. Already, many summer visitors will be present. 


A tall security fence protects the Ringwood Road frontage by Longham bridge and the signed entrance gate serves as a fire access point and a reminder that all residents and visitors to the area are entering a protected and important open space, with byelaws applying. 


When it reopens, The Bridge House Hotel, part of the Citylodge Group, will again welcome visitors and locals. In this region, resident swans, ducks, herons and a whole host of others ensure that there is always something of interest to see and to enjoy. 


The "free stretch" bankside leads down to a weir where fine views of the golf course and beyond by Dudsbury can be viewed. Please take care when walking alongside the river bank as erosion is clear to see in places. 


From the 16th June, the coarse fishing season will be in full swing once more. An assortment of fish species were observed spawning in the shallows of the Dorset Stour during May. The term "free stretch", does not infer that the fishing is entirely free. A current rod licence is required and agents on behalf of the Environment Agency do visit this area and frequently check that those fishing are in possession of a valid licence. 


It is vitally important and essential that all litter is taken away and carefully disposed of at the end of a day`s fishing. All carelessly discarded litter is unsightly and certainly poses a danger to other people, as well as wildlife and domestic animals if it contains broken glass, sharp metal tins and lids, also hooks, weights and lengths of fishing line. 


The BCP Council does undertake litter checks on the "free stretch". A litter and a dog waste bin is located near the gateway by Longham bridge. Regular patrols are made and overnight camping and fires are discouraged.


Blackcaps, buntings, cormorants, ducks, egrets, gulls, hawks, herons, kingfishers, moorhens, wagtails, warblers and numerous other resident birds and summer visitors will be observed. Well worth looking out for now are buzzards and finches. 


The tree lined hedgerow by Longham bridge affords good cover for birdlife. Here, whitethroats, chiffchaffs, wrens, chaffinches and thrushes are sometimes observed.


Swallows, sand martins and swifts can be a regular feature of the area and even the common sandpiper is occasionally observed downstream of Longham bridge. Pairs of whitethroats can sometimes be observed near the bankside opposite the Bridge House. If the weather remains mild and the conditions are excellent for walking, do carry binoculars and a pocket wild bird book. 


Rabbits are present in varying numbers in this area, also mice, moles and voles. Weasels have been observed in the past. Roe deer are present at varying times and terrapins have occasionally been observed by the riverside in the recent past. 


Wide ranges of insect life can be recorded in this region. Watch out for the brimstone, comma, holly blue, peacock, red admiral and small tortoiseshell butterflies. 


With care, many species of damselfly and dragonfly can be observed by the riverside. At least four species of bat can be observed at Longham. 


Stout footwear is recommended, also appropriate outdoor clothing in Summer.

MILLHAMS

Millhams Mead is an excellent recreational and wildlife site and certain areas have been given Local Nature Reserve status. The BCP continues to monitor and support this site. 


There are controlled access points around the Mead. From time-to-time voluntary tasks take place here as part of an on-going management programme.


Fencing and security improvements are evident alongside a narrow footpath by the busy Ringwood Road. Metal access gates exist at Millhams bridge, near the Millhams Recyling Unit entrance and by Longham bridge. At all times, these important access points should be kept entirely clear for BCP and other authorised vehicles.


The footpath on the downside of Millhams bridge was repaired in the recent past. This gravelled trackway leads directly to metal gates by Longham bridge. The Environment Agency also monitors this region and carry out essential bankside work on both sides of the Millhams Stream when necessary. 


A well used and interesting footpath from Millhams bridge leads to Spindlewood bridge and continues to an exit point out onto Ringwood Road, Bear Cross. Horse riders sometimes use Millhams Mead and mounting blocks for riders are positioned on either side of Millhams bridge.


Appropriate outdoor wear and footwear is recommended. This whole area is very frequently overlooked and even an informal walk in this part of north Bournemouth will be enjoyed.


Wooden seating is provided towards the Ringwood Road end of the streamside track and on the higher ground on the Mead where one is specially dedicated to Violet and Samuel Cox.


Botanically, there is much to see at Millhams and as well as commoner species, primroses, sweet violets and wood anemones are present. Over 200+ plant species including wild orchids have been recorded in recent years. 


Please keep to the natural pathways and never venture too close to the bankside. If the weather conditions are good, this area offers good opportunities to observe a wide range of wildlife closely.


Roe deer can occasionally be observed early in the morning or at dusk but soon shy away again. Sightings have been made and tracks observed in 2020. 


