Events

We hold monthly indoor meetings between September and April (except December) in The Cerne Abbas Room of the United Church Dorchester, 49 - 51 Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. Meetings are usually on the fourth Thursday of the month ,doors open at 7.15pm and run to about 9.00pm. A modest entrance fee is charged to cover costs of speakers and the hall (Currently £3.00 for members and £4.00 for visitors). There are car parks nearby.

We hold field trips between September and June. Members are encouraged to car-share where possible, although public transport may be used for some local trips. Do not worry if you are new to birdwatching as there is always an experienced leader for the field trips and plenty of people who love to share their knowledge! It is a fantastic way to learn about birds.

Field trips start at the advertised time and are all day unless otherwise stated. Please bring food and drink if you require refreshment and make sure to wear/bring suitable clothing and footwear.
In the event of adverse weather conditions please check before setting out that the meeting is going ahead, to avoid unnecessary travel. We aim to advise cancellations on this web site.

Contact for field trips only - Malcolm Dowty on 01308 423151

September 2021

Thu
23

AGM followed by a talk by Margaret Wellspring 'Baltic Birding - Latvia and Lithuania'

Location: The Cerne Abbas Room of the United Church Dorchester, 49 - 51 Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE.

Car Parking available in Ackland Road Car Park close by.

(NB Note new venue and time)


Postcode: DT1 1EE (Google map)

The RSPB South Dorset groups' AGM followed by a talk by Margaret Wellspring entitled 'Baltic Birding - Latvia and Lithuania'

Time: Doors open 7.15pm, ends at 9.00pm

Price: Group Members £3.00 Visitors £4.00 to include tea/coffee

October 2021

Wed
13

Field Trip to the Seaton Wetlands, Devon

Location: Meet at car park accessed through the Seaton Cemetery SY248915. Toilets available on site.
Latitude/longitude: 50.718699,-3.065898 (Google map)

We will visit Black Hole Marsh and other sites along the Axe estuary which form the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve.
NOTE: This trip is morning only.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Thu
28

A talk by Robin Morrison on Wildlife photography in the south west of England

Location: The Cerne Abbas Room of the United Church Dorchester, 49 - 51 Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE.

Car Parking available in Ackland Road Car Park close by.

(NB Note new venue and time)
Postcode: DT1 1EE (Google map)

A talk by Robin Morrison on Wildlife photography in the south west of England

Time: Doors open 7.15pm, ends at 9.00pm

Price: Group Members £3.00, Visitors £4.00 to include tea/coffee

November 2021

Tue
2

Field Trip to RSPB Bowling Green, Devon

Location: Meet at Darts Farm, Topsham EX3 0QH SX976883. Toilets and shops available at Darts Farm, including an RSPB shop.
Latitude/longitude: 50.685651,-3.448243 (Google map)

A morning walk to the RSPB reserves at Goosemoor and Bowling Green Marsh.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Thu
25

'The East coast of Australia - birds, wildlife and scenery'- a talk by Richard Collier

Location: The Cerne Abbas Room of the United Church Dorchester, 49 - 51 Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE.

Car Parking available in Ackland Road Car Park close by.

(NB Note new venue and time)

Postcode: DT1 1EE (Google map)

Local member Richard Collier will give another of his popular illustrated talks, this time about his travels to the East coast of Australia.

Time: Doors open 7.15pm, ends at 9.00pm

Price: Group Members £3.00 Visitors £4.00 to include tea/coffee

Thu
25

Field trip to RSPB Lytchett Fields

Location: Meet in the car park near to the corner of Policeman's Lane and Sandy Lane in Upton, Poole (SY968931)
Latitude/longitude: 50.737952,-2.046004 (Google map)

A morning walk around the RSPB Lytchett Fields reserve. It could be wet underfoot so wellies recommended.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

December 2021

Wed
8

Field Trip to Studland

Location: Meet in Middle Beach Car Park, Studland SZ035828 (There is a charge for non National Trust members).
Latitude/longitude: 50.645326,-1.951153 (Google map)

Starting at Middle Beach before moving on to other sites on the Studland peninsula including Knoll Beach, where there are toilets and a NT shop & café, and Brand's Bay.

Time: 10am

Price: Free

January 2022

Thu
13

Field Trip to Ferrybridge & Portland or Weymouth

Location: Meet at Chesil Beach Visitor Centre car park (charges apply) SY668755. Toilets and refreshments available.
Latitude/longitude: 50.577766,-2.470427 (Google map)

Starting at Ferrybridge, we will either continue to the reserves in Weymouth or move onto Portland - exact locations and duration to be decided on the day depending on weather.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Thu
27

A talk by Tim Downton

Location: The Cerne Abbas Room of the United Church Dorchester, 49 - 51 Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE.

