• Sightings - 31 August

    A glorious late summer's day saw Dove Stone attract a lot of visitors. At Ashway Gap we were rewarded with very good views of a peregrine and up to 3 kestrels hunting on the bank. one of the kestrels had a damaged wing but it still performed admirably. The sightings were particularly good for a number of young visitors who had not seen them before.

    • 2 Sep 2018
  • Sightings - 10 August

    A very changeable day was rewarded with prolonged views of 4 kestrel hunting near Ashway Gap.

    Other sightings included peregrine, raven, redpoll, goldfinch, swallow, chaffinch, wren, blackbird, robin, great tit, coal tit, blue tit, wood pigeon, jackdaw, black headed gull and canada geese.

    There were also reports of 4 short eared owl hunting up on Saddleworth Moor.

    • 11 Aug 2018
  • Sightings - 20 July

    A mixed day of weather today starting hot and sunny and culminating in the strange but welcome arrival of rain.

    Today's visitors included a peregrine, pair of kestrel, oystercatcher, large flock of lapwing, swallow, house martin, goldfinch, jay, jackdaw, wren, coal tit, blue tit, chaffinch, robin, blackbird, mallard, black headed gull and pheasant.

    • 21 Jul 2018
  • Sightings - 13 July

    Today’s visitors included wren, goldfinch, grey wagtail, swallow, grey wagtail, jackdaw, meadow pipit, blackbird, robin, chaffinch, mallard, wood pigeon, blue tit and chaffinch.

    • 14 Jul 2018
  • Sightings - 6 July

    Another hot dry day at Dove Stone gave prolonged views of the peregrine at Ashway Gap. It was very inactive until mid afternoon when we were treated to an exciting aerial display with numerous take offs and landings.

    Other visitors comprised swallow, meadow pipit, kestrel, robin, chaffinch, Canada geese, wren, wood pigeon, curlew, goldfinch and pheasant.

    • 7 Jul 2018
  • Fire update

    Following on from our initial blog on the Saddleworth fire last week, here is a quick update from our wardening team:

    The Saddleworth fire, which started on neighbouring grouse moor and spread onto Dove Stone has damaged approximately 200 hectares (around 300 football pitches) of land. Fortunately, the blaze did not reach the main areas of blanket bog that we've been restoring on the higher plateau, although an area…

    • 5 Jul 2018
  • Saddleworth fire

    We’ve understandably had a lot of concern for the wildlife and moorland habitat here at Dove Stone following the blaze in Saddleworth that has made national headlines this week. Here, our Site Manager Dave O'Hara gives an update on what we know at the moment: 

    Our dedicated site team have been busy assisting with the logistics of getting equipment to the fire crews. As you can imagine, the moorland terrain and…

    • 29 Jun 2018
  • Sightings - 29 June

    A scorching day seemed to keep visitor numbers down at Dove Stone but a peregrine was active this morning at Ashway Gap and other sightings included swallow, jackdaw, robin, meadow pipit, goldfinch, siskin, blue tit, wood pigeon, chaffinch, black headed gull, pheasant, mallard, dunnock and common sandpiper.

    • 29 Jun 2018
  • Sightings - 22 June

    A great summer’s day at Dove Stone showing the site off to its best. The peregrines put in intermittent appearances at Ashway Gap and other visitors included goldfinch, grey wagtail, swallow, pied wagtail, jackdaw, meadow pipit, blackbird, robin, chaffinch, mallard, mistle thrush, black-headed gull and chaffinch.

    • 23 Jun 2018
  • Sightings - 15 June

    Good lengthy views of a peregrine at Ashway Gap together with swallow, pied wagtail, meadow pipit, goldfinch, blackbird, wren, robin, chaffinch, jackdaw, mallard, mistle thrush and oystercatcher.

    • 16 Jun 2018
  • Sightings - 1 June

    A fleeting glimpse of a peregrine at Ashway Gap, together with pied wagtail, meadow pipit, blackcap, blackbird, robin, chaffinch, chiffchaff, jackdaw, swallow, jay, canada geese, mallard, heron and buzzard.

    • 2 Jun 2018
  • Sightings - 18 May

    A glorious day at Dove stone started with the welcoming call of a cuckoo near the main car park. Other visitors included pied wagtail, lapwing, mistle thrush, song thrush, blackbird, robin, dunnock, grey heron, reed bunting, chaffinch, willow warbler, meadow pipit, jackdaw, crow, wood pigeon, common sandpiper and a peregrine.

