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: Guided Walk - Weymouth Relief Road

Sunday 14th May 2017, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Weymouth

Join the Dorset Branch on a visit to newly created chalk downland habitat just north of Weymouth, where more than 20 species of butterfly have already been recorded...

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Dorset: Butterfly Survey of Hod Hill

Wednesday 17th May 2017, 1.30pm-4pm
Hod Hill, Hanford, Blandford Forum

Survey of ancient earthworks: the Dorset Branch, in conjunction with the National Trust, is looking for volunteers to help carry out a thorough survey of the top of Hod Hill near Blandford Forum to assess the population of the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly there. Identification training will be given...

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Dorset: Meadow Wildlife Survey

Friday 19th May 2017, 11.00am-2.00pm
Charminster Community Meadow, Near Dorchester

Join the Dorset Branch on this survey of butterflies, flora and other wildlife on a small field on the edge of the Cerne River on the northern side of Charminster (near Dorchester). This field has been purchased for the local community and is being managed to enhance the wildlife habitats...

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Dorset: Spring At Alners Gorse

Saturday 20th 8pm to Sunday 21st May 2017, 1pm
Alners Gorse Reserve, north-west of Bladford Forum

Join the Dorset Branch in celebrating spring moths, the Dawn Chorus and butterflies at our Alners Gorse reserve in north Dorset...

Adonis Blue

Dorset: Guided Walk - Ballard Down

Sunday 21st May 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Ballard Down, Swanage, Purbeck

Join the Dorset Branch on a walk along the lower slopes of Ballard Down to enjoy this chalk downland site with its stunning views and the spring flowers...

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Dorset: Guided Walk - Cashmoor Down

Thursday 25th May 2017, 1.00pm-3.30pm
Cashmoor, north-east of Blandford

Join the Dorset Branch near Blandford on a guided walk to see spring butterflies...

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Dorset: Open Weekend On Lankham Bottom Reserve

Sunday 28th May 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Lankham Bottom Reserve, Cattistock, north-west of Dorchester

Join the Dorset Branch for guided walks at Lankham Bottom, our downland reserve near Cattistock...

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Dorset: Exploratory Walk On Hambledon Hill

Wednesday 31st May 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Hambledon Hill, Child Okeford, north-west of Blandford Forum

Join the Dorset Branch on a guided walk on Hambledon Hill near Blandford Forum...

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Wiltshire And Dorset: Guided Walk

Saturday 3rd June 2017, 11.00am-3.30pm
Stratford Tony Down, south-west of Salisbury

Join the Wiltshire and Dorset Branches on this survey of chalk grassland at Stratford Tony Down in south Wiltshire...

Duke of Burgundy

Dorset & Somerset Branch: Guided Walk - Cerne Giant Hill

Sunday 4th June 2017, 11.00am-3.30pm
Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset

The Somerset and Bristol Branch are joining the Dorset Branch for this guided walk over rich chalk downland, where colonies of Duke of Burgundy, Adonis Blue and Marsh Fritillary butterflies can be found...

Large Blue

Somerset & Dorset Branch: Guided Walk For Large Blue

Saturday 17th June 2017: 11.30am
Green Down, Somerset

The Dorset Branch are joining up with the Somerset Branch for this visit to a Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve and one of the key introduction sites for Large Blue. As well as Large Blues, we may see Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Ringlet...

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Dorset: Open Day At Sherborne Nature Reserve

Sunday 25th June 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Sherborne, Quarr LNR And Terrace Meadows SNCI

The Quarr is Sherborne’s local nature reserve, an area of young woodland, scrub and grassland off the Bristol Road, which supports flowers (including orchids), butterflies and other species...

Lulworth Skipper

Dorset: The Butterflies Of Lulworth

Wednesday 5th July 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Bindon Hill, Lulworth

Guided walk with fine views over Lulworth Cove and a chance to see the Lulworth Skipper and a number of other species...

White Admiral

Dorset And Wiltshire Branches: Guided Walk - Chase Woods

Sunday 9th July 2017, 11.00am-3.30pm
Rushmore Estate, Between Sixpenny Handley And Tollard Royal

This guided walk through ancient woodland is a joint event between the Dorset and Wiltshire Branches. A chance to see Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral butterflies...

Lulworth Skipper

Dorset: The Butterflies Of Lulworth

Wednesday 12th July 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Bindon Hill, Lulworth, Purbeck

Join the Dorset Branch on this guided walk with fine views, targeting the Lulworth Skipper butterfly.

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Dorset: Guided Walk - Piddles Wood

Saturday 15th July 2017, 1.00pm-3.30pm
south of Sturminster Newton

Join the Dorset Branch on our first visit in some time to this ancient woodland south of Sturminster Newton, traditionally a good site for White Admiral and other woodland species...

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Dorset: Guided Walk At Durlston NNR

Sunday 16th July 2017, 10.30am-1.00pm
Durlston Country Park, near Swanage

Join the Dorset Branch on this guided walk through rich butterfly habitat with stunning views. It's also a chance to take part in the Big Butterfly Count!

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Dorset: Guided Walk - Stonedown Wood

Saturday 22nd July 2017, 11.00am-3.30pm
Near Sixpenny Handley

Join the Dorset and Wiltshire Branches on this guided walk - an ideal event for beginners wanting to learn about identifying butterflies.

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Dorset: The Third Great Dorset Butterfly Scramble

Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd July 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
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: Guided Walk - Alners Gorse Reserve

Saturday 5th August 2017, 11.00am-3.30pm
Alners Gorse Reserve, Near Hazelbury Bryan

Join the Dorset branch 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.

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Dorset: Butterfly Identification Walk

Sunday 6th August 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
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.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Dorset: Guided Walk On Martin Down

Sunday 13th August 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Martin Down On Dorset/Hampshire Border

Join the Dorset Branch for a search for downland species on the National Nature Reserve including Silver-spotted Skipper, Chalk Hill Blue and hopefully Adonis Blue...

Grayling

Dorset: Upton Heath Moths and Butterflies

Friday 18th August 2017, 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.

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Dorset: Guided Walk - Weymouth Relief Road

Saturday 19th August 2017, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Weymouth, DT3

Join us on this visit to some newly created chalk downland habitat, where more than 20 species of butterfly have already been recorded...