We started our walk by taking the cliff-top path from the Castle walking towards the lighthouse.
A few distant Gannets and closer Guillemots were seen but, apart from a single Fulmar, all the breeding seabirds had left the cliffs, leaving only their smell!
Plenty of gulls were still here of course, including the fine adult Great Black-backed pictured below, a young Black-back and lots of Herring Gulls including several well-grown chicks still on the cliffs with their parents.
The real ornithological highlight though was the most unexpected find of a breeding pair of Black Redstarts, with one youngster.
This species is a common enough sight in winter but as a breeding bird is a great rarity in Dorset, or anywhere in the UK for that matter.
The recent wet weather had resulted in an explosion of flora, in an hour and a half we counted no less than 86 species, including the rare Sea Spleenwort.
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Whitethroat (heard)
Plants (86 species!)
Hart's Tongue Fern