Always carry binoculars and a pocket bird book. Finches and a whole host of resident/ summer migrants visit the site. Flocks of corvids sometimes feature strongly at dusk and jackdaws especially can be observed in good numbers during the daytime. Ducks, herons and kingfishers are regularly seen at the streamside, as are cormorants, egrets, mallards and moorhens in the backwater regions. 


Two species of woodpeckers make full use of the Cudnell woods area. Sometimes, tree creepers and tiny beautiful goldcrests can be observed in this area. Nuthatches are often present and announce their presence by loud distinctive whistles. Buzzards, sparrow hawks and kestrels often feature around the Millhams and Cudnell areas. 


The cuckoo visits this area and the nightingale has been recorded in the past. There is an outstanding wealth of bird life throughout this region and a visit is really worthwhile to fully appreciate what is there at first hand. 


Both the tawny and the barn owl are present at varying times around the Mead and the little owl was recorded on site in the past. 


Millhams stream supports a number of fish species and a coarse fishing licence is required to fish in this area. Shoals of small fish can sometimes be observed in the shallower water near the traffic bridge by Ringwood Road at the Bear Cross end of the Mead. 


Amphibians including the frog and toad are present. Small numbers of reptiles also inhabit Millhams/ Millhams Mead and grass snakes and adders are recorded in some years.


A regular feature at Millhams are its wild rabbits, some of whom do fall victim to the abundant fox population. The weasel can occasionally be observed. 


If the weather remains favourable, all emerging moths will encourage resident bat species to feed.

PELHAMS PARK 

PELHAMS PARK 

Pelhams houses one of the finest community centres in the whole of Dorset and is greatly appreciated by residents and visitors to our area. There is also a well equipped and much used play area for children.

For those only wishing to take a brief stroll, the parkland is ideal for this purpose and the Kinson shopping centre is only a minute or so away. Seating is provided around the park. 

Grey squirrels are resident here and numerous species of wild birds are always present including nuthatches. Redwings visited the parkland during the winter.

In front of the Community centre and around the entire park there are many interesting trees, some of considerable age. Even in Spring, a brief walk around the park will reveal the great variety of wildlife to be found within a relatively small area. 

The park`s famous tulip tree is situated almost in front of the community centre and is numbered 462.

A  small wildflower meadow features within the parkland in Summer in some years.

Tips for Summer: 

Please be sure to wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear during the Summer period.

If on walks at dusk, please be sure to carry a well charged suitable long beam torch.

If you can, always carry a small snack, also a refreshing drink in a flask. 

We recommend that you always walk in company, especially at this time of year. 

As always the Moonfleet of Kinson motto is:- 

Go together;
Stay together;
Come back together!

