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Abbotsbury and the FleetSatellite View
Good recent record with rare birds of all kinds. Good public access along paths on north shore. Abbotsbury can be viewed distantly from public roads, a full visit is better but fee payable at the Swannery. Worthwhile at any time though August to May best.
Christchurch HarbourSatellite View
Excellent variety of habitats in small area. May not look much on the map but outstanding record of quality rarities speaks for itself. Best during migration. Much disturbance in mid-summer. Early morning on Hengistbury Head with remainder of day around Wick Hams, Stanpit Marsh and Priory Pools. Notice-board at Stanpit with recent information.
Hartland MoorSatellite View
Often missed by birders speeding down to Arne this delightful old heath, with some heathland reclamation projects being carried out on it, is a great place for the typical species of lowland heath; Dartford warblers, nightjars, and hobby making any summer evening magical.
Lodmoor ReserveSatellite View
With bearded tits, vagrant waders and gulls and Cetti's warblers etc.. The latest bird information is available from Portland Bird Observatory or Radipole RSPB shop.
Poole HarbourSatellite View
Huge area with lots of possibilities. Most popular sites are Studland (winter); Arne (all year); Brownsea Island (access from Easter until October); Holes Bay (a must during a freeze); Wareham area (Autumn through Spring). Most of these will give a days birding on their own but it is usual to combine 2 or 3. A day list of over 100 is a reasonable prospect in spring or autumn. Information available from County Recorder.
Portland and WeymouthSatellite View
National favourite, worthwhile at any time of year. Area can easily be covered in a day.
Purbeck CoastSatellite View
Primarily during migration. An excellent rarity pedigree. Main sites are Durlston Head, Winspit and St Aldhelm's Head and most recently Osmington Mills. Though any of the coast from Swanage to Weymouth can be rewarding. Most sites can be covered in under half a day. Primarily searching for migrant passerines which can be present in large numbers (esp in autumn). Sea watching also available though not so reliable as at Portland. Durlston Country Park centre has nature diary with recent sightings.
Radipole RSPB ReserveSatellite View
With bearded tits, vagrant waders and gulls and Cetti's warblers etc. The latest information on sightings can be had from Radipole RSPB shop.
Number of bird species: 417
County Bird - Hoopoe Upupa epops
Bird Song from a Dorset Wood and Heathland Garden CDJohn Hammick - Mandarin Productions 2004
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Coastal Birds and Marine Mammals of Mid DorsetRichard White and Andrew Webb 48 pages, b/w photos, line illus, tabs, figs. Joint Nature Conservation Committee Distributed by NHBS 1995
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Coastal Birds of East DorsetS.J. Aspinall, M.L. Tasker Paperback - 48 pages (1990) Joint Nature Conservation Committee
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Rare Birds in DorsetEdited by Stephen Morrison 192 pages, 55 distribution maps, 157 graphs. 1998
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The Birds of Dorsetby George Green Published by Christopher Helm 2004 ?40
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Where to Watch birds in Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of WightBy Dr G. Green and M. Cade (Helm) 2010 4th Edition
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Bournemouth Natural Science SocietyWebsite
Ornithology - This Section promotes the Objects of the Society through lectures and field meetings, and the availability for study of Museum specimens and Ornithological books and magazines....
Christchurch Harbour Ornithological GroupWebsite
CHOG watches and records the birds of Christchurch Harbour, which is situated on the south coast of England and includes the well known birdwatching areas of Hengistbury Head and Stanpit Marsh. Despite covering an area of only 9 square kilometers, over 300 species of bird have occurred in the harbour.
Dorset Bird ClubWebsite
Contact Diana Dyer, The Cedars, 3 Osmay Road, Swanage, Dorset. By phone on 01929 421402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - Chairman - Neil Gartshore email@example.com - The Dorset Bird Club is a membership based club financed, and run, by its membership. Please look around the site - if you are not a member, and are interested in Dorset's birds, then why not consider joining....
Dorset Environmental Records CentreWebsite
Dorset Environmental Records Centre was established in 1976 as an independent organisation to collate information on all of Dorset's wildlife. It provides an opportunity for local naturalists and conservation organisations to work together....
Dorset Wildlife TrustWebsite
The Trust's main activity is to acquire and manage nature reserves for the benefit of the wildlife of Dorset. We have 40 established reserves, ranging from a tiny island in the river Stour to our most recent acquisition, Upton Heath...
