Events diary

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

Tuesday 21 May - Wednesday 22 May

Moth Trapping   NEW

France Firs, near Blandford

If you are interested in attending please contact Fiona Haynes to book a place. 8.45 pm until midnight or thereabouts, but you can leave when you get tired. Wrap up warm and bring a torch. There will also be an inspection of the catch on Wednesday morning from 9.00 to 10.30 am.

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

Meeting point: Parking area at the entrance to France Firs on the road from the Higher Shaftesbury Road to Stourpaine
Grid ref.: ST880096  

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Wednesday 22 May

The Butterflies of Lulworth  

Bindon Hill, Lulworth

This is the first of a series of walks that are being hosted by The Heritage Centre at Lulworth Cove throughout the summer. These will be led by either a Ranger or a representative of BC. The walks will involve a climb onto Bindon Hill which will be steep in places. The events are free to BC members but pre-booking is advisable as numbers may be limited. Charges apply in the large car park next to The Centre, map reference SY 822 801. Target species are Adonis Blue, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small Blue and Small Copper. On later walks, Lulworth Skipper, Dark Green Fritillary and Chalkhill Blue will be among the target species. 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 on 01929 400155.

Contact: The Heritage Centre   Phone: 01929 400155

Meeting point: 11.00 am. The Heritage Centre, Lulworth.
Grid ref.: SY824801   Postcode: BH20 5RQ

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Saturday 25 May

Butterfly Identification Workshop  

Cerne Abbas Village Hall

In Dorset we run more than 60 transect walks for 26 weeks a year. That is more than 1500 walks each requiring a skilled walker to record all the butterflies seen. We also take part in the national Wider Countryside Recording Scheme, garden recording and casual recording. This means that we are always looking for more recorders, and to help you get started, we offer a free workshop for beginners and those who would like to improve their skills in order to take part in recording. The workshop will be held at Cerne Abbas Village Hall from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Weather permitting, the workshop will consist of an indoor session including learning from specimens, photos and presentations, followed by an outdoor field visit to nearby butterfly-rich Giant Hill where we hope there will be plenty of opportunity to put your ID skills into practice. Please note that the hill, like many butterfly sites, is very steep in places and you will need sturdy footwear. Numbers are limited, so to book a place, please contact Robin George by emailing rab.george@btinternet.com.

Contact: Robin George
Email: rab.george@btinternet.com

Meeting point: Cerne Abbas Village Hall
Postcode: DT2 7GY

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Sunday 26 May

Butterfly Walk  

Ballard Down, Swanage

A walk along the lower slopes of Ballard Down to enjoy this chalk downland site with its stunning views and the spring butterflies. Target species are Green Hairstreak, Wall, Dingy Skipper and the first broods of Adonis Blue and Brown Argus.

Contact: Lorraine Munns   Phone: 07973 853628

Meeting point: 11.00 am at Ulwell lay-by on the Swanage to Studland road.
Grid ref.: SZ022809  

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Monday 27 May

Guided Walk - Lydlinch Common  

Lydlinch, North Dorset

This is a key site for the Marsh Fritillary and our winter work programme here is designed to maintain the habitat for this species. With luck, there will be nightingales singing.

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

Meeting point: Meet at 2.00 pm 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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Wednesday 5 June

The Butterflies of Lulworth  

Bindon Hill, Lulworth

The Lulworth Skipper will be a target species on this, the second 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   Postcode: BH20 5RQ

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Thursday 6 June

Guided Walk - Winspit Valley  

Worth Matravers

This walk will follow the route of the Winspit Valley Butterfly Transect with an additional diversion down to Winspit Cove for the lunch stop. The route is moderately steep in places and may be slippery after rain so wear stout footwear. Bring lunch.

Contact: David Lonsdale   Phone: 01202 743609

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

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Sunday 9 June

Guided Walk  

Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve

Guided walk to enjoy the butterflies and other wildlife and to hear the Nightingales if they are still singing.

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

Meeting point: Meet in the hut in the wood at 2.00 pm or arrive at 1.00 pm if you would like to have a picnic lunch there. Alners Gorse reserve entrance 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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Saturday 15 June

Guided Walk - Martin Down NNR   

Martin, Hampshire

Joint with Wiltshire Branch Martin Down NNR is worth a visit at any time during the butterfly season. Our targets on this, St Swithun’s Day, will be early-summer species like Small Blue, Marsh Fritillary and Dark Green Fritillary. Martin Down is also renowned for its orchids. We meet at 11.00 am at the car park, t the top of Sillens Lane which runs from the triangular green in Martin village. Bring lunch if you want to stay for the afternoon but there is the option to return to the car park for those who want to leave early.

