Dorset Walks

2013 Programme of wildlife walks with Bob Ford



All walks are for 90 minutes over a distance of 1 - 2 miles and cost 4.00 unless otherwise stated - no booking required.
Click on the map references 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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Fridays throughout the year
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 January 4th - Sunday January 6th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday January 7th 10.30 - 12.00 am
Morden Bog, Wareham Forest
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group
to look at heathland and woodland birds.
Meet in the Sika Trail car park on the Wareham - Bere Regis road,
map reference SY906893 (see map)


Monday January 14th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Portland Harbour - north
  see trip report
Meet in Sandsfoot Castle gardens near the cafe,
map reference SY675774 (see map)


Monday January 21st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
The Fleet at Wyke Regis
  see trip report
Meet at the south end of the Rodwell Trail opposite the Ferrybridge Hotel,
map reference SY667763 (see map)


Monday January 28th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Bincleaves
  see trip report
Meet at the east end of Bincleaves Road,
map reference SY681781 (see map)


Monday February 4th 10.30 - 12.00 am
Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk to look at wintering wildfowl, and hopefully marsh harriers and bearded tits as well.
Meet at the reserve car park, near the visitor centre,
map reference SY675796 (see map)


Monday February 11th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tadnoll Heath
  see trip report Meet at the reserve entrance on Redbridge Road between East Knighton and Crossways,
map reference SY791877 (see map)


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


Monday February 18th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Wyke Down
  see trip report
Meet at the layby on the left-hand side half a mile along a minor road running south-east from the A354, half a mile before the Sixpenny Handley roundabout,
map reference SU005151 (see map)


Monday February 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chesil Beach, Cogden
  see trip report
Meet in the car park near the beach,
map reference SY503883 (see map)


Saturday March 2nd 2013 10.00 - 12.00 am
Thorncombe Woods, Higher Bockhampton
  see trip report
A Workers Educational Association day course, course fee £ 8.00
Meet at the car park for Hardy's Cottage,
map reference SY726922 (see map)


Monday March 4th 2013 10.30 - 12.00 am
Portland Westcliffs
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group to look at Fulmars and other early breeding birds.
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday March 11th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Puddletown Forest
  see trip report
Meet in Forestry Commission pull-in at Beacon Corner,
map reference SY746935 (see map)


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


Monday March 18th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
River Stour at White Mill
  see trip report
Meet at the White Mill car park, half a mile north east of Sturminster Marshall,
map reference ST957007 (see map)


Monday March 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Eggardon Hill
  see trip report
Meet at the pull-in by the crossroads,
map reference SY547945 (see map)


Monday April 1st 10.30 am - 12.00 am
Aller Moor, Somerset Levels
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group, hopefully to see the introduced cranes. Meet at the Burrow Mump car park (near Burrow Bridge),
map reference ST360305 (see map)


Monday April 8th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Swyre Head, Kingston
  see trip report
Meet at the car park approx 1 mile west of Kingston,
map reference SY943793 (see map)


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


Monday April 15th 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)


Monday April 29th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Lorton Meadows
  see trip report
Meet at the Dorset Wildlife Trust car park,
map reference SY826675 (see map)


Monday May 6th 10.30 - 12.00 am
Durlston Country Park
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group to look at limestone flowers and spring migrant birds.
Meet in the reserve car park, near the information centre,
map reference SZ032773 (see map)


Monday May 6th - Thursday May 9th
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities
  see trip report
A 3-day break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland, (see map)
Please book with The Travelling Naturalist, Dorchester.