KINSON NATURE DIARY RECORDS  2020


From 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020


JANUARY 2020


Sweet violets flowering under a hedgerow at Millhams Mead, Kinson (1st).
Check made on emerging bee and autumn lady`s tresses orchids in north Bournemouth (1st).
Squirrels and wood pigeons active around Pelhams Park, Kinson (1st).
Viburnum with flowers in a central Kinson garden (2nd).
Marigolds flowering in a sheltered corner by Kinson Village Green (3rd).
Hazel catkins beginning to show in a hedgerow near Kinson School (4th).
Large gathering of starlings resting in a London plane tree in Pelhams Park, Kinson  (5th pm).
Great Spotted woodpecker activity around Blanchard`s Copse, Kinson Common (6th).
3 moorhens active in the margins of a swollen Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (7th am).
Noisy nuthatches calling loudly from tree tops at Pelhams Park, Kinson (8th pm).
Emerging hazel catkins noticeable by Turbary Common, West Howe (8th). 
Nuthatches again visiting Pelhams Park, Kinson (9th am).
A few yellow crocuses flowering in a central Kinson garden (9th).
Fresh frogs` spawn in a pool at Central Bog, Kinson Common (10th).
Clump of pale butterworts in good condition, Central Bog, Kinson Common (10th).
Small number of lesser celandines in flower at Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (10th).
Emerging heath spotted orchids recorded in the lower valley, Kinson Common (10th).
Several moorhens feeding in the margins of Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (10th).
5+ redwings present in Blanchard`s Copse, Kinson Common (10th before noon).
Nuthatches present by Central Sallows, Kinson Common (10th).
Cuckoo-pints emerging near Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (11th).
Nuthatches active at Pond Scrub, Kinson Common (12th am).
3 Carrion crows feeding together on a damp day in Pelhams Park, Kinson (13th).
Jays active around Central Sallows, Kinson Common (14th).
Wallflowers and viburnum flowering in Central Kinson (15th).
Yellow crocuses flowering under trees at East Howe Green (16th).
More daffodils coming into flower in a central Kinson garden (17th).
Flock of 50+ crows dashing northwards over Pelhams Park, Kinson (17th am).
Camellia with red flowers, flowering in a central Kinson garden (18th).
Carrion crows feeding on a frosty morning at Kinson Village Green (19th). 
Large gathering of crows flying westwards over central Kinson (19th late pm).
Pied wagtails searching for scraps on frosty ground by Kinson Village Green (20th am).
Moorhens active in the margins of Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common, at dusk (21st).
Robin singing boldly after sunset within the grounds of Kinson School (21st).
Buzzard scattering smaller birds by Blanchard`s Copse, Kinson Common (22nd pm).
Bullfinch activity around Pond Scrub, Kinson Common (22nd pm).
Redwings present in the lower valley, Kinson Common (22nd pm).
22 deposits of frogs` spawn in one pool in Central Bog, Kinson Common (22nd).
18+ snowdrops flowering under a hedgerow near Kinson church (23rd).
Checks made on emerging bee orchids in north Bournemouth (24th).
75+ sweet violets flowering together under sloes at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (24th).
Mute swans on dryland near Kinson Manor Farm (24th). 
Gps recording of emerging autumn lady`s tresses (24th).
Nuthatches calling loudly from treetops in Pelhams Park, Kinson (25th am).
Nuthatches, thrushes and pigeons present in Pelhams Park, Kinson (26th am).
Numerous yellow crocuses and daisies flowering on a traffic island in central Kinson (27th).
Robin singing late at night within the grounds of Kinson School (28th).
Christmas roses flowering in a garden near Kinson Village Green (29th).
Gps recording of frogs` spawn in Central Bog, Kinson Common (30th).
Parks officers and volunteers undertaking conservation tasks on Two Barrow Heath, Kinson Common (30th).
2 moorhens feeding in the margins of Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (30th pm).
Male blackbirds singing loudly from high vantage points in Kinson Road and nearby Kinson Common (31st am).

