Events diary

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

Friday 3 March

Butterfly Trends in East Dorset  


All are welcome to this presentation on the trends in butterfly numbers revealed by the monitoring in east Dorset surveys in 2016 including casual, website, garden and Regional Action Plans (RAP). Walks covered are those at Avon Heath, Badbury Rings, Garston Wood, Hengistbury Head, Kinson Common, Moors Valley, Mude Valley, Pamphill Moor, Sopley Common, Sovell Down, Stanpit, Stour Valley, Upton Heath and Wimborne St. Giles and also the Wider Countryside walks.

Meeting point: 7.30pm. St. Catherine's Church Hall on the corner of Leigh Road and Lewens Lane, Wimborne.
Map: BH21 1LE

Contact: Bill Shreeves   Phone: 01747 852587

Sunday 5 March

Conservation Action Day  

Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve

We continue the woodland and scrub management work. There will be a bonfire with hot drinks and cakes. Do join us if you can between 10.00 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

Thursday 9 March

Butterfly Trends in South Dorset  


All are welcome to attend this presentation of the results of the south Dorset Transect and Regional Action Plan (RAP) surveys, Wider Countryside project, casual, website and garden records in 2016 and the resulting trends in butterfly numbers. Please come along if you might also be interested in 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.

Meeting point: 7.30pm. Methodist Hall, North Street, Wareham, BH20 4AB.
Map: BH20 4A

Contact: Jon Bellamy   Phone: 01929 450182

Friday 10 March

Volunteer Work Party  

Tidmoor (Chickerell Firing Ranges)

Butterfly Conservation and EuCAN volunteers are invited to join in this venture to help to improve the grassland at Tidmoor particularly for butterflies and threatened moth species. Access details and times have still to be worked out but please put this date in your diary and let me know if you are available

Contact: Nigel Spring   Phone: 01963 23559
Email: 07981 776767

Tuesday 14 March

Dorset Butterflies and Their Relationship with Their Environment  

Hamworthy, Poole

A joint event with the Dorset Wildlife Trust Poole Group, this is an illustrated talk by Mark Spencer.

Meeting point: 7.30 pm at Carter Community School, Blandford Close, Hamworthy, Poole.
Map: BH15 4BQ

Contact: Ken Yeates (DWT)   Phone: 01202 674998
Email: .uk

Friday 17 March

Butterfly Trends in North Dorset  

East Stour, near Gillingham

All are welcome to hear reports on 2016 recording, casual, website, Wider Countryside and garden records and plans for the 2017 campaign. Please come along if you are interested or wish to help on any of the Regional Action Plan (RAP) surveys 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. 7.30 pm at East Stour Village Hall, map reference ST 804234 and the postcode SP8 5JY.

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.
Map: SP8 5JY

Contact: Bill Shreeves   Phone: 01747 852587

Sunday 26 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

Meeting point: 10.00 am. Park in the lay-by just outside the village on the Sherborne to Sturminster road.
Map: ST737137

Contact: Colin Burningham   Phone: 01935 873219 or 07849 921594