Celebrating winter at Studland Bay
Winter is a time to experience the wild side of Studland Bay, where wildlife finds a year-round home. Celebrate winter and its wildlife at Studland Bay.
Wildlife to spot this winter
Brent geese are a common sight swimming just offshore in Studland Bay where they spend winters feeding on eelgrass before the arrival of spring sends them back to their breeding grounds in northern Russia.
Look out for sanderling dashing along the water’s edge and comically following the waves up and down. These long legged, silvery-grey birds are on the hunt for marine crustaceans, small fish and even jellyfish.
While Brent geese and sanderling are winter visitors, the Dartford warbler is with us all year round. You may hear its distinctive scratchy call before spotting it perched on a gorse bush or flitting over the heathland.
Dawn and dusk are best if you want to to see the sika deer which roam Studland, making winter a good time to spot them. Also known as Japanese deer, sika were introduced to Britain in the 19th century.
Studland’s dunes are the only place in England and Wales where you can see the sand earthtongue fungus. This black fungus is dotted along the peninsula just behind the dune ridge closest to the sea and is quite easy to spot.