This reserve is open to disabled users and has specially designed facilities - as far as we know it is the only such facility in the UK
RSPB New Forest Local GroupWebsite
We are an active local RSPB group covering the whole of the New Forest and neighbouring areas in Hampshire & Dorset. We have an extensive programme of walks throughout the year, plus monthly meetings ( 2nd Wednesday each month) in Lyndhurst Village Hall. Members and non-members welcome...
Portland Bird Observatory and Field CentreObservatory
Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre, situated at the Old Lower Light, Portland Bill, in the county of Dorset on the south coast of England, was established in 1961 to provide a focal point and accommodation for naturalists, particularly birdwatchers, visiting Portland. The origins of the Observatory date from the pioneering work by Dr Ken Rooke and friends who began studying bird migration at the Bill in 1951.
Warden: Martin Cade, Old Lower Light, Portland, Dorset DT5 2JT 01305 820533 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorset County Museumhttp://www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/natural_history
The focus of this collection is plants and animals from within the boundaries of Dorset, including insects, birds, molluscs, marine invertebrates and plants, and much more. Included are a collection of 5,000 native herbs, as well as bird specimens collected by local resident Alfred Wallace, a contemporary of Charles Darwin, on his travels around the world...
This nature reserve of international importance supports a wealth of wildlife. Sedge and reed warblers, heron, great crested grebe and diving and dabbling ducks frequent this wetland habitat. Because of the proximity to the sea Abbotsbury also has little and common terns, shelduck, cormorant, and ringed plover. There is also the chance to see more unusual species.
The lagoon was reclaimed from the harbour in the 1850s to create farmland, but neglect of the sea wall and wind pumps led to its becoming a non-tidal wetland, which attracts a variety of birds whose legs and beaks fit them for feeding in brackish water and on mudflats. It is a habitat of national importance, providing a vital refuge for waders, especially when the tide is high and the mud flats around Poole harbour are covered.
Durlston Country Park & National Nature ReserveWebsite
Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology and fascinating wildlife there is always something different to see...
RSPB Reserve - ArneWebsite
Arne is the place to see heathland wildlife including Dartford warblers and nightjars. All six species of reptiles found in the UK live here: adders, grass snakes, smooth snakes, sand lizards, common lizards and slow worms. There are also 22 species of dragonflies...
RSPB Reserve - Garston WoodWebsite
This ancient coppiced wood is especially worth visiting in spring, when there is a breathtaking carpet of bluebells, wood anemones and primroses. You can see many woodland birds, including turtle doves...
RSPB Reserve - LodmoorWebsite
This reserve has a grazing marsh with ditches, shallow pools, reedbed and bushes. You can see bearded tits and Cetti's warblers all year and there is one of the largest breeding colonies of common terns in the south-west...
RSPB Reserve - Radipole LakeWebsite
Radipole Lake, an R.S.P.B. reserve of national repute, is found in the centre of the seaside town of Weymouth. Its location lends itself to easy access by either public transport or private car. It is within 5 minutes walk of the Weymouth railway station.
1998 [July] - Helen BainesReport
It was also fairly quiet birdwise, but we saw an average of 21 species per outing, giving us a total of 91 species for the trip, which included 33 lifers.
2010 [June] - David & Amanda MasonReport
...As we had not seen Dartford Warbler in this country since 1994 and had never previously seen Cirl Bunting in the UK, we decided to spend a few days in Dorset and Devon with two specific birding targets in mind...
2011 [May] - Tony Jones - Brownsea IslandReport
I know Red Squirrels can't fly, so I suppose that officially they aren't birds, but seeing one in England would be a 'tick' for both Penny & me, so during our holiday in Dorset we planned a visit to Brownsea Island, nestling snugly in Poole Harbour. I thought there must also be a fair chance of some birds, as I remember Bill Oddie including it in one of his birding programmes...
Locally based international tour operator - Birdfinders, Westbank, Cheselbourne, Dorset, DT2 7NW, United Kingdom Telephone: +44 (0)1258 839066 Fax: +44 (0)1258 837449 Mobile: 07050 602473
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Dorset Birding and Wildlife ExperienceTour Operator
This site outlines what the Dorset Birding and Wildlife Experience has to offer. We will take a flexible approach to your enquiry, so if you don't see exactly what you are looking for please contact us to discuss your requirements...
Poole Harbour BirdboatsTour Operator
There's no better place to see birds on the water than Poole Harbour and the beautiful Purbeck coast...
Swallow BirdingTour Operator
On Swallow Birding trips we are enthusiastic, relaxed, friendly and fun. Small groups mean Leader Steve Grimwade can give the time and attention necessary to make your trip a great birding experience!
