31/05/2015 Arne RSPB, Dorset

Sika Deer: After a sound night sleep in Bournemouth Gary and I packed up early and decided to go to Arne.

I have heard a lot about this place from an old colleague and a mate of mine from the RSPB John Lloyd who used to work there.

The morning was very wet and very grey! Typical birding weather when you go visit a new place however we made the most of the day by putting on our waterproofs and getting on the heath.  The weather had an impact on what we saw as it was no-where near as good as the previous evening on the heath at The New Forest, the highlights were several Green Woodies and plenty of Sika Deer, a mammal tick!

Overall I can say we had a cracking trip with plenty of new ticks for both of us with a great supporting cast and we were both keen to stay another night but made the decision to go home that night and try for the Northumberland Black-winged Pratincole.