Events

You can brush up your identification skills, help on a conservation task, see a rare species or just enjoy a beautiful site.

To find an event near you just select your branch area (see In Your Area to find the closest branch to you) and then click the Filter button. You can also refine your selection using the Categories on the left-hand panel.

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Dorset: The Second Great Dorset Butterfly Scramble

Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st July 2016
The Dorset Countryside

Join the Dorset Branch on this weekend of butterfly counting, with participants splitting into teams to see who can see the most species! This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Dorset: Butterfly Identification Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016, 1pm-4pm
Rodwell Trail, Weymouth

Join the Dorset Branch on this butterfly identification walk between Weymouth and Portland. Great for beginners and experts alike! This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Dorset: A Day On Portland

Sunday 7th August 2016, 2pm-3.30pm
Perryfields Butterfly Reserve

If you don't have time to join the Dorset Branch in the morning at Tout Quarry (11am), you can join them in the afternoon (2pm) at their Perryfields Butterfly Reserve. The target species of butterflies will be the Silver-studded Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Lulworth Skipper and the cretaceous form of Grayling. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Silver-studded Blue

Dorset: A Day On Portland

Sunday 7th August 2016, 11am-3.30pm
Portland Quarries

Join the Dorset Branch in exploring two of Portland's quarries, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The target species of butterflies will be the Silver-studded Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Lulworth Skipper and the cretaceous form of Grayling. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Brown Hairstreak

Dorset And Wiltshire: Guided Walk - Alners Gorse

Saturday 13th August 2016, 11am-2pm
Alners Gorse Reserve, near Hazelbury Bryan

Join the Dorset and Wiltshire branches on this great opportunity to see the elusive Brown Hairstreak at the Dorset Branch's Alner's Gorse reserve. We also hope to see Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary and other summer woodland butterflies.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Dorset And Wiltshire: Guided Walk - Martin Down

Sunday 14th August 2016, 11am-4pm
Martin Down, Hants/Dorset Border

Join the Dorset and Wiltshire Branches for a guided walk over superb chalk grassland habitat. Martin Down National Nature Reserve (NNR) is worth a visit at any time during the butterfly season. We hope to see Silver-spotted Skipper, Chalk Hill Blue and, hopefully, second-brood Adonis Blue butterflies.

Adonis Blue

Dorset: The Butterflies Of Lulworth

Wednesday 17th August 2016, 11.00am-1.00pm
Bindon Hill, Lulworth, Purbeck

Join the Dorset Branch on this guided walk with fine views, targeting the Adonis Blue butterfly.

Grayling

Dorset: Upton Heath Moths and Butterflies

Friday 19th August 2016, 9.00am-1.00pm
Upton Heath near Poole

Join the Dorset Branch and Dorset Wildlife Trust at 9am for an inspection of the overnight moth trap, followed at 11am by a butterfly walk looking for Grayling butterflies and other wildlife.

Adonis Blue

Dorset: Butterfly Walk on Ballard Down

Sunday 21st August 2016, 11am-2pm
Swanage

Join the Dorset Branch and Dorset Wildlife Trust on a visit to enjoy the butterflies of Ballard Down and the fine views.

Wall

Dorset: Guided Walk At Osmington

Thursday 25th August 2016, 11am-3.30pm
Osmington, east Of Weymouth

Enjoy a leisurely coastal downland and country lane walk with the Dorset branch. We shall be looking for at least 15 species of butterfly, including Adonis Blue and Wall.

Woodland

Dorset: The Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th August 2016
Stock Gaylard Park, south-east of Sherborne

Come and find the Dorset Branch stall at this 2-day fair, which is all about woodcraft, timber, conservation and the countryside . We will be on Conservation Row with a display of butterflies and moths, children’s activities and sales.

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Dorset: Dorset County Show

Sunday 4th September 2016
Dorchester Showground, north-east Dorchester

Come and find the Dorset Branch on Sunday at this busy show in the Bee Tent at the top of the field (look for the large BEES sign on top of the tent). We will have an Information and Display Stall and children’s activities, live moths and sales.

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Dorset: Conservation Work Day

Sunday 18th September 2016, 10am-4pm
Alners Gorse Reserve, near Sturminster Newton

Join this Dorset Branch work party at our Alners Gorse reserve; we shall continue with the woodland and scrub management work, along with a bonfire lunch break, complete with baked potatoes and hot drinks!

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Dorest: Conservation Action Day

Sunday 2nd October 2016, 10am-4pm
Lankham Bottom Reserve, Near Maiden Newton

Join volunteers from the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation to help maintain this important chalk downland reserve. The work includes gorse and scrub clearance.

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Dorset: Conservation Work Party

Sunday 2nd October 2016, 10.00am-3.30pm
Lydlinch, North Dorset

Join the Dorset Branch on a work party at this very important site for the internationally scarce Marsh Fritillary butterfly. Conservation work is vital to ensure that the habitat is kept suitable for its survival at this site.