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!



of the


will be held 

in the Quarterjack Suite, Allendale Centre, Wimborne, BH21 1AS

on Thursday 25th July 2024 at 19:00 


We look forward to seeing Members there


The AGM will be followed by a talk at 20:00 by 

Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation on ‘Swifts and Biodiversity - the Vital Link’

to which all are welcome (refreshments at 19:45)



 Shaping the Future of Dorset Bird Club

The Bird Club is in a good place compared to a few years ago – we publish an annual report we can be proud of, our web blog, social media and newsletter are appreciated, and our finances are stable. However, we face many challenges: our membership and Committee members are ageing, we don’t attract enough younger people or women into the Club and we are finding it difficult to fill key leadership roles.

And yet we know there are more people interested in birds, birdwatching and conservation than ever before. So we need to change to accommodate the wide range of interests that will strengthen and invigorate our Club. Over the last year we’ve been talking to partner organisations in Dorset to get their ideas on how we can bring about change. A working group then gave us excellent feedback and ideas for the steps we can make to bring about real, positive change. In May 2024 our Committee and Trustees approved a strategy for the future, with a set of key actions to be delivered over the next three years. We’d love to hear your comments on the strategy  document, which you can read here:


Please send comments to admin@dorsetbirds.co.uk or to the Bird Club Bird News and Forum dorsetbcbirdnews@googlegroups.com .


Bar-tailed Godwits migrating over Ferrybridge, April 2021      Copyright Pete Coe

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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


Next Event: Saturday 10th August 2024


Ringing Demonstration – Lytchett Bay  06:30 – 08:30 approx.


Numbers are strictly limited and booking is essential.  Please email walks@dorsetbirds.co.uk to reserve your place.


Further details for attendees provided on booking.


This event is weather dependent.


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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)

Article link


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