Events diary

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

Thursday 3 August

Exploratory Walk  

Hambledon Hill

The National Trust have asked us to help revive the transect walk on this site. To assess what species are present and the most favoured habitats, this will be the second of two visits this summer with the aim of resuming the transect in the 2018 season. The walk is open to everyone whether or not you might be interested in being involved in the transect. If you are interested but cannot attend either walk please get in touch to register your interest. The walk will start with a steep climb to the ramparts. Bring your lunch and plenty to drink. Meet at 11.00 am.

Meeting point: NT field, at the start of the bridleway, south-east of Childe Okeford
Map: ST838122

Contact: Arthur Bryant   Phone: 01747 228252 (or 07711 404190 on the day)

Saturday 5 August

Guided Walk - Alners Gorse  

Alners Gorse Reserve

The Brown and Purple Hairstreaks will be among the targets, along with other summer species like the Silver-washed Fritillary. There may still be White Admirals and White-letter Hairstreaks on the wing. We plan to have a picnic lunch by the hut at around 1.00 pm.

Meeting point: Meet 11.00 am at the Alners Gorse reserve entrance which is on the road from Kings Stag to Hazelbury Bryan beside the Hazelbury Bryan village sign and 30 mph sign. Park on the wide straight road verge on the Kings Stag side of the village sign, well away from the dangerous bend.
Map: ST736100

Contact: Martin Warren   Phone: 07775 590750
Email: martin.warren@bc-europe.eu

Sunday 6 August

Rodwell Trail - Butterfly Identification Walk  

Weymouth

A walk along the old railway line between Weymouth and Portland.

Meeting point: Meet at 2.00 pm at the café in Sandsfoot Castle gardens, Old Castle Road, Weymouth, map reference SY675773.
Map: DT4 8QE

Contact: Bernard Franklin   Phone: 07711 304412
Email: bernard_franklin_h@msn.com

Sunday 13 August

Guided Walk - Martin Down NNR   

Dorset/Hampshire Border

Joint with Bournemouth Natural Science Society Target species include Silver-spotted Skipper, Chalkhill Blue and hopefully second-brood Adonis Blue. Bring a packed lunch as we will be stopping for lunch about halfway round the walk.

Meeting point: We meet at 11.00 am in the car park, map reference SU 058 192, at the top of Sillens Lane which runs from the triangular green in Martin village.
Map: SU058192

Contact: Mark Spencer   Phone: 01202 760621 or 07926 556653.

Friday 18 August

Upton Heath Moths and Butterflies  

Upton Heath

Joint with Dorset Wildlife Trust. 9.00 am. Moths - The inspection of the overnight moth trap. 11.00 am. Butterfly Walk on Upton Heath for Grayling and other wildlife.

Meeting point: Meet at the Urban Wildlife Centre, Corfe Mullen, map reference SY 977 948.
Map: BH21 3RX

Contact: Andy Fale   Phone: 07970 552673

Saturday 19 August

Guided Walk - Weymouth Relief Road  

Weymouth

During the construction of the road an imaginative plan was devised to create new herb-rich downland on the slopes alongside it. This event gives us the opportunity to monitor the development of this important new habitat where more than 20 species of butterfly have already been recorded.

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.
Map: SY674859

Contact: John Elliott   Phone: 01305 889380

Sunday 20 August

Guided Walk - Fontmell Down  

Fontmell, near Shaftesbury

This is a joint event with Devon and Wiltshire branches. The last Dorset refuge for the Silver-spotted Skipper, Fontmell offers a great opportunity to study this and other downland specialities including the second brood of Adonis Blue. Bring stout footwear and a packed lunch if staying for the afternoon visit to the lower slopes.

Meeting point: Meet 11.00 am at the National Trust gate. There is alternative parking around the triangle at ST888185.
Map: ST885187

Contact: Andy Daw   Phone: 07778 146297

Sunday 20 August

Guided Walk - Ballard Down  

Swanage

Joint with Dorset Wildlife Trust. A return visit to Ballard Down to see the second brood of the Adonis Blue which will now be on the wing.

Meeting point: Ulwell lay-by on the Swanage to Studland road at 11.00 am.
Map: SZ022808

Contact: Colin Nunn   Phone: 01929 439211

Friday 25 August

Guided Walk - Osmington  

Osmington, East of Weymouth

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.

Meeting point: Meet at 11.00 am outside Osmington church.
Map: SY725829

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

Saturday 26 August -
Sunday 27 August

Oak Fair  

Stock Gaylard Park

Stock Gaylard Estate is a small traditional country estate just over 4 miles from Sturminster Newton and 8 miles from Sherborne. This is a 2-day fair. Come and find us on Conservation Row where we will have a display of butterflies and moths, children’s activities and sales. The Stock Gaylard Estate does have a website where you can find out more - search on "Stock Gaylard Oak Fair".

Meeting point: Follow local signs.
Map: DT10 2BG

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

Sunday 3 September

Dorset County Show  

Dorchester Showground

Come and find us in the Bee Tent at the top of the field, and visit our Information and Display Stall at this busy show. Children’s activities, live moths and sales.

Meeting point: Off the B3163. Follow local signs.
Map: DT2 7SD

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

Sunday 3 September

Guided Walk - Winspit  

Worth Matravers, Purbeck

A pleasant coastal walk for late butterflies and migrating birds. Wear stout footwear and bring packed lunch. Steep in places.

Meeting point: Meet 11.00 am at Worth Matravers car park.
Map: SY974776

Contact: Bernard Franklin   Phone: 07711 304412

Sunday 24 September

Conservation Work Day  

Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve

Continuing the woodland and scrub management work to improve our wildlife habitats. There will be a bonfire with hot drinks and cake for refreshment. Join us if you can between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Meeting point: 10.00 am at 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.
Map: ST736100

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

Sunday 1 October

Conservation Work Day  

Lydlinch, 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.

Meeting point: 10.00 am. Park in the lay-by just outside the village on the Sherborne to Sturminster road.
Map: ST736137

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

Sunday 15 October

Conservation Action Day  

Lankham Bottom Butterfly Reserve

We continue the task of gorse and thorn scrub clearance on this important downland reserve between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. There will be a bonfire with hot drinks and cake for refreshment.

Meeting point: 10.00 am. The reserve entrance is off the minor road from Cattistock to the A37 about ½ mile from the A37. Park inside the metal gate.
Map: ST606004

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