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    Sunday 1 August

    Rodwell Trail - Butterfly Identification Walk

    Weymouth

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    A walk along the old railway line between Weymouth and Portland. This is an ideal opportunity for beginners to be inducted into butterfly identification and life cycles.

  • Contact: Bernard Franklin
  • Phone: 07711 304412
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  • Email: [email protected]
  • Meeting point: Meet at 2.00 pm at the cafe in Sandsfoot Castle gardens, Old Castle Road, Weymouth.
  • Grid ref.: SY675775
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  • Postcode: DT4 8QE
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    Saturday 7 August

    Guided Walk - Tout Quarry and Kingbarrow

    Portland

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    These are two abandoned quarries on Portland (now DWT reserves) linked by a tunnel through a third quarry. Come and see how recent work on clearing invasive scrub has enhanced the grassland. Target species are- Chalkhill Blue and the cretaceous form of Grayling. Bring packed lunch and drink. There are public toilets behind Portland Heights hotel. Tout Quarry has good paths – but there are some areas of rough/steep walking on Kingbarrow. Contact is Georgie and Ian Laing on 07484 788645

  • Contact: Georgie and Ian Laing
  • Phone: 07484 788645
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  • Email: [email protected]
  • Meeting point: Meet at Tout car park at end of Tradecroft, off Wide Street,at 10:45 for 11.00 am start.
  • Grid ref.: SY682722
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    Sunday 8 August

    Chalkhill Blue Survey

    Giant Hill SSSI, Cerne Abbas

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    A single male specimen was found in 2018, the first appearance for more than five years. None were seen in 2019 and just three were recorded last year. The aim is to explore and search the entire area in the hope of finding the Chalkhill Blue again and confirming its status. Many other butterfly species including second brood Adonis Blue will be seen. Please be aware of occasional steeper slopes. We aim to finish at about 1.30 pm.so bring lunch if you want to stay on later on the hill. Meet at 11.00 am in the picnic area car park opposite the Cerne Abbas village hall, map reference ST 663 015, nearest postcode DT2 7GY.

  • Contact: Rebecca Porter
  • Phone: 07546 520048
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  • Email: [email protected]
  • Meeting point: Meet at 11.00 am in the picnic area car park opposite village hall, off the A352.
  • Grid ref.: ST663015
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  • Postcode: DG2 7GY
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    Wednesday 11 August

    Guided Walk - Weymouth Relief Road  NEW

    Weymouth

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    During the construction of the road an imaginative plan was devised to create new herb-rich downland on the slopes alongside it. Informal monitoring of butterflies started in 2012 and a formal transect was set up in 2018. Last year 25 species were seen and the overall total for the site has now reached 30 with an appearance of a Chalkhill Blue in 2019 for the first time. An impressive colony of Small Blues has developed.

  • Contact: Adrian Neil
  • Phone: 01305 832937
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  • Email: [email protected]
  • Meeting point: Meet at 1.00 pm at the truncated end of the Broadmayne road where it meets the relief road. N.B. Access is only possible from the eastern side of the relief road.
  • Grid ref.: SY674859
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  • Postcode: DT3 5PR
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    Sunday 22 August

    Guided Walk - Ballard Down

    Swanage

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    A return visit to Ballard Down to see the second brood of the Adonis Blue, Wall and Brown Argus which will now be on the wing.

  • Contact: Jon Bellamy
  • Phone: 01929 450182
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  • Meeting point: Ulwell lay-by on the Swanage to Studland road at 11.00 am.
  • Grid ref.: SZ021809
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    Wednesday 25 August

    Guided Walk - Osmington

    Osmington, East of Weymouth

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    A downland and country lane walk on which we should find at least 15 species of butterfly. The targets will include Adonis Blue and Wall. There is a choice to return to the start making a 2 hour walk or then have a picnic lunch if you wish to continue to make a total of 4½ hours walking and watching. Children are very welcome.

  • Contact: Colin Burningham
  • Phone: 01935 873219 or 07849 921594
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  • Email: [email protected]
  • Meeting point: Meet at 11.00 am outside Osmington church.
  • Grid ref.: SY725830
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  • Postcode: DT3 6EJ
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