Contact: Andrew Daw   Phone: 07778 146297

Meeting point: Lower car park off Sillens Lane, Martin
Grid ref.: SU058192  

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Wednesday 19 June

The Butterflies of Lulworth  

Bindon Hill, Lulworth

The Lulworth Skipper, Wall and Adonis Blue will be target species on this, the third 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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Saturday 22 June

Moth trapping - Gillingham, North Dorset  

Millennium Wood

Organised by the Gillingham Action for Nature Group The light traps will be put out in the wood the previous evening and the catch analysed 9.30 – 10.45 am on the Saturday morning. A good opportunity to get to know your moths! It is hoped this will be a family event, all welcome! There will be refreshments and bacon sandwiches available. Car Parking at ‘Little Gems Day Nursery’ 21 Brickfields Estate Gillingham SP8 4LT. Approach off New Road onto Brickfields Industrial Estate , past SouthWest Packaging, go between Stiles Metal Craft and Brickfields Car Sales to Little Gems. Walk through the gates to Tinknell Fuels depot and the wood is round the back. Coming by train to Gillingham Station - exit station on South side opposite the ticket office side. At top of footpath - turn right past Little Gems to Tinknell Fuels and Millennium Wood - 200 metre walk. In the event of bad weather, this event will be held on the Sunday morning.

Contact: Bob Messer   Phone: 01747 821269
Email: bobmesser@hotmail.com

Meeting point: park at Little Gems Nursery
Postcode: SP8 4LT

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Friday 28 June - Sunday 30 June

Bioblitz Weekend  

Chedington Woods (north-west Dorset)

We are looking for a team of experts and trainees, both amateurs and professionals, to take part in a weekend of surveying and recording a wide range of animals and plants in this under-recorded area of Dorset. This will include moth trapping, bird ringing, bat detecting, butterfly counts and surveys of wildflowers and lower plants. A comprehensive survey of this land was carried out between 2006 and 2010 with the first weekend event last year. The owners and the forester responsible for Chedington Woods are very keen to continue this on a regular basis to establish a public database of information about the site. Accommodation will be in tents next to the farm buildings at Wyke Farm or in B&B’s nearby. Day visitors also welcome. Booking is essential for this weekend. Contact is Nigel Spring on 07981 776767 or email nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk

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


Saturday 29 June

Guided Walk - Blandford Forest  

Near Okeford Fitzpaine

This will be an exploration of field margins as well as mature and coppiced woodland. Silver-washed Fritillary will be among the regular summer species to be seen here.

Contact: Richard Norman   Phone: 01258 472887

Meeting point: Meet at 1.00 pm at the picnic area on Okeford Hill
Grid ref.: ST812094  

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Sunday 30 June

Guided Walk on Broadcroft Quarry Reserve  

Portland

At this time of year there should be plenty to see! An impressive colony of Silver-studded Blues can be found in this quarry reserve. Meet 1.00 pm for approx. two hour walk.

Contact: Bernard Franklin   Phone: 07711 304412

Meeting point: For Broadcroft Quarry Reserve, turn left off Easton Road onto Grove Road and about 100 yards on the right is a track which leads to the car park.
Grid ref.: SY695723  

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Sunday 30 June

Guided Walk - Chedington Woods and Whitevine Farm SSSI  

Near Halstock

Chedington Woods are an area of hardwood and softwood plantations with some coppice woodland and with many species-rich wet flushes, on landslips west of Halstock. Whitevine Farm adjacent to the woods to the north contains extensive hay meadows renowned for their botanical diversity. This walk, part of the survey weekend (see seperate entry), will provide an opportunity to explore the fauna and flora on these two sites and is part of a weekend of biological surveying instigated by the landowner and the forester to add to the records for the area. Meet at the farm buildings at Wyke Farm at map reference ST 500 070 at 1.30 pm for a 1.45 start. Tea will be available at the end of the walk (approx 4.30 pm). Contact is Nigel Spring on 07981 776767 or email nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk Please email or phone in advance to book a place.