FEBRUARY 2020


Large gathering of gulls squabbling over scraps by Kinson Village Green (1st am).
Large child`s kite flying over Poole Lane and a lone buzzard circling low over Poole Lane Meadows, Kinson Common (1st am).
Lesser periwinkle and lesser celandines flowering on a bank at Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (1st).
2  adult moorhens present at Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (1st am).
House sparrows busy around their nest sites at the Kinson Hub (2nd).
Numerous yellow flowering crocuses showing well on a traffic island near Kinson Village Green (2nd). 
Blackthorn flowering in a hedgerow near Butcher`s Coppice, West Howe (3rd).
Robin singing at lunchtime from a tree by Kinson Village Green (3rd pm).
Flock of wood pigeons feeding together at ground level in Pelhams Park, Kinson (4th).
Bumble bee visiting sunlit flowers in a central Kinson garden (5th early pm).
Clumps of daffodils showing signs of flowering near Ensbury, Northbourne (6th).
Pair of mistle thrushes feeding at ground level by a chestnut tree in Pelhams Park, Kinson (6th pm).
Large number of noisy house sparrows very busy around the Kinson Hub on a frosty morning (7th).
Cherry plum flowering by the streamside at Great Oaks, Kinson Common (8th).
Occasional bumble bee activity around spring flowers in a central Kinson garden (8th pm).
Strong winds and rain keeping wild birds from our feeders today (9th).
Dunnock activity at Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (10th).
Group of crows active together over central Kinson (10th pm).
Kingfisher observed at Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common today (11th).
Buzzard active and observed around the lower valley, Kinson Common (11th am).
Nuthatches present and calling from trees in Pond Scrub, Kinson Common (11th am).
Bullfinch activity observed by Pond Scrub, Kinson Common (11th).
Wren activity observed at Blanchard`s Copse, Kinson Common (11th). 
More gps recording of frogs` spawn at Kinson Common (11th).
Great spotted woodpeckers present in Pelhams Park, Kinson (12th).
Large number of noisy house sparrows active around the Kinson Hub (13th).
Pussy willows noticeable in the lower valley, Kinson Common (14th).
Cormorant activity downstream of Longham bridge (14th).
A few rabbits active near cover at Millhams Mead (14th pm).
Numerous sweet violets flowering on a bankside at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (14th).
c9 clumps of snowdrops flowering under a hedge by St. Andrew`s churchyard (14th).
Gps recording of more emerging bee orchids in north Bournemouth (14th).
Windswept crows and pigeons feeding close together at ground level in Pelhams, Kinson (15th am).
Pied wagtail activity on pavements close to Kinson Village Green (16th).
Pigeons and a few squirrels feeding feeding together in the parkland at Pelhams, Kinson (17th).
Family of sparrows busy in a hedgerow by Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (17th).
Redwing activity on the fringes of Blanchard`s Copse, Kinson Common (18th am).
Male blackbird killed while swooping too low across a busy Kinson Road (18th am).
Magnolia showing a few white flowers in a central Kinson garden (19th).
C90 snowflake flowers observed in a sheltered corner of Poole Lane Sallows, Kinson Common (20th).
Mallards and moorhens present together at Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (21st).
Recent conservation work noted at Two Barrow Heath, Kinson Common (21st).
More frogs` spawn recorded in pools on Kinson Common (21st).
Many miniature daffodils and colourful crocuses flowering on the grassland fronting Pelhams, Kinson (22nd).
Good show of crocuses flowering on greenery by East Howe Lane  (23rd).
50+ starlings circling over the tree tops in Pelhams Park, Kinson (24th am).
Forsythia hedge with numerous yellow flowers soon to flower in central Kinson (25th).
Gps recording of more frogs`spawn in pools on Kinson Common (26th).
Some pools with tadpoles active in the afternoon sunshine, Kinson Common (26th).
Excellent Borough conservation task carried out, using new equipment, for the benefit of fauna and flora in Gover`s Glade, Kinson Common (26th).
Bumble bee visiting spring flowers near Kinson Village Green (26th).
Hedgehogs coming to feed in a central Kinson garden (27th eve).
Despite wet weather, a magnolia with more white blooms continues to flower in Kinson (28th).
Gps recording and check on the progress of emerging bee orchids in north Bournemouth (29th).
Sparrowhawk activity at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (29th).
Redwings present at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (29th).
Snowdrops continue to flower on a bank by Kinson churchyard (29th).
Buzzard circling over meadowland near Kinson Manor farm (29th).

MARCH 2020


Good numbers of emerging heath spotted orchids found on Kinson Common following conservation work (1st).
Grey wagtail activity downstream of Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (1st am).
Sloe and lesser periwinkle flowering at Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (1st).
Moorhens active in the margins of Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (1st am).
Lone cormorant flying southwards over Kinson School field (2nd am).
Pied wagtails active by Kinson Village Green (3rd).
Chaffinch in full song in Pelhams Park this morning (4th).
Good show of daffodils flowering under a sweet chestnut at Pelhams, Kinson (4th). 
Mute swan in low flight westwards over central Kinson (4th am). 
Lively house sparrows active in nearby hedgerows and at their nest sites by the Kinson Hub (5th am).
Buds on a sweet chestnut showing signs of opening in a central Kinson garden (6th).
2 adult herring gulls squabbling loudly over scraps close to Kinson Village Green (7th am).
More heath spotted orchids emerging in the lower valley, Kinson Common (8th).
Moorhen activity in the margins of a swollen Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (8th am).
5 Greater stitchworts flowering on a bank by Poole Lane Meadows, Kinson Common (8th).
Carrion crows arguing with magpies in the upper canopy of Blanchard`s Copse, Kinson Common (8th am).
Many grape-hyacinths flowering together in a central Kinson garden (8th).
Great spotted woodpeckers tapping on trees in Pelhams Park, Kinson (9th am).
5+ redwings present in Blanchard`s Copse, Kinson Common (10th before noon).
Nuthatches present by Central Sallows, Kinson Common (10th).
Cuckoo-pints emerging near Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (11th).
Charm of goldfinches active around hedgerows by Millhams bridge, Kinson (12th am).
Greater stitchworts flowering under a hedgerow by Kinson Church (12th).
Nuthatches active at Pond Scrub, Kinson Common (12th am).
Sloe, sweet violets and green alkanet in flower at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (12th).
A few bumble bees observed at Millhams Mead by Longham (12th).
Check made on emerging bee orchids in north Bournemouth (12th).
3 Carrion crows feeding together on a damp day in Pelhams Park, Kinson (13th).
Berberis in flower noticeable in a hedge by Kinson Village Green (13th).
Great spotted woodpecker drumming on trees fronting Pelhams, Kinson (14th am).
Jays active around Central Sallows, Kinson Common (14th).
Wallflowers and viburnum flowering in Central Kinson (15th).
Brimstone butterfly (m) visiting spring flowers in a garden by Kinson school (16th am).
Brimstone (m) on the perimeter of Pelhams Park, Kinson (16th pm).
Brimstone (m) activity by Kinson Village Green (16th pm).
Yellow crocuses flowering under trees at East Howe Green (16th).
Lesser periwinkle, primula, lesser celandines and green alkanet in flower at Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (17th).
Gps recording of more emerging heath spotted orchids, lower valley, Kinson Common (17th).
2 moorhens in excellent condition at Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (17th).
Frog tadpoles developing well in pools throughout Central Bog, Kinson Common (17th).
Buzzard perched in a birch tree before circling low around Central Bog, Kinson Common (17th am).
Greater stitchwort in flower in many regions of Kinson Common (17th)
Sloe blossoms noticeable in the developing hedgerow dividing Poole Lane Meadows, Kinson Common (17th).
Gps recording of emerging heath spotted orchids, Gover`s Glade, Kinson Common (18th).
Parks department carrying  out conservation tasks, lower valley, Kinson Common (18th).

