Events diary

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

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 A357 near the turning to Sherborne, map reference ST 737137.
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

50th Anniversay Conservation Day of Action  

Lankham Bottom Reserve, near Cattistock

People are invited to join BC staff at this free conservation day of action to celebrate the charity’s 50th anniversary, with opportunities to tour the reserve, take part in a survey for the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly and learn more about the work going on to help butterflies and moths across Dorset and the rest of the UK. There will also be a tombola, cake stall and a bonfire (weather permitting). This event is not suitable for very small children, but children are welcome if they are accompanied by an adult. The site is steeply sloping in places and winter ground conditions will make it muddy, so please wear wellies or walking boots. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Meeting point: 10.30 am to 3.00 pm Spaces and parking are limited and anyone attending will need further instructions on getting to the reserve, so please register your interest and book your place by emailing events@butterfly-conservation.org We look forward to hearing from you!

Saturday 10 March

50th Anniversay Conservation Day of Action  

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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Saturday 10 March

50th Anniversary Conservation Day of Action  NEW

Sovell Down near Gussage All Saints

We are joining forces with DWT volunteers to continue the annual programme of scrub control on their reserve which has flower-rich grassland and is home to over 20 species of butterfly. The Blues and Grizzled Skipper are the key species in the area that we will be working on. We will be working from 10.00 am to approx 3.30 pm so bring lunch if you plan to stay into the afternoon. Tools are provided but please bring your own gloves if you can. Contact is Andy Fale on 07970 552673

Contact: Andy Fale   Phone: 07970 552673

Meeting point: Parking is on the road verge near the water pumping station, halfway between Gussage All Saints and Gussage St Michael
Grid ref.: ST994109

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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 A357 near the turning to Sherborne, map reference ST 737137.
Grid ref.: ST737137   Postcode: DT10 2JD

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Saturday 14 April

Branch Sales Stall  

Radipole

Our sales and information will be present at Radipole Wildlife and Nature Day to be held in local gardens in Radipole on 14th April from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Contact: Colin Burningham   Phone: 01935 873219 or 07849 921594