Note For all Conservation Work Days, if the prevailing weather is bad, please contact the event leader to check whether the work is going ahead.

    Sunday 29 November

    Conservation Action Day  CANCELLED

    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. N.B. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND, DUE TO CORONAVIRUS REGULATIONS, IT WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO FIRST REGISTER YOUR DETAILS WITH COLIN.

  • Contact: Colin Burningham
  • Phone: 01935 873219 or 07849 921594.
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  • Meeting point: Meet in the lay-by outside the village on the north side of the A357 near the turning to Sherborne.
  • Grid ref.: ST737137
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  • Postcode: DT10 2JD
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    Friday 11 December

    Conservation Action Day

    Broadcroft Quarry Reserve

    We will be holding workparties on our Butterfly sites on the second Friday of each month November until March. The Dorset Wildlife Trust will be holding their work parties on their sites on the last Friday of each month. Volunteers will be welcome to all the workparties but will need to register their interest in advance. For the DWT workparties, contact Steve Masters [email protected], for the BC workparties contact Nigel Spring [email protected] Volunteers must observe these precautions to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus: - Bring your own gloves, goggles if needed, hand sanitiser. - Bring your own drinks and refreshments. - Do not share food. - Do not share your allocated tools. - Return to task leader at end for sanitising wipe. - Bring a simple First aid kit for yourself and be prepared to administer for your own minor injuries. - Use hand sanitiser before drinking or eating. - Keep 2m distance at all times. - It goes without saying that you should not attend any workparties if you are showing any of the symptoms of Covid-19. We shall meet for a 9.30am start on the track through the reserve near the entrance to the recycling centre. We aim to continue the task of cutting back the rampant clematis, bramble and cotoneaster regrowth on the grassland areas of the reserve. Bring your own tools if you have them - secateurs and/or loppers, though we will have some to lend. We shall aim to finish by 3.00pm but please feel free to join us for whatever time you can spare. Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1IJpFFPqZjFxQ1bWTDzdysQMcLM8&ll=50.54615239733121%2C-2.429623078642207&z=18

  • Contact: Nigel Spring
  • Phone: 07981 776767
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  • Email: [email protected]
  • Meeting point: For Broadcroft Quarry Reserve, turn left off Easton Road onto Grove Road and about 100 yards on the right (Opposite Portland Football Club) is a track which leads to the car park.
  • Grid ref.: SY695723
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  • Postcode: DT5 1BZ
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    Saturday 12 December - Sunday 13 December

    Brown Hairstreak Egg Search

    Alners Gorse and Rooksmoor

    This event is scheduled for the Saturday but if the forecast is bad, we will aim to do this survey on Sunday 13th instead. This event must be booked in advance - by email to Nigel Spring or text to 07981 776767. This is the chance to take part in the annual Brown Hairstreak egg search for some or all of the day. It is very valuable way to assess the status of this species on the two sites. The Blackmore Vale has traditionally been one of the strongholds of the Brown Hairstreak in the county. 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. Leader: Dr Martin Warren. NB. We need to know in advance if you would like to be involved in this task, so please let me know by email to Nigel Spring or text to 07981 776767. We shall of course be observing the social distancing rules throughout the day and it goes without saying that if you or anyone in your household is showing symptoms of the Covid virus, then you should not attend.

  • Contact: Nigel Spring
  • Phone: 07981 776767
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  • Email: [email protected]
  • Meeting point: 10.00 am 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. For the Rooksmoor count, meet at the Alners Gorse hut on the reserve at 1.00 pm. Google Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1tdMx_SR3QpBdN25-nts-6w-RQ7U&ll=50.8912513651523%2C-2.3759865499999933&z=16
  • Grid ref.: ST736100
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