Small white magnolia well into flower in a central Kinson garden (19th).

Spring begins (20th).
Buzzard circling near Kinson Manor Farm (20th am).
Chiffchaffs and blackcaps now present and heard at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (20th).
Emerging common spotted orchids recorded in north Bournemouth (20th).
2 tiny emerging pyramidal orchids recorded in north Bournemouth (20th).
Check made on the progress of emerging bee orchids in the same region (20th).
Small number of  marigolds showing signs of flowering by Kinson Village Green (21st).

Brimstone butterfly (m) activity around Pond Scrub and Dragonfly Hollow, Kinson Common (22nd am).
Peacock butterfly on the wing at Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (22nd am).
Check made on the progress of heath spotted and southern marsh orchids emerging in the lower valley, Kinson Common (22nd).
Blackcap in full song, lower valley, Kinson Common (22nd).
2 crows attacked the wings of a buzzard, driving it away from Dragonfly Hollow, Kinson Common (22nd am).

Brimstone butterfly (m) visiting spring flowers in a garden  by Kinson school (24th pm).
Red Kite flying high and drifting slowly over central Kinson (24th pm).

Moorhens feeding in the margins at Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (25th).
Brimstone, comma and green veined white butterflies on the wing at Kinson Common (26th).
Blackcap singing in the lower valley, Kinson Common (26th).
Blackcaps present in Cudnell Wood (26th).
700+ wood anemones flowering in Cudnell Wood (26th).
Moschatel carpeting the woodland floor at Cudnell (26th).
Blackcap, chaffinch, nuthatch and woodpecker activity noted in Cudnell Wood (26th).
Pristine roe deer passing through Millhams Mead (26th).

3-spined sticklebacks active near Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (27th pm).
Comma butterfly circling in a sunlit corner in the lower valley, Kinson Common (27th pm).
4 long tailed tits active around birch  trees by Poole Lane Heights, Kinson Common (27th).
Heath spotted orchids beginning to emerge on the north side of Central Bog, Kinson Common (27th).
Pools supporting frog tadpoles now drying up on Kinson Common (27th).
Southern marsh orchids also emerging on the south side of Central Bog, Kinson Common (27th).
Small clump of bluebells flowering in Blanchard`s Copse, Kinson Common (27th).
2 buzzards circling each other low over Poole Lane Meadows, Kinson Common (27th pm).
Amelanchier coming into flower in the Kinson region (28th).
British Summer Time begins (29th).
Robin singing after dusk in the grounds of Kinson school (29th).
Small white magnolia still heavy with blossoms in central Kinson (30th).

Hedgehogs feeding in a garden close to Kinson School (31st eve).


APRIL 2020


Marigolds flowering on a corner by Kinson Village Green (1st).
Check made on the progress of emerging autumn lady`s, bee and common spotted orchids in north Bournemouth (2nd).
Bluebell, dog violet, great stitchwort, green alkanet, ground ivy, red dead-nettle and sloe in flower at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (2nd).
Blackcaps and chiffchaffs in full song at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (2nd).
Buzzard soaring and circling over Kinson Manor Farm (2nd am).
Mute swans on dry land near Kinson Manor Farm (2nd).