Monday May 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Powerstock Common
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve car park,
map reference SY547974 (see map)


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


Monday May 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Norden Heath & Green Pool
  see trip report
Meet in the small pull-in on the left side of Furzebrook Road south of Blue Pool,
map reference SY933828 (see map)


Monday May 27th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Cerne Abbas
  see trip report
Meet at the picnic site car park under Giant Hill,
map reference ST664015 (see map)


Monday June 3rd 10.30 - 12.00 am
Higher Hyde Heath, Bovington
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group to look at reptiles and pond life.
Meet at the N.E. side of the Puddletown Road, between Bovington & Wareham. Small car park just W. of the approach road to the golf club, tucked away behind a group of single-storey industrial buildings at Hanson Yard,
map reference SY854899 (see map)

Monday June 17th 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 June 21st - Sunday June 23rd
Butterflies & Wild Flowers Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday June 24th 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)
Monday July 1st 10.30 - 12.00 am
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group to look at orchids and other wild flowers.
Badbury Rings, Wimborne
  see trip report
Park in the National Trust car park,
map reference ST959030 (see map)

Monday July 15th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Preston, Weymouth
  see trip report
Meet on Church Road near St Andrews Church,
map reference SY706830 (see map)


Friday July 19th - Sunday July 21st
Butterflies & Wild Flowers Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday July 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
White Horse Hill
  see trip report
Meet at the start of the track over White Horse Hill,
map reference SY702852 (see map)


Monday July 29th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tyneham
  see trip report
Meet in the village car park,
map reference SY883803 (see map)


Tuesday July 30th 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Portland Discovery Day
  see trip report
This walk includes a Portland lunch and a glass of wine or beer at the Heights Hotel.
Cost: 12.00
Pre book your place by calling the Heights Hotel on 01305 821361.

Wednesday July 31st 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Portland Discovery Day
  see trip report
This walk includes a Portland lunch and a glass of wine or beer at the Heights Hotel.
Cost: 12.00
Pre book your place by calling the Heights Hotel on 01305 821361.

Thursday August 1st 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Portland Discovery Day
  see trip report
This walk includes a Portland lunch and a glass of wine or beer at the Heights Hotel.
Cost: 12.00
Pre book your place by calling the Heights Hotel on 01305 821361.

Monday August 5th 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.
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)


Monday August 12th 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)


Monday August 19th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Kingston Russell Wood
  see trip report
Meet in the car park on the Roman Road above Kingston Russell,
map reference SY578936 (see map)


Monday August 26th 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)


Monday September 2nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Ridgeway Geology Walk
  see trip report
With Alan Holiday and Charles Foot.
Meet at the far end of the old Ridgeway Road,
map reference SY673852 (see map)


Monday September 9th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Toller Porcorum
  see trip report
Meet at the Village Hall car park,
map reference SY561980 (see map)


Monday September 16th 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 September 20th - Sunday September 22nd
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday September 23rd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Agglestone
  see trip report
Meet in the layby on the Studland road just after the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club,
map reference SZ016818 (see map)


Monday September 30th 1.30 - 3.30 pm
Dorset Bird Week - Portland Passage
  see trip reports
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Friday October 4th 1.30 - 3.30 pm
Dorset Bird Week - Portland Passage
  see trip reports
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday October 7th 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)
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Please note that if the layby is full you will need to park in the village and walk down.

Friday October 11th - Sunday October 13th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday October 14th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Dewlish
  see trip report
Meet at the layby near the bend at the top of Park Hill,
map reference SY779980 (see map)
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Monday October 21st 2.00 - 3.30 pm
East Chaldon
  see trip report
Meet in the car park just east of the village (also known as Chaldon Herring),
map reference SY796834 (see map)
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Monday November 4th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Lorton Meadows
  see trip report
Meet at the Dorset Wildlife Trust car park,
map reference SY826675 (see map)


Friday November 8th - Sunday November 10th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday November 11th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Nunnery Mead
  see trip report
Meet at the bridge near Southover just south of Frampton,
map reference SY623949 (see map)


Friday November 15th - Sunday November 17th
Travelling Naturalist South East Reunion Weekend
  see trip report

Monday November 18th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Moreton Gravel Pits
  see trip report
Meet at Redbridge,
map reference SY789884 (see map)


Monday November 25th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
West Bexington
  see trip report
Meet in the car park on the beach,
map reference SY531864 (see map)

Monday December 2nd 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)
.

Monday December 9th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Maiden Castle
  see trip report
Meet at the English Heritage car park,
map reference SY669889 (see map)

Monday December 30th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Portland Harbour
  see trip report
Meet in Sandsfoot Castle gardens near the cafe,
map reference SY675774 (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!