About this page

This page and the Birding Forum are for the benefit of Club Members and by anyone with an interest in birding in Dorset. They are visible to all but you need to register to post onto the forum. If you would like to register please click on the DBC Google groups link and follow the guidance. We aim to use this page to help all Dorset birders share news and ideas, learn new skills, get involved, and enjoy birding to the full.

Local birders’ groups

Some areas have local networks to share news or to support less experienced birders. If there isn’t one in your area, why not set one up? Some groups have found WhatsApp to be a great way to communicate. Let us know if there’s a group you’d like listed.

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Mentoring and buddying

Many of our members are happy to act as ‘mentors’ for birders who are keen to learn more, or to team up with others to learn together. We are building a register of people willing to be mentors or companions. If you’d like to be involved, please post in the ‘mentors and buddies’ thread in the forum.

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Sharing Links

The Dorset Bird Club are happy to offer links to organisations, companies and individuals based in Dorset or offering information, goods and services relevant to Dorset that we feel our members may be interested in hearing about. Any links found on this page are taken in good faith and the Club does not endorse any of the products/activities of these organisations/companies/individuals.

Please mention The Dorset Bird Club website if you contact any of these sites.

Based in Dorset, Birdfinders offer a range of bird watching holidays to many destination worldwide at competative prices.

Offering better birding through technology. with up-to-the-minute news and views on British and Irish birds, comprehensive online and mobile reference, a huge photo library and the best products for birdwatchers everywhere. Bird records from Dorset are supplied to the Club' database.

Birds of Poole Harbour
A website dedicated to the birds, birdwatching and conservation of Poole Harbour.

Bournemouth Natural Science Society
The Society run a programme of lectures (non-members welcolme) and field trips - check out their website for full details.

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)
Promotes bird conservation through volunteer-based surveys.

Calluna Books
Specialist in out of print Natural History Books covering birds, mammals, flora, invertebrates and general natural history in the UK and worldwide. Books bought & sold. Catalogues issues, full stocklist available on line. Vistors to our stockroom are by appointment only. Also offers a guiding service for individuals and small groups aimed at providing an experience of Dorset's birds, wildlife and landscapes. Tailor-made walks, a guided walk programme, guiding for groups and illustrated wildlife talks can be offered.

Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group (CHOG)
A local group that monitor Hengistbury Head and Christchurch Harbours birdlife.

Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News

The sightings page for Devon birds.

Dorset Environmental Records Centre (DERC)
DERC was established in 1976 as an independent organisation to collate information on all of Dorset's wildlife. Works closely with the Dorset Bird Club to maintain a database of bird records going back from the late 1950's to the present day.

Dorset Wildlife Trust
The local county trust who manage many nature reserves in the county for birds and other wildlife. Many initiatives and events are organised throughout the year.

Durlston Country Park
An excellent site for all round nature watching from botany to dolphin watching.

A premier web resource about birds, birding and bird watching for birders at home and abroad - hundreds of pages and thousands of links.

Fleet and Chesil Reserve

One of the county's hotspots for wetland birds, most of the reserve is accessible from public footpaths or from Abotsbury Swannery (admission charges apply - only open in summer).

Galerie Bissell Wildlife Art
Lauren Hayes Bissell isn't just a wildlife artist, her wesite exhibits orginals, prints to greeting cards. The site also has contribution from other artist. The site is well worth a look.

Hampshire Bird News

The sightings page for Hampshire birds.

New Forest Explorers Guide
If you are interested in exploring the New Forest and would like to know where to walk, this is the site for you.

A Hampshire based company supplying large selecton goods to support your garden birds and keep them well fed, some local deliveries made into Dorset.

Portland Bird Observatory
One of the best sea watching and visual migration watching locations in the south.

Somerset Birding Forum

The sightings page for Somerset birds.

Two Owls Birding
Providing birdwatching courses for the beginner and the more experienced birder, including weekends away to birding hot spots in the UK & France. 

WILDGuides is not-for-profit publishing organisation with a commitment to supporting wildlife conservation. They have produced a series of simple-to-use yet definitive photographic guides on Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Moths, Orchids and Arable Plants.








Coming soon: Dorset Bird Club - Bird News & Forum

This forum aims to help us share bird news and bird related discussion in Dorset. 

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

This Group is open to all members of Dorset Bird Club, previous members of the ‘O&A Dorset’ Yahoo Group or anyone else who regularly birds in Dorset. 

Please follow the spirit of the guidelines on the forum’s Google Groups webpage and be kind to your fellow Dorset birders.

Good Dorset Birding from all at the Dorset Bird Club.


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