Lady`s smocks flowering in Dragonfly Hollow, Kinson Common (3rd).
Blackcaps and chiffchaffs present and heard in the lower valley, Kinson Common (3rd).
Recording of emerging southern marsh orchids around the lower valley, Kinson Common (3rd).
Buzzard activity around Pond Scrub and Poole Lane Meadows, Kinson Common (3rd pm).
The white bright flowers of greater stitchworts very eye-catching throughout Kinson Common (3rd).
Pair of pied wagtails searching for insects within the grounds of Kinson school (3rd pm).

Brimstone (m) visiting a garden near Kinson Village Green (4th pm).
Peacock sunning itself at Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (4th pm).
Arum maculatums showing well in a corner of Gover`s Glade, Kinson Common (4th).  
Early marsh orchids emerging in Central Bog, Kinson Common (4th).
Many pools supporting frog tadpoles beginning to dry up in Central Bog, Kinson Common (4th).
Stagshorn sumach showing signs of flowering at Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (4th). 

 A day at home and a tuneful blackbird announcing dawn (5th).
Hedgehogs visiting a garden near Kinson school to feed (5th & 6th).
Shield bug resting among spring flowers close to Kinson Village Green (6th). 

Robin and blue tits visiting our garden today (7th).
Check made on 4 emerging species of wild orchids in north Bournemouth (8th).
Chiffchaffs, blackcaps and whitethroats present at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (8th).
Buzzard soaring over Millhams Mead, keeping out of the way of gulls (8th).
Brimstones (m+f), green-veined whites, orange-tips and peacock butterflies on the wing at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (8th).
Mute swan and mallards observed downstream of Longham bridge (8th).
3 Roe deer moving through a sheltered area near Kinson Manor Farm (8th).
3 mallards (males) downstream of Millhams bridge, Bournemouth (8th pm). 

Badger recorded in central Kinson (9th eve).
Lousewort and tormentil flowering in Central Bog, Kinson Common (10th).
Male blackcap singing from an ash tree with two females close by, Kinson Common (11th pm).
Brimstone, green-veined white, orange-tip, peacock and speckled wood butterflies on the wing at Kinson Common (11th pm).
Tawny owl calling as it flew over the grounds of Kinson school late evening (11th). 

Goldfinches visiting gardens close to Kinson school (12th).
Colourful border of flowers fronting the Kinson flats, Wimborne Road (13th).

Check made on emerging bee orchids in north Bournemouth (14th).
Buzzard circling over the fields by Kinson Manor Farm (14th pm).
Orange tip (m) observed by Pelhams Park, Kinson (14th pm).
Heron flying southwards towards Kinson from Millhams Mead (14th pm).
Orange tips and peacock butterflies active at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (14th).

Herring and black-headed gulls active by Kinson Village Green and around central Kinson (15th).
Blackbird singing loudly from dawn at the top of a spruce tree in central Kinson (16th).
Recent tree plantings at Kinson Village Green now displaying blossoms (17th).

3 spined sticklebacks observed downstream of Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (18th).
Blackcaps and chiffchaffs present in the lower valley, Kinson Common (18th).
Check made on developing orchids in the lower valley, Kinson Common (19th).
Tiny southern marsh orchids emerging on Poole Lane Meadows, Kinson Common (19th).
Orange-tip and holly blue butterflies present in Dragonfly Hollow, Kinson Common (19th).
Jackdaws visiting rooftops in central Kinson (19th).

Goldfinches visiting gardens near Kinson school (20th).
2 swallows flying over central Kinson close to Kinson Village Green (21st am).
Speckled wood visiting spring flowers in a garden by Kinson school (21st).

Holly blue and a speckled wood visiting flowers in a garden near Kinson Village Green (22nd).
Colourful triangle of spring flowers begining to show behind Kinson Village Green (23rd).
Holly blue, orange-tip, red admiral and speckled wood butterflies on the wing at Kinson Common (24th am).
Moorhen activity at Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (24th).
Large red damselfly active around vegetation by Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (24th).

Visit to check on the progress of emerging bee, common spotted and pyramidal orchids in north Bournemouth (25th).
Holly blue butterflies visiting gardens close to Kinson Village Green (26th).
Grey squirrel hogging our bird table this morning, annoying our feathered friends (27th).

