Avon Heath Country Park

The Birder's Market | Resource | Birding locations | Birding sites England | Birding sites Dorset |  Avon Heath Country Park

Avon heath photograph
Avon Heath Country Park

Avon Heath Country Park

The miles of tracks offer an opportunity to explore some of Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.

The park is dominated by lowland and wet heath, acid grassland and heather, which is broken only by clumps of birch and pine. Some of the rarer species to look out for are Sand Lizards and Smooth Snakes, Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Nightjar (pictured) and Silver-studded Blue butterfly.

The wildlife area next to the Heathland Discovery Centre is surrounded by established woodland and is home to a large pond, bee hives, wood piles, bird feeders, bird and bat boxes. The viewing hide provides an opportunity to keep an eye on any wildlife activity. The new boardwalk and pond dipping platform has been built by the rangers and dedicated volunteers to facilitate access to the pond for schools and other groups. Cameras have been fitted at various sites in the wildlife area projecting images into the discovery centre. Work is currently being done on the observation bee hive to get it up and running.

Next to the wildlife area is the vivarium, which presently houses 2 male sand lizards and 4 females and is part of an important breeding programme. They are most likely to be seen basking on the logs when there is some sun, but it is not too hot - a great opportunity to see one of these protected species. The rangers feed them crickets on cloudy days when the heath's insects are less active and hunting is therefore harder for the lizards.


Click here for further information

Bird photographs from Avon Heath
Bird video from Avon Heath
Avon Heath on twitter
Avon Heath blogs and links
Avon Heath local services
Birding walks at Avon Heath

The Birder's Market | Resource | Birding locations | Birding sites England | Birding sites Dorset |  Avon Heath Country Park

add this

RSPB

RSPB GIFT MEMBERSHIP

RSPB GIFT MEMBERSHIP


celestron
Foto

Foto

Today' Best Deals
Lizard Bird Diary

Lizard Bird Diary

d





Compact Mini Rubber 8 x 21 Kids Binoculars

BTO

Valid CSS!