Dorset has to be one of the most productive Counties at any time of the year and especially during the winter months. many species spend their winter in the warmer climes of the south of England, where the sheltered bays and coastal coves offer food and protection throughout the winter season.

Quite often there are over-wintering rarities as well as the prolific variety of regular visitors. In recent years there have been North American wading birds such as Long-billed Dowitcher & Lesser Yellowlegs