All of the guided walks are FREE, and open to members and non-members, but please be aware that there may be a charge for car parking at some locations. Just turn up on the day at the meeting place / time advertised (unless booking is required or advised).
A: Easy – fairly short walk over relatively flat ground with no / few stiles.
B: Medium – moderate distance and / or moderate hills and / or moderate number of stiles.
C: Strenuous – long distance and /or steep hills and / or many stiles.
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the time of year.
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For further information contact:
Richard Charman (Outdoor Events Organiser)
Chapmans Pool on the Dorset coast
Next Event: Sunday 10th December 2023
Shell Bay and Middle Beach 09:30 – morning only.
Meet in the car park (charges apply for non-NT members) on the Shell Bay side of the Sandbanks Chain Ferry (SZ 034863, ///cliff.candy.bits).
We were very sorry that we had to cancel the Conference due to have been held on 20 June 2020 in Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne. This was to be a ‘young birders’ takeover’, showcasing the talented young birders in and around Dorset, and addressing the topic of Future Birding in a Changing World. When we planned the event we didn’t realise how much changing the world would be doing! The event was to have been supported by the Cameron Bespolka Trust and the BTO, and would have broken new ground. We had a fantastic line-up of young speakers: Club Committee member Alex Chapman was all set to talk about his discovery of birding; Brittany Maxted of Birds of Poole Harbour was talking about the Osprey translocation project; BBC Springwatch presenter Megan McCubbin on the Wildlife rebellion she is leading with Chris Packham; Erin Taylor about being Assistant Warden at Portland Bird Observatory; Thomas Weston on the Poole Park Greylag Goose ringing project; and Joe Stockwell on rare birds in Dorset. Luke Phillips of the RSPB and Nick Moran of the BTO were to be among the session chairs. We had also arranged for stands by a wide range of particularly relevant organisations, staffed by young people.
We will rearrange the event when it is safe to do so, and will try to secure as many of these speakers and chairs as possible. We hope we will be able to publicise a new date, and when it is rearranged we look forward to welcoming all members, and plenty of guests. The event will be free to young people under 25.
Despite the postponement, when it does take place it is sure to be a brilliant and unmissable event.