Portland Pan Species Weekend

June 15, 2015 in Holiday and Trip Reports by Simon Horsnall

Just returned from a weekend on Portland blitzing the area’s wildlife.  Result was 94 ticks with some still to ID.  Pick of the pics below:

Ammophilus pubescens, a tenebrionid beetle which appears to be associated  with Thrift.  Found on Chesil Beach.


Bloody-nosed Beetle, Timarcha tenebricosa, my favourite Chrysomelid.  Bumbling around Church Ope



Dwarf Spurge, a tiny plant about 5 – 7 cm high.  Found at Church Ope






Common Broomrape, growing in profusion at Chesil Beach.  We also found the very similar Ivy Broomrape.




Greater Sea Spurrey, growing among the shingle on Chesil Beach






Hairy-fruited Cornsalad, growing at Church Ope.  Distinguished by the shape of its seed pods.




Haresfoot Clover, not a particularly interesting plant but it had been on my want list for a while so I’m putting it in here.




My second favourite moth from the trap: Small Elephant Hawkmoth (Cream Spot Tiger was by far the best).  With an L-album Wainscot muscling in on the upper left corner.



Portland Spurge, the 4th Euphorbia of the trip growing at Church Ope.



Sea Clover, growing at Chesil Beach



Small Scabious, distinguished by the black “eyelashes” between the florets.  Growing at Church Ope



For comparison, Field Scabious ticked on the way home at Corfe Castle (where I’d stopped for Lulworth Skipper which was a good tick but not a good photo)



Wall Lizard at Church Ope, one of several naturalised colonies around the southern UK


Included this individual who had clearly had an accident at some point in his life.


Shrubby Sea Blight, a monstrous plant growing at Chesil Beach and home to the lichen Caloplacha suadae.