Dorset Walks

2012 Programme of wildlife walks with Bob Ford

All Monday afternoon and Friday morning walks are for 90 minutes over a distance of 1 - 2 miles and cost 4.00.
Unless stated otherwise just turn up at any of the walks you want to - no booking required.
Click on the map references to see a map showing each starting point


Please note that 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 for 2012:

Friday December 28th 10.00 am - 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 24th 2.30 - 4.00 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)


Friday December 21st10.00 am - 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 17th 4.00 - 5.30 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 14th 10.00 am - 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 10th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
The Fleet at Chickerell
  see trip report
Meet at the Moonfleet Manor car park,
map reference SY618805 (see map)

Friday December 7th 10.00 am - 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 3rd 10.30 - 12.00 am
Upton Country Park
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at wintering waders and wildfowl in Poole Harbour. Meet in the main car park,
map reference SY992929 (see map)

Friday November 30th 10.00 am - 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 November 26th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Maiden Castle
  see trip report
Meet at the English Heritage car park,
map reference SY669889 (see map)

Friday November 23rd 10.00 am - 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 November 19th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton Gravel Pits
  see trip report
Meet at Redbridge,
map reference SY789884 (see map)


Friday November 16th 10.00 am - 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 November 12th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Studland Beach
  see trip report
Meet at the Knoll Beach car park nearly a mile north of the village,
map reference SZ034835 (see map)

Friday November 9th - Sunday November 11th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Friday November 9th 10.00 am - 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 November 5th 2012 10.30 - 12.00 am
The River Stour at Hod Hill
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at woodland fungi.
Meet at the Hod Hill car park, half a mile west of the A350 about 4 miles north of Blandford,
map reference ST853112 (see map)

Friday November 2nd 10.00 am - 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 October 29th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Ridgeway Hill  
see trip report
Meet at the lay-by on the road from Upwey to Martinstown, map reference SY663866 (see map)

Monday October 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Wareham Forest  
see trip report
Meet at the Lawson's Clump car park on the B3075 north of Sandford,
map reference SY922909 (see map)

Friday October 19th 10.00 am - 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 October 15th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Thorncombe Woods, Higher Bockhampton  
see trip report
Meet at the car park for Hardy's Cottage,
map reference SY726922 (see map)


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


Friday October 12th 10.00 am - 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 October 8th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Culpeppers Dish  
see trip report
Meet at the picnic area,
map reference SY814924 (see map)

Friday October 5th 10.00 am - 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 October 1st 10.30 - 12.00 am
Abbotsbury Beach  
see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at Autumn migrants.
Meet at the Abbotsbury beach car park,
map reference SY561847 (see map)


Friday September 28th 10.00 am - 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 September 24th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
White Nothe  
see trip report
Meet at the far end of the National Trust car park,
map reference SY759823 (see map)


Friday September 21st - Sunday September 23rd
Birdbreak Weekend  
see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Friday September 21st 10.00 am - 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 September 17th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Rodden Hive  
see trip report
Meet at the layby just west of Langton Herring on the Rodden road,
map reference SY610827 (see map)


Friday September 14th 10.00 am - 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 September 3rd 10.30 - 12.00 am
Dorsetshire Gap  
see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at chalk downland wildlife.
Park at the side of the road near Folly Farmhouse, a mile north of Plush,
map reference ST728033 (see map)

Friday August 31st 10.00 am - 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 27th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Morden Bog, Wareham Forest  
see trip report
Meet in the Sika Trail car park on the Wareham - Bere Regis road,
map reference SY906893 (see map)

Friday August 24th 10.00 am - 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 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Win Green  
see trip report
Meet in the Win Green car park on the top of the downs (just over the county boundary in Wiltshire),
map reference ST923206 (see map)

Monday August 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Thorncombe Woods, Higher Bockhampton   see trip report
Meet at the car park for Hardy's Cottage,
map reference SY726922 (see map)


Monday August 6th 10.30 - 12.00 am
Alner's Gorse  
see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at butterflies, hopefully including the Brown Hairstreak.
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 August 3rd 10.00 am - 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 30th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton Forest  
see trip report
Meet at the Forestry Commission entrance a mile east of Waddock Cross,
map reference SY811912 (see map)

Friday July 27th 10.00 am - 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 20th 10.00 am - 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 16th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Bulbarrow  
see trip report
Meet in the main parking area at Bulbarrow,
map reference ST783059 (see map)

Friday July 13th 10.00 am - 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 9th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Durlston Country Park 
see trip report
Meet in the reserve car park, near the information centre,
map reference SZ032773 (see map)

Friday July 6th 10.00 am - 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 2nd 2012 10.30 - 12.00 am
Dorsetshire Gap 
see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at chalk downland wildlife.
Park at the side of the road near Folly Farmhouse, a mile north of Plush,
map reference ST728033 (see map)

Friday June 29th 2012 10.00 am - 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 25th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Corfe Common  see trip report
Meet at the Hollands Close car Park, off West Street, Corfe,
map reference SY958818 (see map)

