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The role of the Dorset Bird Club
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!
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)