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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!

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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:

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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

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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I've always liked rooks - these birds come to the cottage in winter to bathe in the puddle on the track. Here I put out some corn the night before and they came at first light. I was reading the latest red list report that rooks are now endangered!! @nearbywild @DorsetBirdClub

A Black-necked Grebe has reappeared this morning, @kbutler1978 had 20+ Cattle Egrets & a Common Sandpiper but nothing else of any note yet. @Joe_stockwell @CWPhoto11 @DorsetBirdClub

We've reached the PEAK of the DEER RUT in the #DorsetForests

The Sika Stags and Fallow Bucks found in the woodlands of Dorset loose some of the natural fear of people at this adrenaline filled time in their life cycle

Please give all deer a wide berth and avoid disturbance ⚠️

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