The role of the Dorset Bird Club

  • To promote interest in 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 birdlife have been recorded in various publications since the late 1700s. 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!




The compilation of the annual Dorset Bird Report is a complex process which involves the incorporation of over 180,000 eBird and BirdTrack records in addition to those from other sources including site reports from across the county.  The production team aims for 100% accuracy in the compilation of the records, the writing of the species accounts and in the preparation of the final document. 

Unfortunately, during the process of preparing the print-ready copy of the 2020 Report, a number of errors have occurred.  These did not come to light until after printing and distribution of the Report.  The production team is understandably extremely disappointed that these errors have crept in and have detracted from what we believe is an otherwise excellent report.  We understand how the errors occurred and will put in place measures to ensure that this does not happen again.  

The production team has prepared an Errata Document which is available for download on the Club’s website at Publications - Dorset Bird Club (dorsetbirds.co.uk).  The Errata Document has been prepared in the same format as the printed Report.  For Members who do not have access to a printer, we will post hardcopies of the Errata Document; these can be requested by emailing membership@dorsetbirds.co.uk.

In preparing the Errata Document, we have also taken the opportunity to incorporate a number of records from the Ringing Report into the species accounts and remove a number of records which have subsequently been withdrawn by the observers. 

The production team apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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Dorset Bird Club - bird news & forum

The Club’s Forum aims to help us share bird news and bird related discussion in Dorset. It is open to all members of Dorset Bird Club and anyone else who regularly birds in Dorset.

Records posted on the Forum will be added to the Dorset Bird Club records database on BirdTrack. If you are a BirdTrack or eBird user please let us know so that we save the Club a little work and do not duplicate your records.

To join use the link below:

How to Join DBC Google Groups - Google Docs

A group moderator needs to approve your application before you can participate.

Please follow the spirit of the Forum’s guidelines and be kind to your fellow Dorset birders.



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Outdoor Events

Sunday 3rd July 2022 – DWT Wild Woodbury  Leader: Seb Haggett

Booking essential - see 'Events' page for details.

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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Spot the odd one out.😂@DorsetBirdClub @harbourbirds @LytchettP Lytchett Heath thanks to @NarwhalSh #adSedgeWarbler #juvAquaticWarbler #JuvSedgeWarbler

Brands Bay, Studland next
Marsh Harrier Juv - an irregular species in BB despite being common at the far end of Poole H
Snipe 1 - equally good record of 1 departing the marsh
Brent 4
Gadwall 2
R Plover 1
Curlew 113+
Common Gull 14
Med 12
@harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

First yellow wagtails of the autumn on Wareham common this morning. Also two flyover tree pipit and plenty of willow warbler around. @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

17 spoonbill, good no's of redshank, blackwit, oyc,BH gull. Large creche of shelduck teens, 6 curlew, lovely close view of 2 common sand (still too far away for phone camera!) Good start to the day #WildBrownsea @DWTBrownsea @DorsetWildlife @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

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