Events diary

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

Sunday 6 January

Conservation Action Day  

Lankham Bottom Butterfly Reserve

Continuing the task of gorse and thorn scrub clearance on this important downland reserve. Today we will be working with the Dorset Countryside Volunteers who are also on the reserve on Saturday 5th in case anyone would like to join them to work off any Christmas excesses! There will be hot drinks and cake for refreshments.

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

Meeting point: The Reserve entrance is off the minor road from Cattistock to the A37, about half a mile from the A37. Meet at 9.00 am at the reserve entrance - or if you arrive later, drive through the main entrance and park at the bottom of the track (secure the inner gate behind you). Google map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1-s2R9VHQDKgEjZLs9RgJEZy0cs0&ll=50.801452693213946%2C-2.5557159999999612&z=16
Grid ref.: ST606004

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Wednesday 9 January

Barbary Moth Project  NEW

Stourpaine

We will be planting more Barberry at an old landfill site in the hope of encouraging Barberry Carpet. We will also another local site in the afternoon for more planting. All tools and training are provided. Please wear old clothes, sturdy boots and bring waterproofs. Also bring lunch and water and we will provide the tea and coffee. Please let Fiona know in advance if you plan on attending. fhaynes@butterfly-conservation.org 07483 039323.

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

Meeting point: Meet initially at 10.00 am near the bottom of Bottom Road, Stourpaine, point B on the link below. We will be working at Point C) https://gridreferencefinder.com?gr=ST8620409527|Point_s_B|1,ST8654209423|Point_s_C|1&v=r
Grid ref.: ST862095

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Sunday 20 January

Conservation Action Day  

Lankham Bottom Butterfly Reserve

Today we will be continuing with the tasks of reducing the invading thorn scrub and cutting regrowth. We will be grateful for any help with the raking up and stacking or burning of the brash. We will provide the necessary tools for the work, but please bring your own mug for hot drinks, your packed lunch and working gloves with you. If you can offer a lift or need one, contact me in advance of the task (07981 776767 or email nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk). If you are a chainsaw or brushcutter user, please let me know you will be joining us - you will need your own PPE and you should have attended a refresher course in the last five years.

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

Meeting point: The Reserve entrance is off the minor road from Cattistock to the A37, about half a mile from the A37. Meet at 9.00 am at the reserve entrance - or if you arrive later, drive through the main entrance and park at the bottom of the track (secure the inner gate behind you). Google map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1-s2R9VHQDKgEjZLs9RgJEZy0cs0&ll=50.801452693213946%2C-2.5557159999999612&z=16
Grid ref.: ST606004

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Sunday 27 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 A357 near the turning to Sherborne, map reference ST 737137.
Grid ref.: ST737137   Postcode: DT10 2JD

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Saturday 9 February

Conservation Work Day  

Langford Valley

Conservation work for Duke Of Burgundy habitat. A second visit is planned for Friday, 22nd February

Contact: Rachel Jones   Phone: 01929 406018
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 16 February

Butterfly Trends in West Dorset and Portland  

Toller Porcorum

All are welcome to attend this presentation of the results of the west Dorset Transect surveys, Wider Countryside project, casual, website and garden records in 2018 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 2019 or joining in several of the butterfly counting walks. After a presentation on the county and regional results for 2018, attendees are encouraged to contribute to the meeting by way of a short presentation on their experiences or with pictures. Please contact the organiser in advance if you wish to do so. The venue is Toller Porcorum Village Hall, start time 2.00 pm.

Contact: Stephen Brown   Phone: 07748 730399

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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Sunday 17 February

Conservation Action Day  

Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve

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: 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. 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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Friday 22 February

Conservation Work Day   

Langford Valley

Conservation work day on habitat for the Duke Of Burgundy

Contact: Rachel Jones   Phone: 01929 406018
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 23 February

Branch Members Day and AGM  

Puddletown

The programme will consist of: * AGM and Chairman’s summary of the year * 'The Cyril Diver Project - an insight into the background and achievements of the National Trust's successful citizen science initiative on Studland.' Presentation by David Brown, Property Ecologist for the National Trust on Purbeck, followed by an open discussion on how BC Dorset can recruit and motivate more volunteers. * Tea and raffle draw. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes gratefully received. If you require any further details or can offer help on the day, please contact Adrian Neil on 01305 832937.

Contact: Adrian Neil   Phone: 01305 832937
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 24 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: Meet 10.00 am and park in the lay-by outside the village on the north side of the A357 near the turning to Sherborne, map reference ST 737137. The nearest postcode is DT10 2JD.
Grid ref.: ST737137   Postcode: DT10 2JD

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Thursday 7 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 2018 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 2019 or joining in several of the butterfly counting walks. After a presentation on the county and Purbeck results for 2018, attendees are encouraged to contribute to the meeting by way of a short presentation on their experiences or with pictures. Please contact the organiser in advance if you wish to do so.

Contact: Jon Bellamy   Phone: 01929 450182

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

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Tuesday 12 March

Butterflies Of The World  

Hamworthy, Poole

A joint event with the Dorset Wildlife Trust Poole Group. An illustrated talk by Mark Spencer. A journey through the continents looking at the wide range of butterflies to be found worldwide.

Contact: Ken Yeates (DWT)   Phone: 07947 141539
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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Sunday 24 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: Meet 10.00 am and park in the lay-by outside the village on the north side of the A357 near the turning to Sherborne, map reference ST 737137. The nearest postcode is DT10 2JD.
Grid ref.: ST737137   Postcode: DT10 2JD

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Thursday 28 March

Butterfly Trends in North Dorset  

East Stour, near Gillingham

All are welcome to attend this presentation of the results of the north Dorset Transect surveys, Wider Countryside project, casual, website and garden records in 2018 and the resulting trends in butterfly numbers. Please come along if you might also be interested in helping with butterfly recording in 2019 or signing up for any of the butterfly counting walks. After a presentation on the county and north Dorset results for 2018, attendees are encouraged to contribute to the meeting by way of a short presentation on their experiences or with pictures. Please contact the organiser in advance if you wish to do so.

Contact: Peter Cooper
Email: devco2011@btinternet.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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