First published Thursday 6 November 2014 in News
A RARE inland sighting of an arctic breeding wading bird, the grey phalarope, has been recorded on the largest of six new ponds which have recently been created on Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Tadnoll and Winfrith reserve.
Classed as ‘scarce’ in the UK and rarely found so far inland, it is thought the stormy weather had encouraged the grey phalarope to feed on one of the newest ponds in the Prison Fields area on the reserve, just weeks after its creation.
The new ponds are proving a success for other wildlife too, as conservation officers have spotted green sandpipers, snipe and grey wagtails using the ponds.
Diving beetles, water beetles, lesser water boatmen and mating common darter dragonflies were also recorded just two weeks after the ponds were created.