Gps recording of emerging early marsh and southern marsh orchids in Central Bog, Kinson Common (27th).
Blackcaps and chiffchaffs present at Kinson Common (27th).
Orange-tip butterflies active around Dragonfly Hollow, Kinson Common (27th).
Holly blue butterflies visiting gardens near Kinson school (27th).
Beautiful demoiselles (f) present at the waterfall, Kinson Common 27th).
Beautiful demoiselle catching flying insects by Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (27th).
3-spined sticklebacks active near Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (27th).
Red Kite flying over north Bournemouth (27th).
Lesser periwinkles flowering at Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (28th).

Three-cornered leek flowering on a bankside by Central Bog, Kinson Common (29th).
After rainfall, many house sparrows foraging together in a hedgerow close to Kinson Village Green (30th).

MAY 2020

Green veined white, orange-tip, peacock and speckled wood butterflies on the wing at Kinson Common (1st am).
Little egret visiting Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (1st).
More emerging southern marsh orchids gps recorded in the lower valley, Kinson Common (1st).

Swift flying southwards over Kinson school (2nd am).
Ox-eye daisies and cornflowers together with other colourful flowers brightening up an area by Kinson Village Green (2nd).
Check made on the progress of emerging autumn lady`s, bee, common and pyramidal orchids in north Bournemouth (3rd).
Cuckoo heard calling once near Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (3rd am).
Blackcaps and chiffchaffs active around Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (3rd).
Flowering hawthorn and elderberry showing well at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (3rd).

 Vocal goldfinches visiting back gardens by Kinson school (4th).
2 swifts flying over central Kinson near The Acorn (5th am).
Common bat activity around back garden trees at dusk near Kinson school (6th).
Bog cotton grass putting on a good show on the north side of Central Bog, Kinson Common (7th).
Greater spotted woodpeckers calling loudly to each other at Pond Scrub, Kinson Common (7th am.
A few early marsh and southern marsh orchids approaching the flowering stage in Central Bog, Kinson Common (7th).
a few adult frogs observed in the damper regions of Kinson Common (7th am).
Brimstone, green-veined white, holly blue and orange-tip butterflies on the wing at Kinson Common (7th).
Emperor dragonflies and large red and common blue damselflies active around Kinson Common (7th).

Black headed and herring gulls, also jackdaws, present around central Kinson (8th).
Rose chafers visiting garden flowers near Kinson school (9th).
House sparrows visiting a shrubbery by Kinson Village Green (9th).
Robin and hedge sparrow activity in a garden by Kinson school (10th). 
Goldfinches active around gardens close to Kinson Village Green (11th).

Buzzard flying low by Kinson Village Green with gulls watching it closely (12th pm).
Ox-eye daisies, cornflowers and other plants very colourful in the wild flower area behind Kinson Village Green (13th).
Goldfinches again visiting gardens close to Kinson school (14th).
Periwinkles in flower, by Glenmeadows, Kinson Common (14th).
2 small pyramidal orchids with developing flower heads observed in north Bournemouth (15th).
2 small common spotted orchids with tiny flower heads in north Bournemouth (15th).
Careful check made on remaining bee orchid plants in north Bournemouth (15th).
Good sized groups of 3-spined sticklebacks of varying sizes observed near Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (15th).
Little egret in excellent condition present for a time at Pepin`s Pond, today (15th).
Fine stand of yellow irises noticeable by Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (15th).
Beautiful demoiselles resting on stream side willows, lower valley, Kinson Common (15th).
2 busy moorhens present in the central region of Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (15th pm).
A few large red damselflies resting in the margins of Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (15th).
Well developed heath spotted orchid nearing the flowering stage, lower valley, Kinson Common (15th).
Chiffchaff calling loudly, lower valley, Kinson Common (15th).
Vibrant ferns noticeable on a stream bank, near Central Sallows, Kinson Common (15th).
A few small southern marsh orchid plants still present at Poole Lane Meadows, Kinson Common (15th).
Green-veined white butterflies observed at Kinson Common today (15th).

Gps recording of southern marsh orchids in the lower valley, Kinson Common (16th).
Green veined white and holly blue activity in Dragonfly Hollow, Kinson Common (16th).
Gps recordings of some early marsh orchids in flower, Kinson Common (17th).
Green woodpecker in low flight towards Blanchard`s Copse, Kinson Common (17th am).
Bog cotton grass showing well by Central Bog, Kinson Common (17th).
Holly blue activity in a garden near Kinson school (17th pm).

