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Portland Bird Observatory
The Isle of Portland is an excellent bird-watching area. Set on a promontory in the Channel, it attracts a diverse range of land bird migrants and offers good sea-watching too. In the right climatic conditions, namely south-easterlies, seabirds to note include shearwaters, skuas, terns and scoter. Between late April and mid-May the passage of Pomarine Skuas is a popular attraction as are the Purple Sandpipers which feed around the Pulpit Rock area. In the winter a variety of grebe and diver species can be observed in Portland harbour and a good place to see them is from Sandsfoot Castle.
Wildlife highlights: Birds - Nearly 360 species have been recorded here, including Golden plover, Arctic skua, Guillemot, Razorbill (both breed here), rock pipit, redstart, whinchat, goldcrest, and a very wide range of sea and shore birds, ducks and waders.
Occasional sightings of seals and dolphins.
Butterflies - Silver studded blue, painted lady, Red admiral are all seen.
Accommodation: The Observatory offers comfortable, hostel-style accommodation with shared facilities for up to 24 guests in the lighthouse and adjacent annexe. In addition, the adjoining self-contained lighthouse-keepers cottage sleeps four and is particularly suitable for a family or small group that require a little more privacy.
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