Two Owls BirdingTour Operator
...we offer guided birdwatching half-day, full-day trips and courses in the Dorset, New Forest and West Hampshire area plus birding weekends in the UK...
A Great Escape Guest HouseAccommodation
A Great Escape offers a high level of accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, flat screen televisions with FreeView, fridges, safes, hairdryers, and refreshment making facilities. We also include a full English breakfast using locally sourced produce...
Dorset Accommodation for birdwatchersAccommodation
...empowering and resourcing people, particularly carers and those with disabilities, through creativity, environmental awareness, personal and spiritual growth.
Knoll House, The (Studland)Accommodation
To the north and west are nature trails and bird-watching reserves. Projecting out into the Channel, as we do, is a guarantee of better weather than on the mainland. We have our own micro-climate in Studland. The grounds extend to about 100 acres and include eight acres of Spring gardens at Studland Bay House which contain some rare and interesting species.
Luckford Wood HouseAccommodation
Visit the many Nature Reserves and enjoy watching the many species of birds, lizards, butterflies, and dragon flies. Marvel at the beauty of the rare wild orchids, or try to spot the majestic sika stags and hinds before they spot you. Marvel at the migrating Canadian Geese on their way to their feeding grounds and back.
Old Coastguards - AbbotsburyAccommodation
Standing away from it all in a simply stunning position overlooking the magnificent Chesil Beach and Lyme Bay. Large gardens just yards from one of the finest fishing beaches in the country with farmland and hills rising behind to nearly 700 feet. Outstanding and ever changing views. Superb opportunities for walking, bird watching, studying wild flora, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, beach-combing, kite-flying or just reading and relaxing within sound of the sea.
Sea Barn Farm Camping Park - WeymouthAccommodation
The Park is part of a family farm bordering the fleet nature reserve...
Top Parts B&BAccommodation
Top Parts is set on high ground at the head of the Bride Valley just two miles from the village of Abbotsbury and the World Heritage Coast at Chesil Bank…
Joe Cockram - Joe's Birding BlogBlog
Somerset Blogger’s tales of twitching, photo-jaunts in Somerset, and overseas…
Birding the NotheWebsite
Join me in my birding on The Nothe, a small town park in Weymouth, Dorset, Southern England. In itself, the park is unremarkable, with the usual collection of lawns, shrubberies and car park. But its location, on a peninsula of land jutting out into sheltered Weymouth Bay, makes it a great place for birding, with a remarkable variety of species noted here and in the surrounding waters. I’ve been counting birds here since 1981, and there are other records going back to the fifties. At present in this site you can.
Dorset Wildlife RescueWebsite
The Wildlife Rescue is a voluntary organisation based in Ferndown, East Dorset. You can contact them if you come across sick, injured or orphaned birds, for help and advice.
UNESCO awarded Natural World Heritage Status to the coast of Dorset & East Devon in December 2001 in recognition of its unique pedigree which spans 185 million years. Please use this website to explore what the 95-mile coast and its countryside offer you as a visitor...
Information on a number of Dprset reserves including Arne.
The Bird Food ShopWebsite
Welcome to The Bird Food Shop web site the definitive answer to the easy on-line purchase of bird foods and feeders. We offer a range of wild bird foods and caged bird foods at competitive prices for collection or delivery by the Post Office. The Bird Food Shop is an integral part of Root & Vine, which is a long-established Fruit & Vegetable business situated in the Market Square of Sturminster Newton, Dorset in the very heart of the West Country.
The Rambling BirderWebsite
Homnepage of a Dorset birder - Ken Tucker, with photos, trip reports etc...
Gallery - RMG Wildlife ImagesGallery
Cards, Images, Vidoes etc. from this two man team...
Photographer - Bob FordGallery
There are some very nice landscapes and a portfolio of birds.
Photographer - David Boag - Natural FocusGallery
The first acceptable photograph David took was of a Kingfisher in the early-70`s and this led him into a seven year photographic study of the species. David Boag has a very professional website and he certainly takes some stunning photographs.
Photographer - David NicholsGallery
Wonderful Photographs from all over the world - Fatbirder recommended.
Photographer - Guy EdwardesGallery
Some really first class images from this Dorset-based photographer...
Photographer - Mike MocklerGallery
Mike Mockler is an award-winning wildlife photographer with many published photographs to his name. His photographs have been used in countless books and magazines around the world, including the front covers. He is a past winner of the “Dusk to Dawn” category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious photography competition. He has also won several highly commended awards in that competition...
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