Events diary

Walks, talks, work parties and other activities in the Dorset area

Sunday 26 November

Conservation Action Day  

Lydlinch Common, North Dorset

Lydlinch is part of an area crucial to the Marsh Fritillary, and conservation work is vital to ensure that the habitat is kept suitable for its survival at this site. From 10.00 to 3.30 pm.

Contact: Colin Burningham   Phone: 01935 873219 or 07849 921594.

Meeting point: Meet in the lay-by just outside the village on the A357 near the turning to Sherborne, map reference ST 737137.
Grid ref.: ST737137   Postcode: DT10 2JD

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Tuesday 28 November

Barberry Moth Project  

Stourpaine

Barberry planting along the disused railway line in Stourpaine and management work at two other local sites with Fiona Haynes, Butterfly Conservation Project Officer and staff from Dorset County Council. This task will be of benefit to the extremely rare Barberry Carpet moth. Please let Fiona know if advance if you would like to join the group. Please bring lunch, waterproofs in case of rain. Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves if you have them.

Contact: Fiona Haynes   Phone: 07483 039323
Email: fhaynes@butterfly-conservation.org

Meeting point: 10.00 am on the trackway opposite Manor France Farm, Stourpaine
Grid ref.: ST868083   Postcode: DT11 0QL

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Saturday 9 December

Brown Hairstreak Egg Search and Conservation Action Day  

Alners Gorse / Rooksmoor Common

As well as the regular scrub management work (9.00 am until 4.00 pm) there is the chance to take part in the annual Brown Hairstreak egg search for some or all of the day. Brown Hairstreak eggs are quite easy to see once you know what to look for and are more easily counted than the elusive butterflies, so this is an important exercise. Training will be given. Wear waterproof footwear and bring a packed lunch if attending all day. The afternoon egg search will carried out on Rooksmoor Common. Leader: Dr Martin Warren.

Contact: Nigel Spring   Phone: 01963 23559 or 07981 776767
Email: nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk

Meeting point: 9.00 am (10.00 for egg count) at Alners Gorse reserve entrance on the road from Hazelbury Bryan to Kings Stag beside the Hazelbury Bryan village sign and 30 mph sign. Park on the wide straight road verge well away from the dangerous bend. For the Alners Gorse count, meet at the reserve entrance at 10.00 am. For the Rooksmoor count, meet at the Alners Gorse hut on the reserve at 1.00 pm.
Grid ref.: ST736100

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Sunday 21 January

Conservation Action Day  

Lankham Bottom Butterfly Reserve

We will be at Lankham Bottom Butterfly Reserve above Cattistock where we will be clearing scrub to improve the steeper grassland on the eastern slopes for Marsh Fritillary butterflies - this is a threatened species that is thriving on this reserve at the moment. Today we will be working with the Dorset Countryside Volunteers from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Bring working gloves, a mug for hot drinks and your packed lunch. Dress up warm!

Contact: Nigel Spring   Phone: 01963 23559 or 07981 776767
Email: nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk

Meeting point: The Reserve entance is off the minor road from Cattistock to the A37, about half a mile from the A37. Meet at 9.30 am and park inside the metal gate.
Grid ref.: ST606004

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Sunday 28 January

Conservation Work Day  

Lydlinch Common, North Dorset

Lydlinch is part of an area crucial to the Marsh Fritillary, and conservation work is vital to ensure that the habitat is kept suitable for its survival at this site. From 10.00 am to 3.30 pm.

Contact: Colin Burningham   Phone: 01935 873219 or 07849 921594.

Meeting point: Meet 10.00 am and park in the lay-by just outside the village on the Sherborne to Sturminster road
Grid ref.: ST737137   Postcode: DT10 2JD

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Sunday 4 February

Conservation Action Day  

Perryfields Butterfly Reserve

We will be on site from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm on our annual visit to control scrub regrowth and open up new areas for butterflies. In spite of its small area, Perryfields is a very good site for butterflies and moths, and is becoming increasingly important as it gets more and more hemmed in by housing, quarries and supermarkets! Perryfields Reserve lies above the Museum car-park, on the western side of Pennsylvania Road, Easton, on the Isle of Portland. Take the A354 onto Portland and through Easton. Continue along Wakeham to its end. The public car park is on the right-hand side of the road opposite Pennsylvania Castle at grid reference SY 695712, Ordnance Survey Landranger Map 194 , postcode DT5 1HT. Walk up the steps onto the reserve

