Events diary

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

Wednesday 17 July

The Butterflies of Lulworth  

Bindon Hill, Lulworth

The Lulworth Skipper,Chalkhill Blue, Dark Green Fritillary and Essex Skipper will be target species on this, the fifth of the walks organised by The Heritage Centre at Lulworth Cove in conjuction with BC. The event is free for BC members but pre-booking is advisable as numbers are limited. Charges apply in the large car park next to The Centre. The start time is 11.00 am and it is expected that the walk will last about 2 hours after which you may wish to stay on the hill with lunch or visit The Heritage Centre. For further details and booking ring The Heritage Centre.

Contact: The Heritage Centre   Phone: 01929 400155

Meeting point: The Heritage Centre, Lulworth.
Grid ref.: SY822801   Postcode: BH20 5RQ

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Wednesday 17 July

Guided Walk - Duncliffe Wood  

west of Shaftesbury

This is our first visit for some time to this extensive wood owned by the Woodland Trust. Silver-washed Fritillary will be among the target species.

Contact: Robin George   Phone: 01747 824215
Email: rab.george@btinternet.com

Meeting point: Meet 1.00 pm in the car park (not on the roadside) by the track that leads up to the wood.
Grid ref.: ST817223  

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Friday 19 July - Sunday 11 August

Big Butterfly Count  

Dorset-wide

This isn't an event as such, but we want to encourage everybody to get out and take part in the Big Butterfly Count, so we thought we'd note it here. It only takes 15 minutes! See our News page for full details.


Sunday 28 July

Guided Walk - Alners Gorse  

Alners Gorse Reserve

Joint with Devon Branch. 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.

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

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.
Grid ref.: ST736100  

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Wednesday 31 July

The Butterflies of Lulworth  

Bindon Hill, Lulworth

Chalkhill Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Gatekeeper and Essex Skipper are target species on this, the sixth of the walks organised by The Heritage Centre at Lulworth Cove in conjuction with BC. The event is free for BC members but pre-booking is advisable as numbers are limited. Charges apply in the large car park next to The Centre. The start time is 11.00 am and it is expected that the walk will last about 2 hours after which you may wish to stay on the hill with lunch or visit The Heritage Centre. For further details and booking ring The Heritage Centre.

Contact: The Heritage Centre   Phone: 01929 400155

Meeting point: The Heritage Centre, Lulworth
Grid ref.: SY822801   Postcode: BH20 5RQ

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Sunday 4 August

Rodwell Trail - Butterfly Identification Walk  

Weymouth

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

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

Meeting point: Meet at 2.00 pm at the café in Sandsfoot Castle gardens, Old Castle Road, Weymouth.
Grid ref.: SY675775   Postcode: DT4 8QE

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Wednesday 7 August

Rediscover the Chalkhill Blue  NEW

Giant Hill SSSI, Cerne Abbas

A single male specimen was found last year, the first appearance for more than five years. Could this have been a vagrant wanderer or can the species still be resident yet undetected? Similarly the Adonis Blue had reduced to an annual transect count of just 9 specimens in 2017, yet recovered to 81 last year (36 first brood this season). We shall explore and search the entire area in the hope of finding the Chalkhill again, with many other butterfly species to be seen too. We aim to finish at about 1.00 pm. Bring lunch if you want to stay on later.

Contact: Malcolm Wemyss / Rebecca Porter   Phone: 07977 287739 / 07546 520048
Email: pearlborderedfritillary@gmail.com

Meeting point: Meet at 10.30 am in the picnic area car park opposite village hall, off the A352.
Grid ref.: ST663015  

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Thursday 8 August

Guided Walk - Tyneham and Coastal Path  

Tyneham Village

This walk may be steep in places but will bring rewarding sea views. We will hopefully catch the emerging second brood of Adonis Blue and Wall and find Lulworth Skipper which will be coming to the end of its flight period. Bring a packed lunch.

Contact: Tom and Jean Smith   Phone: 01305 567537 or 07717 437250 on the day

Meeting point: Meet 11.00 am at the Tyneham car park (charges apply) and bring a packed lunch.
Grid ref.: SY882802  

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Sunday 11 August

Guided Walk - Ballard Down  

Swanage

A return visit to Ballard Down to see the second brood of the Adonis Blue, Wall and Brown Argus which will now be on the wing.

Contact: Jon Bellamy   Phone: 01929 450182

Meeting point: Ulwell lay-by on the Swanage to Studland road at 11.00 am.
Grid ref.: SZ021809  

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Sunday 11 August

Guided Walk - Martin Down NNR   

Martin Down

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 but there is an option to return to the car park for those who wish to leave early. Please note the start time.