Car Parking available in Ackland Road Car Park close by.



Postcode: DT1 1EE (Google map)

Tim Downton will give an illustrated talk about the local wildlife from Hungary and Romania.

Time: Doors open 7.15pm, ends at 9.00pm

Price: Group Members £3.00, Visitors £4.00 to include tea/coffee

February 2022

Thu
10

Field Trip to Blashford Lakes, Hampshire

Location: Meet in Tern Hide Car Park SU151083. Toilets available in Visitor Centre across the road.
Latitude/longitude: 50.874093,-1.78653 (Google map)

The reserve attracts thousands of wildfowl in winter as well as Bittern and good numbers of woodland birds including Redpoll, Siskin and Brambling.
Donations to Hampshire Wildlife Trust are requested.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Thu
24

A talk by Paul Morton - "Birds of Poole Harbour and Osprey reintroduction project"

Location: The Cerne Abbas Room of the United Church Dorchester, 49 - 51 Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE.

Car Parking available in Ackland Road Car Park close by.

Postcode: DT1 1EE (Google map)

Paul Morton will give a talk entitled "Birds of Poole Harbour and Osprey reintroduction project".

Time: Doors open 7.15pm, ends at 9.00pm

Price: Group Members £3.00, Visitors £4.00 to include tea/coffee

March 2022

Wed
9

Field Trip to Hengistbury Head

Location: Meet at the main car park (charges apply) near the Visitors Centre at SZ163910.Toilets and refreshments available.
Latitude/longitude: 50.7188499793337,-1.769761013 (Google map)

Field trip to Hengistbury Head.
Morning only.

Time: 10am

Price: Free

Thu
24

Field Trip to Wareham Forest

Location: Meet at Sherford Bridge lay-by SY 919925
Latitude/longitude: 50.733264,-2.115299 (Google map)

A walk around parts of Wareham Forest, including the Morden Bog area.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

April 2022

Wed
6

Field trip to Portland Bill

Location: Meet at the Portland Bill car park SY677684 (Charges apply). Toilets available.
Latitude/longitude: 50.514944,-2.456219 (Google map)

A walk around Portland Bill, to include some sea watching and visiting the bird observatory.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Tue
26

Field trip to Cogden Beach - Near Burton Bradstock

Location: Meet in NT car park for Cogden Beach SY502885. (There is a charge for non NT members). No facilities.
Latitude/longitude: 50.694828,-2.706032 (Google map)

Looking for early migrants.
NOTE: Morning only.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Thu
28

Annual General Meeting followed by members' evening.

Location: The Cerne Abbas Room of the United Church Dorchester, 49 - 51 Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE.

Car Parking available in Ackland Road Car Park close by.

Postcode: DT1 1EE (Google map)

The RSPB South Dorset groups' AGM followed by members' own short talks.

Time: Doors open 7.15pm, ends at 9.00pm

Price: Group Members £3.00 Visitors £4.00 to include tea/coffee

May 2022

Thu
12

Field trip to Somerset Levels

Location: Meet in the RSPB car park at Ashcott Corner ST449395. Toilets and teas/coffee available. (There is a car park charge for non RSPB members).
Latitude/longitude: 51.152546,-2.788473 (Google map)

We will visit the both Sharpwick Heath NNR and RSPB Ham Wall Reserve. If time we will call at the RSPB Greylake reserve later in the day.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Tue
24

Field Trip to Middlebere and Arne

Location: Meet on roadside at end of track leading to NT cottages SY963853.

Filed trip to Middlebere in the morning later moving to RSPB Arne (toilets and refreshments available at centre). Car park charge at Arne for non-RSPB members.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

June 2022

Wed
8

Field trip to Martin Down (near Salisbury)

Location: Meet at Martin Down reserve car park off the A354 at SU037200. No facilities.
Latitude/longitude: 50.979811,-1.949292 (Google map)

A walk around the Martin Down NNR to look for migrants birds, flowers and butterflies.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Thu
16

Evening visit to Hardy's Monument

Location: Meet at the small car park, which is about 500m east of Hardy's Monument, on the minor road between Martinstown and Portesham (SY615877).
Latitude/longitude: 50.688123,-2.545666 (Google map)

An evening outing to look for Nightjars. This is particularly weather dependent so please look on this website beforehand to check that the trip is going ahead.

Time: 9.00 pm

Price: Free