I had only intended the diary entries to cover the goings on in the garden and the local cliff but this month we have paid visits to two local sites which are worthy of mention.

The first was St. Catherine's hill, a heather covered haven for grass snakes and adders, just north of Christchurch. It came as a surprise to learn that there were apparently Dartford Warblers at this site - and even more of a surprise when we actually saw them!

The second site, also new to us, was in the other direction along the coast, at Lymington. This was a misty morning late in the month but the level of bird activity was overwhelming resulting in no fewer than seven new birds being added to the Locality Gallery and improved pictures for four more.

March 2003