Spotted: wildlife on the estate this month

Beetle on a daisy at Badbury Rings

There is so much wildlife on the wider estate that you might not normally see. Our volunteer photographers manage to get out and about to Badbury Rings, White Mill and Holt Heath to take these stunning pictures.

The Roesel’s Bush Cricket is amoung the most common in the UK. They like sunny spots and short grass. You can usually hear them before you'll see it because of the distincitve noise they make by rubbing their legs against their wings.
A grasshopper found at Badbury Rings in Dorset
The Marbled White is unique in terms of its colouration and wing pattern. It is also one of Britain's most common butterflies and can usually be found in grassy meadows, however this particular butterfly was found in the gardens at Kingston Lacy.
Marbled White butterfly in the grounds of Kingston Lacy in Dorset
The Corn Bunting is a small brown bird, similar to the Skylar and Sparrow but smaller than a Starling. The lowland farmland bird is the largest of the buntings and is most usually seen perched on a wire or post.
Corn Bunting at Badbury Rings
The main rivers of Dorset are ideal for mayflies. There are several species of mayfly, but all have 3 tails like this one. They live as larvae in streams and hatch as flying adults (with a very short lifespan) to mate in the spring.
Mayfly at Badbury Rings in Dorset
The Common Blue is the most widespread blue butterfly in Britain, and is found in a variety of grassy habitats. The brightly coloured males are conspicuous but females wings can be almost brown in colour.
Common blue butterfly on the Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset
Common lizard at Badbury Rings. Typically smaller than the Sand lizard at 10-15cm, the colours and markings are variable from green, brown and grey. Often seen sunbathing on sand banks or favouring areas of short grassland.
Common lizard found at Badbury Rings