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

Meeting point: Meet at the farm buildings at Wyke Farm
Grid ref.: ST500070  

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Wednesday 3 July

The Butterflies of Lulworth  

Bindon Hill, Lulworth

The Lulworth Skipper, Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary will be target species on this, the fourth 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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Saturday 6 July

The Hunt For The Elusive Purple Emperor  

Deadmoor Common

Deadmoor Common is one of the last remaining tracts of what was once a wonderful species-rich habitat that extended over the Blackmore Vale. In 2017, the Dorset branch of Butterfly Conservation received a retrospective report of three of these iconic butterflies feasting on a deer carcase and several years ago another record was sent in. Unfortunately these reports were not followed up but we would like to survey the area to see whether this elusive and charismatic species can be confirmed here. The area is also likely to be full of Silver-washed Fritillaries, Hairstreaks and possibly White Admirals, The habitat is certainly suitable as there are plenty of oaks and a few goat willows. We will be meeting for a 10.00 am start on the sharp bend in the track to Smetherd Farm at map reference ST 747 104 – see this Google map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1Ch46s_cm1srh8j632yUToFEMqR9Smd_D&ll=50.896221857341615%2C-2.3586058999999295&z=15 Please wear thorn-proof and tick-proof clothing. Bring plenty to drink as well as a picnic lunch as we will out until about 2.00 pm. Binoculars will be very useful for identification. Contact is Nigel Spring on 07981 776767 or email nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk

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

Meeting point: Track by Smetherd Farm
Grid ref.: ST747104  

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Sunday 7 July

Guided Walk - Mistleberry and Garston Woods  

Sixpenny Handley

We are heading towards Garston Wood, where the Purple Emperor was seen last year, to look for woodland butterflies along the rides recently enhanced by the RSPB’s management. After lunch, we will return via a brief visit to the eastern end of Chase Woods. We will be out until about 3.30 pm so bring lunch and plenty to drink.

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

Meeting point: Meet at 11.00 am at Shermel Gate, map reference ST 989 192. North of Sixpenny Handley, turn onto Dean Lane, signposted to Deanland and Newtown and continue until the road ends. This road is narrow in places so should be followed with caution.
Grid ref.: ST989192  

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Sunday 7 July

Moth Trapping - Chettle House  

Chettle, near Blandford

Courtesy of Mr and Mrs Sweet-Escott We have been invited by the owners to set up moth traps on the night of July 6th to assess the moth fauna of the land round Chettle House. Members of Butterfly Conservation and the Dorset Moth group are welcome to join in the opening of the light traps and analysis of the catch from 9.00 am on the Sunday morning. Anyone who would like to bring a trap and spend the Saturday evening there (there are also facilities to camp overnight) should contact Nigel Spring 07981 776767 or by email nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk

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

Meeting point: Chettle House
Grid ref.: ST951132  

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Friday 12 July - Saturday 13 July

Moth Trap and Guided Walks - Ryewater Nursery  

Bishops Down, near Sherborne

The Dorset branch of BC has been invited back to Ryewater for a weekend of mothing and butterfly walks on this fascinating and inspiring estate. We will be setting up moth traps in a number of different places on the Friday evening – meet at 7.30 pm and bring a tent if you would like to stay overnight. Map reference for parking and camping in the ‘R field’ is ST 664 108. On the Saturday morning we will be going through the moth traps from 9.00 am. The guided walks to look at the butterflies and other wildlife will start at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. There will also be access to the greenhouses to see the tropical butterfly collection. The guided walks are restricted to members of Butterfly Conservation and their guests. Please bring a packed lunch - and other food if you intend to camp.

Contact: Wren Franklin   Phone: 07776 100613

Meeting point: Parking and camping in 'R' Field
Grid ref.: ST664108  

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Sunday 14 July

Open Day at Two Nature Sites in Sherborne  

Sherborne

The Quarr is Sherborne’s local nature reserve, an area of young woodland, scrub and grassland off the Bristol Road. The Terrace Meadow is a fascinating patch of limestone grassland adjacent to Sherborne’s Terrace Playing Fields sports facilities. It is of particular interest as the soil is unusual for the area, and supports flowers (including orchids), butterflies and other species not generally seen in the locality. Join us for one or both guided walks, with flower and insect identification sessions. We will meet on the Quarr at 11.00 am and at the Terrace Meadows SNCI at 2.00 pm. Tea will be available afterwards.

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

Meeting point: For the Quarr, meet at the entrance by the Carpenters Arms pub off the Bristol Road at map ref ST637174. For the Terrace Meadows, park in the Terrace Playing Fields Car Park (map reference ST 641156), signposted off the A352 just south of Sherborne and follow the footpath back towards the town through the patch of newly planted trees and up a few steps (map reference ST 637156).

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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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: DT10 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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