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The role of the Dorset Bird Club

  • To promote an interest of birds and bird watching in Dorset
  • To collate Dorset bird records and to publish the annual Dorset Bird Report
  • To provide comment and support on local conservation issues
  • To promote small scale local bird conservation projects through the DBC Conservation Fund
  • To initiate and encourage participation in local and national bird surveys

In 1987 local birdwatchers decided that there was a need for an independent bird club in the county and The (New) Dorset Bird Club was formed. The Club took over the role of collating bird records, producing the annual Dorset Bird Report ever since.

Previously, observations of Dorset's bird life have been recorded in various publications since the late 1700's. The County's first avifauna, J.C. Mansel-Pleydell's 'The Birds of Dorsetshire: A Contribution to the Natural History of the County', appeared in 1888. It was nearly 100 years before the next avifauna was published in 1983 - 'The Birds of Dorset' by Col. E.D.V. Prendergast and J.V. Boys. This was followed 20 years later by the current avifauna 'The Birds of Dorset' by George Green, financially aided by The Dorset Bird Club and published by Christopher Helm in 2004.

The Dorset Bird Club is a membership-based club financed, and run, by its members.

If you are not a member of the club, but are interested in Dorset's birds, then do join!

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DORSET BIRD NEWS: visit the sightings blog

SUBMIT YOUR SIGHTINGS: email Dorset Bird Club 

Outdoor Events

Due to the current pandemic, all DBC guided walks have been suspended until further notice. The walks program will continue once it is considered safe to do so.

DIversity in Birdwatching

Dorset Bird Club is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within the birding community, so that anyone with an interest feels welcomed and encouraged. Please see the personal article by one of our Committee Members and a summary of the comments received (August/September 2020)

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RSPB Arne is FULL!!
We have so many lovely visitors today, plus reduced car park spaces - we are now full!! 😮
We do love to see you at RSPB Arne, but please try another day😀 The nature reserve is open from 9.30am-4pm daily and the café for takeaways from 10am-4pm. Thank you😊

This is the link to @FinchleyBirder and @gardenbirder1 's talk about urban Nightjars. Much of their work is based on tagging birds around Poole Harbour, and shows how surprisingly urban these birds are at night.

Samuel Levy@FinchleyBirder

@DorsetBirdClub @gardenbirder1 Here is the link:

A pro at crabbing 🦀😲 Great Nothern Diver - Weymouth Harbour ⚓
I still can't believe how close it came, so incredible to watch 😍 #gaviaimmer #greatnortherndiver #divers #birds #birdphotography #birdwatching #BBCWildlifePOTD #bbcearth #yourshotphotographer

A great early afternoon, rambling on the Fontmell Downs and Melbury Beacon with mother, taking in some glorious winter wildlife and scenery.
Red Kite, Redwing and Goldfinch topped off a great few hours, racking up 24 bird species, rabbits, 4-5 fungal species and fruiting plants.


Iceland Gull showing well, albeit distantly, in Portland Harbour mouth from Bincleaves just now before flying north along harbour wall and lost in direction of Nothe Fort @PortlandBirdObs @DorsetBirdClub

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