Contact: Mark Spencer   Phone: 01202 760621 or 07926 556653

Meeting point: We meet at 10.30 am in the car park at the top of Sillens Lane which runs from the triangular green in Martin village.
Grid ref.: SU058192  

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Wednesday 14 August

The Butterflies of Lulworth  

Bindon Hill, Lulworth

Chalkhill Blues, Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary are among the target species on this, the penultimate of the walks organised by The Heritage Centre at Lulworth Cove in conjuction with BC. The walk will involve a climb onto Bindon Hill which will be steep in places. The event is free for BC members but pre-booking is advisable as numbers are limited. Charges apply in the large car park next to The Centre. The start time is 11.00 am and it is expected that the walk will last about 2 hours after which you may wish to stay on the hill with lunch or visit The Heritage Centre. For further details and booking ring The Heritage Centre.

Contact: The Heritage Centre   Phone: 01929 400155

Meeting point: The Heritage Centre, Lulworth
Grid ref.: SY822801  

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Friday 16 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.

Contact: Andy Fale   Phone: 07970 552673

Meeting point: Meet at the Urban Wildlife Centre, Corfe Mullen.
Grid ref.: SY977948   Postcode: BH21 3RX

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Sunday 18 August

Open Garden   

Shillingstone

Mike and Jennie Adams invite BC members and the general public to visit their garden with broad borders packed with a profuse mix of plants – from the well-known and old-fashioned across the spectrum to rare and unusual – including perennials, self-seeding annuals, bulbs, climbers, shrubs, trees and edibles, covering the ground and clothing fences, walls, hedges and wooden frameworks. They were in the National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book for 20 years until 2015 (and open for Butterfly Conservation in 1994 and 95) opening every year in late August and so specialising in late-flowering and architectural subtropicals both outside and in the large glasshouse. Non-botanical surprises too! Coombe Cottage (DT10 0SF) lies on the main A357 in the middle of Shillingstone between Gunn Lane (where parking is advised) and the Old Ox pub. You are asked to donate £3 per head (under-16s free), which will be donated in full to BC. There may also be a few home-grown plants for sale. The garden will be open between 2.00 and 5.30 pm and phone enquiries may be made to 01258 860220.

Contact: Mike and Jennie Adams   Phone: 01258 860220

Meeting point: Coombe Cottage, Shillingstone
Postcode: DT11 0SF

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Thursday 22 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.

Contact: Colin Burningham   Phone: 01935 873219 or 07849 921594

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

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Saturday 24 August

Guided Walk - Fontmell Down  

Fontmell, near Shaftesbury

This is a joint event with Wiltshire Branch. 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. This is the week of The Great Dorset Steam Fair so avoid the Blandford area at all costs.

Contact: Andrew Daw   Phone: 07778 146297

Meeting point: Meet 11.00 am at the National Trust car park, map reference ST 886 187. There is alternative parking around the triangle at ST 888 185. Contact is Paul Butter on 07807 680455
Grid ref.: ST886187  

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Saturday 24 August - Sunday 25 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. Details of this popular festival can be found at www.stockgaylard.com/the-oak-fair.asp

Contact: Colin Burningham   Phone: 01935 873219 or 07849 921594

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

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Wednesday 28 August

The Butterflies of Lulworth  

Bindon Hill, Lulworth

Our series of walks concludes today. Adonis Blue, Grayling, Clouded Yellow and Wall will be among the target species. The walks organised by The Heritage Centre at Lulworth Cove in conjuction with BC. The walk will involve a climb onto Bindon Hill which will be steep in places. The event is free for BC members but pre-booking is advisable as numbers are limited. Charges apply in the large car park next to The Centre. The start time is 11.00 am and it is expected that the walk will last about 2 hours after which you may wish to stay on the hill with lunch or visit The Heritage Centre. For further details and booking ring The Heritage Centre.

Contact: The Heritage Centre   Phone: 01929 400155

Meeting point: The Heritage Centre, Lulworth
Grid ref.: SY822801  

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Sunday 1 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.

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

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

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Sunday 1 September

Guided Walk - Winspit  

Worth Matravers, Purbeck

Adonis Blue and Wall are among the target species. Wear stout footwear and bring lunch. The walk will be steep in places.

Contact: Arthur Bryant   Phone: 01747 228252 or 07711 404190 on the day
Email: arthurbryant@onetel.com

Meeting point: 11.00 am in the public car park in Worth Matravers
Grid ref.: SY974776  

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Sunday 22 September

Conservation Work Day  

Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve

We will be 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.

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

Meeting point: 9.00 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.
Grid ref.: ST736100  

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Sunday 29 September

Conservation Work Day  

Lydlinch, North Dorset

Lydlinch is part of an area crucial to the Marsh Fritillary. Conservation work is vital to ensure that the habitat is kept suitable for its survival at this site. 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 outside the village on the north side of the A357 near the turning to Sherborne.
Grid ref.: ST737137   Postcode: DT10 2JD

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