Dorset Walks

2015 Programme of wildlife walks with Bob Ford



All walks are for 90 minutes over a distance of 1 - 2 miles and, apart from the Birdbreak Weekends, cost £4.00 - no booking required.
Click on the map reference to see a map showing each starting point


These walks are likely to change at short notice - so please check this web site before you leave!
For more information or telephone 01305 750118 or 07980 967473



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walks to come in 2015:

Monday September 7th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Dorchester Water Meadows

Meet at the junction of Eddison Avenue and St Georges Road
map reference SY704903 (see map)
Friday September 11th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday September 14th
NO WALK

Friday September 18th - Sunday September 20th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday September 21st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Rodden Hive

Meet at the layby just west of Langton Herring on the Rodden road,
map reference SY610827 (see map)

Please note that if the layby is full you will need to park in the village and walk down.
Monday September 28th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Beachcombing walk on Weymouth Beach

Meet at the Pavilion car park,
map reference SY683788 (see map)

Monday October 5th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Yellowham Wood

Meet at the layby on Yellowham Hill, a minor road parallel with the A35 between Dorchester and Puddletown,
map reference SY730933 (see map)
.
Friday October 9th - Sunday October 11th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday October 12th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Portland Bill

Meet in the Bill car park near the lighthouse at
map reference SY677685 (see map)

Monday October 19th 3.30 - 5.00 pm
Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth

Meet at the reserve car park, near the visitor centre,
map reference SY675796 (see map)

Monday October 19th - Thursday October 22nd
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities

A 3-day break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland, (see map)
Please book with The Travelling Naturalist, Dorchester.
Monday October 26th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Beachcombing walk on Weymouth Beach

Meet at the Pavilion car park,
map reference SY683788 (see map)

Monday November 2nd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Redcliff

Meet at the eastern end of Bowleaze Coveway,
map reference SY706821 (see map)

Friday November 6th - Sunday November 8th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday November 9th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Middlebere Farm

Meet at the start of the track to Middlebere Farm,
map reference SY963853 (see map)

Monday November 30th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Beachcombing walk on Weymouth Beach

Meet at the Pavilion car park,
map reference SY683788 (see map)

Friday December 11th - Sunday December 13th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 14th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Portland Harbour

Meet in the car park on Mulberry Avenue, just west of Portland Castle,
map reference SY684744 (see map)

Monday December 21st 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Maiden Castle

Meet at the English Heritage car park,
map reference SY669889 (see map)
Monday December 28th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Beachcombing walk on Weymouth Beach

Meet at the Pavilion car park,
map reference SY683788 (see map)





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walks that have already taken place:

Friday September 4th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 31st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Turnworth Wood - Okeford Hill
  see trip report
Meet in the car park at the top of the hill six miles north of Winterborne Whitechurch,
map reference ST812093 (see map)
Friday August 28th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 24th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Arne RSPB Reserve, Poole Harbour
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve car park, Arne
map reference SY972878 (see map)

Monday August 17th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Blacknoll Heath, Winfrith
  see trip report
Meet at the pull-in by the reserve entrance,
map reference SY805863 (see map)

Friday August 14th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 10th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Lankham Bottom
  see trip report
Meet in the pull-in on the road linking Cattistock to the A37,
map reference ST606003 (see map)

Friday August 7th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 3rd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Alner's Gorse
  see trip report
Meet in the Butterfly Conservation car park on the north side of the Hazelbury Bryan road, a mile east of King's Stag,
map reference ST737100 (see map)
Friday July 31st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday July 24th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chickerell Downs
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve entrance on Putton Lane, just north of Bennett's Water Gardens,
map reference SY651799 (see map)
.
Friday July 17th - Sunday July 19th
Butterflies & Wild Flowers Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday July 17th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton
  see trip report
Meet in the village near the ford,
map reference SY805895 (see map)
Friday July 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Stoborough Heath NNR
  see trip report
Meet in the reserve car park at Sunnyside Farm on the road to Arne,
map reference SY938863 (see map)
Friday July 3rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday June 29th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Badbury Rings, Wimborne
  see trip report
Park in the National Trust car park,
map reference ST959030 (see map)
Monday June 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Wareham Forest
  see trip report
Meet at the Lockyer's Hill car park, 5 miles north west of Wareham on the Bere Regis Road, map reference SY 873933 (see map)
Friday June 19th - Sunday June 21st
Butterflies & Wild Flowers Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
Monday June 8th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton Gravel Pits
  see trip report
Meet at Redbridge,
map reference SY789884 (see map)