Contact: Nigel Spring   Phone: 01963 23559 or 07981 776767
Email: nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk

Meeting point: The public car park is on the right-hand side of the road opposite Pennsylvania Castle at grid reference SY 695712, Ordnance Survey Landranger Map 194 , postcode DT5 1HT. Walk up the steps onto the reserve
Grid ref.: SY69571   Postcode: DT5 1HT

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Saturday 10 February

Conservation Work Day  

Langford Valley

Conservation work day on habitat for Duke Of Burgundy.

Contact: Rachel Jones   Phone: 01929 408018
Email: R.Jones@butterfly-conservation.org

Meeting point: 10.00 am at the field gate beyond Langford Farm Cottages, near Lower Magiston. Take the minor road northwards from Stratton to Sydling St. Nicholas along the Sydling Water. At the Bridleway sign turn right into the Langford valley and to the farm
Grid ref.: SY639958   Postcode: DT2 9NP

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Saturday 17 February

Butterfly Trends in West Dorset and Portland  

Toller Porcorum

All are welcome to this presentation of the results of butterfly recording in West Dorset in 2017. Please come along as well if you might be interested in taking part in the monitoring in 2018. Walks covered are Brackett’s Coppice, Black Hill, Chard Junction, Cerne Giant, Southfield Hog Cliff, Kingcombe, Lankham, Lorton Meadows, Powerstock, Portland (Broadcroft, Perryfields and Tout), Radipole and Stonebarrow and the Wider Countryside walks. There will also be a review of casual, website and garden records. The venue is Toller Porcorum Village Hall, start time 2.00 pm.

Contact: Keith Miller   Phone: 01300 321007

Meeting point: 2.00 pm at Toller Porcorum Village Hall. From the A356, drive down into Toller Porcorum, over a small bridge then second right(School Lane) then left into Church Mead to Village Hall. From Bridport follow sign to Toller Porcorum, then down into village, over old railway bridge, then first left (School Lane).
Grid ref.: SY562980   Postcode: DT2 0DT

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Friday 23 February

Conservation Work Day   

Langford Valley

Conservation work day on habitat for the Duke Of Burgundy

Contact: Rachel Jones   Phone: 01929 408018
Email: R.Jones@butterfly-conservation.org

Meeting point: 10.00 am at the field gate beyond Langford Farm Cottages, near Lower Magiston. Take the minor road northwards from Stratton to Sydling St. Nicholas along the Sydling Water. At the Bridleway sign turn right into the Langford valley and to the farm
Grid ref.: SY639958   Postcode: DT2 9NP

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Saturday 24 February

Branch Members Day and AGM  

Puddletown

The programme will consist of: * AGM and Chairman’s summary of the year * Five Steps to save a species – Butterfly Conservation’s Landscape-scale Conservation’ A presentation by Dan Hoare, Head of Regions for BC, who has been involved in many major conservation projects. * Tea and raffle draw. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes gratefully received. * Members’ photo session. Here is a chance to show your photos of butterflies, moths, life stages and Branch events (max 20 please). Let us know in advance if you wish to contribute - contact Nigel Spring by email nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk If you require any further details or can offer help on the day, please contact Jane Smith on 01935 814029.

Contact: Jane Smith   Phone: 01935 814029
Email: secretary@dorsetbutterflies.com

Meeting point: 2.00pm - 5.30pm. Puddletown Village Hall DT2 8RX, map reference SY 757942. There is plenty of parking in the village.
  Postcode: DT2 8RX

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Sunday 25 February

Conservation Work Day  

Lydlinch Common

Lydlinch is part of an area crucial to the Marsh Fritillary, and conservation work is vital to ensure that the habitat is kept suitable for its survival at this site. 10.00 am to 3.30pm.

Contact: Colin Burningham   Phone: 01935 873219 or 07849 921594.