    • 19 May 2018
  • Sightings - 11 May

    Great views of the two peregrines at Ashway Gap today. Other sightings include swallow, curlew, buzzard, a pair of great spotted woodpecker, lapwing, greylag, nuthatch, blackbird, mistle thrush, meadow pipit, robin, chaffinch, great tit and mallard.

    • 12 May 2018
  • Sightings - 4 May

    Today’s visitors at Dove Stone included curlew, peregrine, coal tit, great tit, nuthatch, jackdaw, swallow, pied wagtail, chaffinch, robin, willow warbler, jay, house martin, canada geese, mallard and grey wagtail.

    Also there are reports of a cuckoo calling this morning in the sailing club area.

    • 5 May 2018
  • Sightings - 27 April

    A very wet day at Dove Stone more suited to mallards and amphibians! Still the following put in an appearance - great spotted woodpecker (2), goldfinch, chaffinch, nuthatch, robin, great tit, coal tit, blue tit, pied wagtail, curlew, mistle thrush, meadow pipit, crow, jackdaw and several swallows around the dam wall near the main car park.

    A cuckoo was reported calling earlier this week too.

    • 27 Apr 2018
  • Sightings - 20 April

    Another glorious day at Dove Stone with visitors including greenfinch, great tit, coal tit, blue tit, goldfinch, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, chaffinch, blackbird, curlew, willow warbler, dipper, pied wagtail, kestrel and a couple of sightings of peregrine near Ashway Gap.

    • 21 Apr 2018
  • Sightings - 13 April

    A gloomy day at Dove Stone saw coal tit, great tit, blue tit, blackbird, robin, chaffinch, jay, quite a few siskin, jackdaw, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, meadow pipit, song thrush and curlew.

    Other reported sightings over the last few days included bullfinch, common sandpiper and ring ouzel.

    • 14 Apr 2018
  • Sightings - 6 April

    The highlight of today was the visit of an Osprey over Yeoman Hey reservoir which was noted late morning and spent at least a couple of hours circling around. What a treat.

    Other visitors included a large flock of meadow pipits, jackdaws, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, blackbird, robin, chaffinch, coal tit, blue tit, black headed gulls, mallard and canada geese.

    • 7 Apr 2018
  • Sightings - 16 March

    There was a lot of peregrine activity at Ashway Gap today but no ravens which had been seen on the quarry earlier in the week.

    Other sightings included kestrel, magpie, blue tit, great tit, black headed gulls, mallard and canada geese.

    • 17 Mar 2018
  • Sightings - 16 February

    Another lovely day at Dove Sone with sightings of great tit, coal tit, blue tit, chaffinch, mistle thrush, black headed gull, solitary cormorant, kestrel, goldfinch, robin, blackbird, siskin, raven and a peregrine.

    • 16 Feb 2018
  • Sightings - 9 February

    A gloriously sunny but cold day at Dove Stone attracted jackdaw, mistle thrush, a solitary oystercatcher, black headed gull, nuthatch, great tit, coal tit, blue tit, blackbird, goldfinch, robin, siskin, kestrel and peregrine.

    • 10 Feb 2018
  • Sightings 2 February

    A glorious winter’s day at Dove Stone to see a pair of raven searching along the ridge above Chew Brook and a kestrel carrying his lunch across the path.

    Other visitors included robin, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, long tailed tit, black headed gulls, a large flock of jackdaw and a smaller flock of rook.

    • 3 Feb 2018
  • Sightings - 26 January

    The highlight of today was watching a pair of raven investigating the rock face above Ashway Gap only to be interrupted and chased off by one of the peregrines.

    Other sightings included a kestrel, blue tit, great tit, a flock of about 12 long tailed tit, mistle thrush, blackbird, robin, dunnock and siskin.

    Sightings of mountain hares are still being reported, particularly on the track up to Chew Reservoir.

    • 27 Jan 2018
  • Dovestone bog finds

    Its a bit cold, wet and windy with snow due, but before the weather turned too wintry, I went up onto the bog around Chew reservoir on wednesday, which is around 1500 ft asl, to do some Lichen surveying. Thanks to Kate for a lift up with the volunteer work party!

    When all else , like insects particularly, are not around, Lichens are still showing well and worth a look at - and we have some nice communities developing…

    • 7 Dec 2017
  • Sightings - 27 October

    A beautiful Autumn day at Dove Stone was enjoyed by many visitors with the opportunity to see great aerial displays by a pair of peregrine and a kestrel. Other highlights included stonechat at Celebration Wood, goldcrest in Pennyworth Wood and a dipper at Ashway Gap.

    • 28 Oct 2017