Sightings - Monday 22nd October 2018

Cattle Egret - 7 Abbotsbury Swannery, 1 Stoborough
Great Egret - 1 Longham Lakes
Spoonbill - 26 Brownsea Island lagoon
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 Lodmoor
Avocet - 500 Brownsea Island lagoon
Short-eared Owl - 7 Portland Bill (yesterday)
Fieldfare - 40 Middlebere
Redwing - 7 Christchurch Harbour
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 Hengistbury Head, 1 Portland Obs

Possible wildlife crime at RSPB Lodmoor Nature Reserve –

Dorset Police alerted the RSPB to the presence of five males who have known links to wildlife crime at RSPB Lodmoor nature reserve on the 17th October. They were seen with a large net and drove a black Suzuki Vitara. It’s not known what their intentions were but their behaviour was clearly suspicious and was logged by the Police. A further possible incident took place 21st October when two males were seen lifting a ‘cage’ from the sluice along Preston Beach Road but again there’s no suggestion of their intention. Due to these incidents please look out for anything suspicious at RSPB Lodmoor and report it to the Police via 101 and if you see a crime taking place please do not hesitate to ring 999. More eyes looking the better!