Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata) foraging on snow covered heathland
In the severe winter of 1962/63 the Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata) was almost wiped out in Britain. The national population dropped to just 10 pairs.
But in good breeding seasons, and with suitable habitat, its numbers are capable of bouncing back, thanks to repeated nesting and high survival rates among its offspring.
On the Surrey lowland heaths Dartfords have been doing well, re-colonising Thursley Common last year for the first time since a devastating fire in 2006.
During the recent freezing winter weather I photographed this Dartford warbler foraging in the snow on Chobham Common:
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s new collection of Christmas cards for 2011 includes one of my recent landscape photographs:
This was the wintry view from Swyre Head in the Isle of Purbeck looking west to Kimmeridge Bay, and Lulworth beyond, back in December.
This design and others are available to purchase from the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s online shop in packs of 10, with profits going to the charity.
The snow did not settle for long, and by the following afternoon was in rapid retreat.