Spring in Dorset
Spring is (in my opinion) one of the best times to visit the Dorset coast. All colours appear to be more vivid – as if the brightness is being turned up after a winter of dullness.
Spring is the time for birds like the puffin to return to Dorset to breed. In the fields, hares have boxing matches as females fend off over-friendly males! The trees and woods come alive with birdsong, bluebells and other spring flowers. A hidden gem in the West Dorset is Powerstock Common Nature Reserve, worth a visit at any time of year.
Snowdrops and daffodils line the roads leading into the chocolate box villages. Crocuses are making an appearance poking their colourful heads up through the grass.
The air is fresh and clear, the sky is pastel blue in colour with the sun shining over crystal clear sea and streams. In the harbours, fishermen are getting ready for the new season. Great flocks of seabirds are migrating to their nesting areas getting ready for summer. The great bank of shingle stretching from West Bay to Portland known as Chesil Beach is a haven for some wonderful wild plants and flowers such as Sea Kale and Sea Pea. Studland sand dunes are a National Nature Reserve and a haven for an abundance of wildlife. The new viewing platform at the Chesil Beach Centre on Portland Beach Road is ideal for watching the birds feeding as the tide recedes.
Dogs on the beach
Now is the perfect time to visit with your dog, as the seasonal beach restrictions have yet to come into force. The beaches are beautifully quiet and perfect for a walk with your four-legged friends. Use the Jurassic Coast bus service to drop you at the start of your walk and drop you back near to your holiday cottage at the end of the day. This enables you to cover sections of the South West Coast Path without having to use your car. It is also an ideal way to enjoy the beautiful scenery without the distractions of driving.
Grab the chance now to visit this beautiful county as it begins to wake from the winter slumber…