Friday June 22nd 2012 10.00 am - 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 18th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Hod Hill
  see trip report
Meet at the Hod Hill car park, half a mile west of the A350 about 4 miles north of Blandford,
map reference ST853112 (see map)

Monday June 11th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Ringmoor and Turnworth Down
  see trip report
Meet in the car park at Okeford Hill,
map reference ST812094 (see map)

Friday June 8th 2012 10.00 am - 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 4th 2012 10.30 - 12.00 am
Fiddleford Mill
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at flowers and butterflies of the River Stour.
Meet in the Fiddleford Manor car park off the A357 just east of Sturminster Newton, map reference ST802136 (see map)

Friday June 1st 2012 10.00 am - 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 28th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Brackett's Coppice
  see trip report
Meet in the DWT car park in the field on the north side of the road between Corscombe and Higher Halstock Leigh,
map reference ST515067 (see map)

Friday May 25th 2012 10.00 am - 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 21st 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Mapperton
  see trip report
Meet in the car park in Mapperton Village, just west of the turn off for Mapperton House,
map reference SY502999 (see map)

Friday May 18th - Sunday May 20th 2012
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Friday May 18th 2012 10.00 am - 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 14th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Upton Country Park
  see trip report
Meet in the main car park,
map reference SY992929 (see map)

Friday May 11th 2012 10.00 am - 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 7th 2012 10.30 - 12.00 am
Lodmoor RSPB Reserve
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at water birds.
Meet at the reserve car park near the Civic Amenity Site, Preston Beach Road,
map reference SY687809 (see map)


Friday May 4th 2012 10.00 am - 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,

Friday April 27th
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 23rd 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
West Bexington
  see trip report
Meet in the car park on the beach,
map reference SY531864 (see map)

Friday April 20th
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 16th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Portland Bill
  see trip report
Meet in the Bill car park near the lighthouse at SY677685 (see map)

Friday April 13th - Sunday April 15th 2012
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Friday April 13th 2012
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 9th 2012 10.30 - 12.00 am
Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk to look at early migrants,
such as Sand Martins and Chiffchaffs.
Meet at the reserve car park, near the visitor centre,
map reference SY675796 (see map)


Monday April 9th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Ferrybridge and Portland Harbour
  see trip report
Meet in the Chesil Beach Centre car park,
map reference SY668756 (see map)


Monday March 26th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Portland Harbour
  see trip report
Meet in Sandsfoot Castle gardens near the cafe,
map reference SY675774 (see map)


Friday March 23rd 2012 10.00 am - 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 19th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 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)


Friday March 16th 2012 10.00 am - 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 12th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve car park, near the visitor centre,
map reference SY675796 (see map)


Friday March 9th 2012 10.00 am - 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 5th 2012 10.30 - 12.00 am
Portland Bill
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at seabirds and hopefully an early Wheatear!
Meet in the Bill car park near the lighthouse,
map reference SY677685 (see map)


Friday March 2nd 2012 10.00 am - 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 27th 2012 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 February 24th 2012 10.00 am - 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 20th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Binnegar Gravel Pits
  see trip report
Meet at the pull-in on the Puddletown Road, between Bovington & Wareham, a mile or two further towards Wareham than Hyde Heath,
map reference SY885879 (see map)


Friday February 17th - Sunday February 19th 2012
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday February 13th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Higher Hyde Heath, Bovington
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve car park, between Bovington & Wareham,
map reference SY854899 (see map)


Friday February 10th 2012 10.00 am - 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 6th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Toller Porcorum.
  see trip report
Meet at the Village Hall car park,
map reference SY561980 (see map)


Monday February 6th 2012 10.30 - 12.00 am
Arne RSPB Reserve, Poole Harbour

A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at wintering waders, including avocets and godwits.
Meet at the reserve car park, Arne  see trip report
map reference SY972878 (see map)


Friday February 3rd 2012 10.00 am - 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 January 30th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton Gravel Pits
  see trip report
Meet at Redbridge,
map reference SY789884 (see map)


Friday January 27th 2012 10.00 am - 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 January 23rd 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Powerstock Common
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve car park,
map reference SY547974 (see map)


Friday January 20th - Sunday January 22nd 2012
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Friday January 20th 2012 10.00 am - 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 January 16th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Abbotsbury Beach
  see trip report
Meet at the Abbotsbury beach car park,
map reference SY561847 (see map)


Friday January 13th 2012 10.00 am - 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 January 9th 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Sutton Poyntz
  see trip report
Meet by the village pond,
map reference SY706838 (see map)


Friday January 6th - Sunday January 8th 2012
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Friday January 6th 2012 10.00 am - 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 January 2nd 2012 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Rodden Hive
  see trip report
Meet at the Elm Tree car park in Langton Herring,
map reference SY614825 (see map)


Monday January 2nd 2012 10.30 - 12.00 am
Portland Harbour
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at winter seabirds, including mergansers, grebes and divers.
Meet at the Sailing Academy car park,
map reference SY677747 (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!