Monday June 1st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Abbotsbury
  see trip report
Meet at the Swannery car park,
map reference SY577846 (see map)

Friday May 29th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday May 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Bere Wood
  see trip report
Meet in Bloxworth near the church,
map reference SY881947 (see map)

Monday May 18th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Powerstock Common
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve car park,
map reference SY547974 (see map)

Friday May 15th - Sunday May 17th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday May 11th 8.00 - 9.30 pm
Ringstead
  see trip report
Meet at the far end of the National Trust car park, map reference
map reference SY759823 (see map)

Monday May 4th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Higher Hyde Heath, Bovington
  see trip report
Meet at reserve car park on the N.E. side of the Puddletown Road, between Bovington & Wareham,
map reference SY854899 (see map)
Saturday April 25th - Monday April 27th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Saturday April 18th 10.30 - 4.00
Durlston Country Park
  see trip report
(WEA day course)

Monday April 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chamberlayne's Heath, Bere Regis
  see trip report
Meet at the car park near the tank training area approx 2 miles south of Bere,
map reference SY844917 (see map)


Friday April 10th - Sunday April 12th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday April 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday April 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Upton Country Park
  see trip report
Meet in the main car park near the toilets,
map reference SY992929 (see map)
Friday April 3rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday March 23rd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Woolsbarrow Hill, Wareham Forest
  see trip report
Meet in car park just north of the national speed limit sign on the east side of the Wareham - Bere Regis road,
map reference SY888917 (see map)

Friday March 20th - Sunday March 22nd
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday March 16th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Blashford Lakes, Ringwood
  see trip report
Meet near the reserve's education centre at
map reference SU151079 (see map)
Monday March 9th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Great Ovens Hill, Sandford
  see trip report
Meet in the car park on the left side of the road from Sandford to Sherford, about 1 mile north of Sandford,
map reference SY923904 (see map)
Monday March 2nd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Penn Weare, Portland
  see trip reports
Meet in the Portland Museum car park, opposite Pennsylvania Castle
map reference SY695712 (see map)

Friday February 27th - Sunday March 1st
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday February 23rd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Cold Harbour Heath, Wareham Forest
  see trip report
Meet in the Sika Trail car park on the Wareham - Bere Regis road,
map reference SY906893 (see map)

Friday February 20th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday February 9th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Cogden Beach
  see trip report
Meet in the National Trust car park,
map reference SY503885 (see map)

Monday February 2nd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Culpeppers Dish
  see trip report
Meet at the picnic area,
map reference SY814924 (see map)
Monday January 26th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Newton's Cove
  see trip report
Meet in the Barrack Road car park opposite the Nothe Tavern,
map reference SY683787 (see map)

Friday January 23rd - Sunday January 25th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday January 19th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tadnoll Heath
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve entrance on Redbridge Road between East Knighton and Crossways,
map reference SY791877 (see map)

Monday January 12th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Puddletown Forest
  see trip report
Meet in the 2nd pull-in from the south on the road between Tincleton and Puddletown known as "Rhodedendron Mile",
map reference SY744921 (see map)

Monday January 5th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Portland Harbour
  see trip report
Meet in the car park on Mulberry Avenue, just west of Portland Castle,
map reference SY684744 (see map)

Friday January 2nd - Sunday January 4th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday January 2nd 2015 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 29th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Maiden Castle
  see trip report
Meet at the English Heritage car park,
map reference SY669889 (see map)
Friday December 26th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 22nd 3.30 - 5.00 pm
Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth
  see trip report
A late afternoon visit to see the roosting Little Egrets.
Meet at the reserve car park, near the visitor centre,
map reference SY675796 (see map)

Friday December 19th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 15th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Portland Harbour
  see trip report
Meet in Sandsfoot Castle gardens near the cafe,
map reference SY675774 (see map)

Friday December 12th - Sunday December 14th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 8th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Lodmoor RSPB Reserve
  see trip report
Meet at the car park before the Civic Amenity Site, Preston Beach Road,
map reference SY687809 (see map)

Monday December 1st 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Sares Wood
  see trip report
Meet in the car park just east of the crossroads,
map reference SY804924 (see map)
.


For more information or telephone 01305 750118 or 07980 967473.

Details on this site are subject to change - check the latest update before you leave!