Dorset Walks

2015 Programme of wildlife walks with Bob Ford



All walks are for 90 minutes over a distance of 1 - 2 miles and, apart from the Birdbreak Weekends, cost £4.00 - no booking required.
Click on the map reference to see a map showing each starting point


These walks are likely to change at short notice - so please check this web site before you leave!
For more information or telephone 01305 750118 or 07980 967473



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walks to come in 2015:

Monday January 26th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Newton's Cove

Meet in the Barrack Road car park opposite the Nothe Tavern,
map reference SY683787 (see map)

Monday February 2nd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Culpeppers Dish

Meet at the picnic area,
map reference SY814924 (see map)
Monday February 9th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Cogden Beach

Meet in the National Trust car park,
map reference SY503885 (see map)


Monday February 16th
NO WALK

Friday February 20th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday February 23rd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Cold Harbour Heath, Wareham Forest

Meet in the Sika Trail car park on the Wareham - Bere Regis road,
map reference SY906893 (see map)

Friday February 27th - Sunday March 1st
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday March 2nd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Penn Weare, Portland

Meet in the Portland Museum car park, opposite Pennsylvania Castle
map reference SY695712 (see map)

Monday March 9th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Great Ovens Hill, Sandford
Meet in the car park on the left side of the road from Sandford to Sherford, about 1 mile north of Sandford,
map reference SY923904 (see map)
Monday March 16th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Blashford Lakes, Ringwood

Meet near the reserve centre at
map reference SU151079 (see map)
Friday March 20th - Sunday March 22nd
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday March 23rd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Woolsbarrow Hill, Wareham Forest

Meet in car park just north of the national speed limit sign on the east side of the Wareham - Bere Regis road,
map reference SY888917 (see map)


Monday March 30th
NO WALK

Friday April 3rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday April 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Upton Country Park

Meet in the main car park near the toilets,
map reference SY992929 (see map)
Friday April 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday April 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Swyre Head, Kingston

Meet at the car park approx 1 mile west of Kingston,
map reference SY943793 (see map)


Monday April 20th
NO WALK


Monday April 27th
NO WALK


Monday May 4th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Higher Hyde Heath, Bovington

Meet at reserve car park on the N.E. side of the Puddletown Road, between Bovington & Wareham,
map reference SY854899 (see map)
Monday May 4th - Thursday May 7th
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities

A 3-day break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland, (see map)
Please book with The Travelling Naturalist, Dorchester.
Monday May 11th 8.00 - 9.30 pm
Ringstead
Meet at the far end of the National Trust car park, map reference
map reference SY759823 (see map)

Friday May 15th - Sunday May 17th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday May 18th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Allington Hill, Bridport

Meet at reserve entrance near Bridport Community Hospital,
map reference SY458938 (see map)

Monday May 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Cerne Abbas

Meet at the picnic site car park under Giant Hill,
map reference ST664015 (see map)


Monday June 1st
NO WALK

Monday June 8th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton Gravel Pits

Meet at Redbridge,
map reference SY789884 (see map)

Monday June 15th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Wareham Forest

Meet at the Lockyer's Hill car park, 5 miles north west of Wareham on the Bere Regis Road, map reference SY 873933 (see map)
Friday June 19th - Sunday June 21st
Butterflies & Wild Flowers Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
Monday June 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Kingbarrow Quarry, Portland

Meet at The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday June 29th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Badbury Rings, Wimborne

Park in the National Trust car park,
map reference ST959030 (see map)
Monday July 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Stoborough Heath NNR

Meet in the reserve car park at Sunnyside Farm on the road to Arne,
map reference SY938863 (see map)
Friday July 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton

Meet in the village near the ford,
map reference SY805895 (see map)
Friday July 17th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday July 17th - Sunday July 19th
Butterflies & Wild Flowers Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chickerell Downs

Meet at the reserve entrance on Putton Lane, just north of Bennett's Water Gardens,
map reference SY651799 (see map)
.
Friday July 24th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 27th, 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Maiden Newton Watermeadows

Meet at the public car park,
map reference SY594979 (see map)
Friday July 31st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 3rd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Alner's Gorse

Meet in the Butterfly Conservation car park on the north side of the Hazelbury Bryan road, a mile east of King's Stag,
map reference ST737100 (see map)
Friday August 7th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 10th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Lankham Bottom

Meet in the pull-in on the road linking Cattistock to the A37,
map reference ST606003 (see map)

Monday August 17th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Blacknoll Heath, Winfrith

Meet at the pull-in by the reserve entrance,
map reference SY805863 (see map)

Monday August 24th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Arne RSPB Reserve, Poole Harbour

Meet at the reserve car park, Arne
map reference SY972878 (see map)

Friday August 28th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 31st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Turnworth Wood - Okeford Hill

Meet in the car park at the top of the hill six miles north of Winterborne Whitechurch,
map reference ST812093 (see map)
Friday September 18th - Sunday September 20th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday October 9th - Sunday October 11th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday October 19th - Thursday October 22nd
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities

A 3-day break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland, (see map)
Please book with The Travelling Naturalist, Dorchester.
Friday November 6th - Sunday November 8th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday December 11th - Sunday December 13th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)




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walks that have already taken place:

Friday January 23rd - Sunday January 25th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday January 19th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tadnoll Heath
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve entrance on Redbridge Road between East Knighton and Crossways,
map reference SY791877 (see map)

Monday January 12th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Puddletown Forest
  see trip report
Meet in the 2nd pull-in from the south on the road between Tincleton and Puddletown known as "Rhodedendron Mile",
map reference SY744921 (see map)

Monday January 5th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Portland Harbour
  see trip report
Meet in the car park on Mulberry Avenue, just west of Portland Castle,
map reference SY684744 (see map)

Friday January 2nd - Sunday January 4th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday January 2nd 2015 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 29th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Maiden Castle
  see trip report
Meet at the English Heritage car park,
map reference SY669889 (see map)
Friday December 26th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 22nd 3.30 - 5.00 pm
Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth
  see trip report
A late afternoon visit to see the roosting Little Egrets.
Meet at the reserve car park, near the visitor centre,
map reference SY675796 (see map)

Friday December 19th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 15th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Portland Harbour
  see trip report
Meet in Sandsfoot Castle gardens near the cafe,
map reference SY675774 (see map)

Friday December 12th - Sunday December 14th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 8th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Lodmoor RSPB Reserve
  see trip report
Meet at the car park before the Civic Amenity Site, Preston Beach Road,
map reference SY687809 (see map)

Monday December 1st 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Sares Wood
  see trip report
Meet in the car park just east of the crossroads,
map reference SY804924 (see map)
.


For more information or telephone 01305 750118 or 07980 967473.

Details on this site are subject to change - check the latest update before you leave!