Meeting point: 10.00 am. Park in the lay-by just outside the village on the Sherborne to Sturminster road.
Grid ref.: ST737137   Postcode: DT10 2JD

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Friday 2 March

Butterfly Trends in East Dorset  

Wimborne

All are welcome to this presentation on the trends in butterfly numbers revealed by the monitoring in east Dorset surveys in 2017 including casual, website and garden records. Walks covered are those at Avon Heath, Badbury Rings, Garston Wood, Hengistbury Head, Kinson Common, Moors Valley, Mude Valley, Pamphill Moor, Redhill, Sopley Common, Sovell Down, Stanpit, Stour Valley, Upton Heath, West Moors and Wimborne St. Giles and also the Wider Countryside walks. Please come along if you are interested in helping with any sort of butterfly recording in 2018.

Contact: Bill Shreeves   Phone: 01747 852587
Email: records@dorsetbutterflies.com

Meeting point: 7.30pm. St. Catherine's Church Hall on the corner of Leigh Road and Lewens Lane, Wimborne.
  Postcode: BH21 1LE

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Thursday 8 March

Butterfly Trends in South Dorset  

Wareham

All are welcome to attend this presentation of the results of the south Dorset Transect surveys, Wider Countryside project, casual, website and garden records in 2017 and the resulting trends in butterfly numbers. Please come along if you might also be interested in helping with any sort of butterfly recording in 2018 or joining in several of the butterfly counting walks at Ballard Down, Bindon Hill, Corfe West Hill, Corfe Common, Durlstons, Hethfelton, Higher Hyde, Langton Westwood, Lulworth Estate, Studland & Ferry Road West, Tadnoll, Townsend, Wareham Walls, Winspit and the miniature walks along the Purbeck Chalk Ridge.

Contact: Jon Bellamy   Phone: 01929 450182

Meeting point: 7.30pm. Methodist Hall, North Street, Wareham, BH20 4AB.
  Postcode: BH20 4A

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Saturday 10 March

Conservation Action Day  

Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve

One of our Dorset Events in Butterfly Conservation’s ‘Day of Action’ We continue the woodland and scrub management work to improve our wildlife habitats. There will be hot drinks and cake for refreshments. Do join us if you can between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Contact: Nigel Spring   Phone: 01963 23559 or 07981 776767
Email: nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk

Meeting point: Reserve entrance on the road from Hazelbury Bryan to Kings Stag, beside the Hazelbury Bryan village sign and 30 mph sign. Park on the wide straight road verge, well away from the dangerous bend.
Grid ref.: ST736100

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Tuesday 13 March

Silver-studded Blue Butterflies and Their Relationship With Ants  

Hamworthy, Poole

A joint event with the Dorset Wildlife Trust Poole Group. An illustrated talk by Lorraine Munns exploring the critical interaction between this butterfly species and ants.

Contact: Ken Yeates (DWT)   Phone: 01202 674998
Email: dwtpoole2@hotmail.co .uk

Meeting point: 7.30 pm at Carter Community School, Blandford Close, Hamworthy, Poole.
  Postcode: BH15 4BQ

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Friday 16 March

Butterfly Trends in North Dorset  

East Stour, near Gillingham

All are welcome to hear reports on 2017 recording, casual, website, Wider Countryside and garden records and plans for the 2018 campaign. Please come along if you are interested or wish to help in any sort of butterfly recording in 2018 or butterfly counting walks, which are Alners Gorse, Cashmoor Down, Clubmen's Down, Deadmoor Common, Duncliffe Wood, Fifehead Wood, Fontmell Down, Hod Hill, Jerry's Hole, Lydlinch Common, Melbury Down, Milldown, Piddles Wood, Rooksmoor, Ryewater, Sovell Down and Stubhampton Bottom.

Contact: Bill Shreeves   Phone: 01747 852587
Email: records@dorsetbutterflies.com

Meeting point: 7.30pm. East Stour Village Hall, next to the playing field on the left of the B3092 road from East Stour to Gillingham.
  Postcode: SP8 5JY

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Sunday 25 March

Conservation Work Day  

Lydlinch Common

Lydlinch is part of an area crucial to the Marsh Fritillary, and conservation work is vital to ensure that the habitat is kept suitable for its survival at this site. 10.00 am to 3.30pm

Contact: Colin Burningham   Phone: 01935 873219 or 07849 921594

Meeting point: 10.00 am. Park in the lay-by just outside the village on the Sherborne to Sturminster road.
Grid ref.: ST737137   Postcode: DT10 2JD

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