House martins flying under the eaves of a few shops fronting Wimborne Road, Central Kinson (18th am).
Tawny owl calling from Cuckoo woods, Kinson, late evening (18th).
More early marsh orchids flowering on Kinson Common (19th).
Some southern marsh orchids beginning to flower, upper valley, Kinson Common (19th).
Beautiful demoiselles active in Gover`s Glade, Kinson Common (19th pm).
Scarce chaser dragonfly (f), in prime condition, Central Bog, Kinson Common (19th pm).
Green veined white, peacock and speckled wood butterflies active at Kinson Common (19th pm).
Holly blue butterfly activity in a garden close to Kinson school (19th).

Green rose chafers visiting gardens in central Kinson (20th).
Eye-catching wild flower triangle behind Kinson Village Green very vibrant (21st).
Gps recording of more early marsh orchids on Kinson Common (21st).
Scarce chaser (f) resting on fern in Gover`s Glade, Kinson Common (22nd).
Large red damselfly activity by Dragonfly Hollow, Kinson Common (22nd pm).
Blackcap and chiffchaff in full song in the lower valley, Kinson Common (22nd pm).
More heath spotted orchids at the flowering stage, Kinson Common (22nd).
Green veined white and speckled wood butterflies active around Kinson Common (22nd pm).
Sticklebacks very active together near Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (22nd pm).

Blackbird collecting nesting materials near Kinson Village Green (23rd am).
Bee, common spotted and pyramidal orchids at the flowering stage in north Bournemouth (24th).
Blackcaps and whitethroats in full song at Millhams Mead, Bournemouth (24th).
Scarce chaser dragonflies active at Millhams Mead and Kinson Common, Bournemouth (24th).
Jackdaw investigating around the top of Kinson church tower (24th am).
Pigeons, sparrows and starlings feeding close together on Kinson Village Green (25th am).
Ladybirds visiting  the wild flower region  by Kinson Village Green (25th).

House martins flying under eaves of homes in central Kinson (26th am).
Gps recording of flowering heath spotted orchids on Kinson Common (26th).
Lobelia coming into flower under a hedge near Kinson Village Green (27th).
Gps recording of flowering early marsh orchids on Kinson Common (28th).
Common lizards observed on the fringe of Central Bog, Kinson Common (28th).
Speckled wood butterflies on the wing in the Lower valley, Kinson Common (28th).
Small copper butterfly visiting flowers in Central Bog, Kinson Common (28th).
Moorhens present and emperor dragonflies busy around Pepin`s Pond, Kinson Common (28th am).
A few swifts flying over central Kinson (29th am).
Holly blue visiting flowers in a garden by Kinson school (29th).

Holly blue and Speckled wood butterflies visiting flowers in a garden by Kinson school (30th).
Check made on flowerings of early marsh and southern marsh orchids on Kinson Common (31st).

JUNE 2020


Numerous house sparrows searching for insects in the wild flower area by Kinson Village Green (1st am).
Gps recording of flowering bee, common spotted and pyramidal orchids in north Bournemouth (2nd).

A damp day with much needed rainfall (3rd).
Tawny owl calling from trees within the grounds of Kinson School, late evening (3rd).
Carrion crows feeding together near Kinson Village Green (4th).
Wild flower area still very colourful by Kinson Village Green (4th).

KINSON WILD BIRD RECORDINGS IN 2020
 
From 1st January 2020 to 4th June 2020 


CORVIDAE: Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Rook 


FRINGILLIDAE: Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch


PASSERIDAE: House sparrow 


STURNIDAE: Starling 


MOTACILLIDAE: Pied wagtail, Grey wagtail, Meadow pipit


SITTIDAE: Nuthatch


CERTHIIDAE: Tree creeper


REGULIDAE


PARIDAE: Blue tit, Great tit, Long tailed tit 


SYLVIIDAE: Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat


TURDIDAE: Blackbird, Mistle thrush, Redwing, Robin, Song thrush 


PRUNELLIDAE: Dunnock


HIRUNDINIDAE: House martin, Swallow


TROGLODYTIDAE: Wren


PICIDAE: Great Spotted woodpecker, Green woodpecker 


ALCEDINIDAE: Kingfisher


STRIGIDAE: Tawny owl


FALCONIDAE: Buzzard, Red Kite,Sparrow hawk 


PHALACROCORACIDAE: Cormorant


ANATIDAE: Mallard, Mute swan


ARDEIDAE: Heron, Little egret


LARIDAE: Black headed gull, Herring gull


RALLIDAE: Moorhen 


COLUMBIDAE: Wood pigeon


APODIDAE: Swift


CUCULIDAE: Cuckoo 


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