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May (updated on Tuesday 29 May 2019)

The name May is probably derived from Maia, the mother of Mercury, to whom the Romans made sacrifices on the first day of the month. On Dartmoor it is the best month to look for birds as all the migrants have arrived and the nesting season is now in full swing.

So far May has been a settled dry month but with some very cold nights. Whatever the weather the Bluebells have been totally amazing this year. The ones between Sticklepath and Belstone in Skaigh Wood and on the opposite side of the valley have been particularly impressive (See pictures below, top left and top right)

Moorland Walk on May 20th

I led a Haytor-Smallacombe Rocks-Black Hill walk for some visitors from Worcestershire - a very cold North-West wind was blowing at 09.30 but it soon warmed up- lots of Willow Warblers, Stonechats, Linnets, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Whitethroats (and Cuckoos calling) but once again I didnt see a single Wheatear! Last year there was a nest in the wall of the roundhouse just below Smallacombe Rocks but no sign of any at all this time. Not much has changed here so it must be due to the factors in the wintering areas of North Africa and conditions on the migration routes.

Biggest surprise was a Grey Squirrel on the Tor just before Black Hill summit (see picture below, bottom left)- a long way from the nearest trees. Also some lovely Heath Milkwort in flower (see picture below, bottom right) and grand views of the Bluebells at Holwell Lawn.

Future Events – Summer Moorland Walks

The next Moorland Walk will be on Sunday June 23rd. The walk will start at 09.30 hours from the Haytor Visitor Centre. Charge is £5.00 per adult. There should be plenty of moorland birds such as Stonechats, Skylarks, Linnets and Whitethroats plus a few surprises.

Please contact me if you are interested by e-mail or telephone (details as shown below). You can find details of other walks in the Events section of this web site.

Telephone (0785 8421 148) or e-mail me at enquiries@dartmoornaturetours.co.uk if you need more information about any events. You can also Follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Dartmoornaturetours