Could you help us walk Hod Hill?

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Hod Hill. Photo: Carole Drake

Hod Hill is one of over 60 places where we have a regular butterfly monitoring (transect) walk and has been walked every year since 1982, but we now need some help to keep this 39 year effort going.One of our wonderful walkers has moved away, and although we have someone who does the walk a lot of the time, she needs someone who can take over if she is away.

Hod Hill lies between Blandford and Shaftesbury, and is Dorset’s largest hill fort, dating back to the Iron Age. It has amazing views and a wonderful range of flowers and butterflies thanks to the thin chalk soil on the ditches and ramparts. You can see more information on our Hod Hill page.

Orchid on Hod Hill. Photo: Carole Drake

Although the walk needs to be done once a week from April to September, we run a rota, so you don’t have to be able to walk it every week, just as often as you can when needed: the weeks you do are agreed with the walk organiser in advance. The transect walk covers the same set route every week, and is divided up into sections. Every butterfly you see is recorded in the section in which you see it.

You will need to be able to identify butterflies fairly well, as there are often a lot of them to be seen on this walk. You will also need to be physically fit, as there is a very steep climb at the start of the walk. Help will be given when you start.

For more information, please contact us via the Contact Form.

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