Autumn in Dorset

A Dorset Autumn

banjobeachAs the clocks change, the nights drawing in and we fast approaching winter. The leaves on the trees are changing colour and giving us a wonderful display. The farmers have finished and hauled the final harvests and the last grapes are being picked from the vineyards.

The fishermen are enjoying good catches of crab in West Bay, and along the beach, the pleasure anglers have been enjoying some calm seas.

Walking now needs a coat and sometimes a scarf to keep the chill off, however, the sun still has some warmth in it (when it decides to make an appearance).

A favourite place to visit in Autumn is the beach – you can take dogs onto many of the beaches that have restrictions through the summer. Seeing them enjoy the sand and the pebbles and leaping through the lapping waves is such good fun. The other bonus is that there are fewer people at this time of year so there is even more space than normal and parking is so easy.


Also, the flocks of birds that are migrating to or from our shores in Autumn are here in abundance, with many wild geese being spotted along the Fleet Lagoon. The Fleet Lagoon is behind the Chesil Beach, where at Abbotsbury a stretch of saline (or brackish) water begins and runs along to Ferry Bridge Portland, fossils can be found in the sand and mud.

Unknown by many, the Fleet Lagoon features on the cover of the hit record Echo Beach – by Martha and the Muffins.

This is the cover art for Echo Beach by the artist Martha and the Muffins. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, Virgin Records Ltd, or the graphic artist(s).

Birds in flight at sunset, Arne RSPB Reserve, Dorset. July 2005The Arne Nature Reserve is also a wonderful place to take your camera and binoculars to see the wildlife. Things to look out for at this time of year are fabulous fungi, rutting deer and flocks of a thousand plus Avocets – typically a black and white wading bird with an up-turned bill. They sweep the bill from side to side in the shallow waters of Poole Harbour while feeding on small crustaceans and insects.

Getting away for a weekend break is so easy and this will certainly get the batteries recharged and ready for Christmas, why not take a look to see where you could stay in Dorset this Autumn – Dorset Coastal Cottages