Saturday, September 6 – Lorton Meadows Open Day, 10am-4pm (Free)

The Conservation Centre is open for visitors. Walk around the reserve, then drop in for a hot/cold drink and peruse the selection of gifts and wildlife books. Watch birds in the boxes live on screen and purchase nest boxes and bird food. Tel 01305 816546.

Saturday, September 6 – Insect Walk , 2-4pm, Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve (£1/person, family event)

Join a guided walk, spotting insects from dragonflies to grasshoppers, with the Community Conservation Officer. Refreshments afterwards. No unaccompanied children. Tel 01305 816546.

Sunday, September 7 – Drop in to the Welly Zone at any time from 2- 4.30pm east of the slipway at Baiter Park, Poole and discover Baiter’s seashore wildlife. Please wear suitable clothing.

Sunday, Sept 7 – East Dorset/Arc Work Party, 10am-1pm

Lend a hand with practical conservation work at the Sopley Common Reserve. Tasks include scrub clearance, pine and sycamore control, path clearance etc. Meet at the Ramsdown car park. For more information contact Jon Crewe on 07989 777757.

Tuesday, September 9 – West Dorset Volunteer Work Party 

Please contact DWT Warden Steve Masters on 07557 561624.

Tuesday, September 9 – South Dorset Mid-Week Volunteers, 10am – 3pm

Habitat management on a DWT nature reserve near you. Please contact warden James Hitchen on 07436 157328 for further details or to book your place.

Wednesday, September 10 – Volunteers Conservation Task, 10am-3pm, Lorton Meadows NR (free)

Join a day of practical work on site to restore the habitats important for local wildlife with the community conservation officer. Tools, gloves and drinks supplied. No experience necessary. Please bring a packed lunch, meet at the Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre. Tel 01305 816546.

Thursday, September 11 – Urban Wildlife Volunteers

Meet every Thursday at the Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill. For this week meet at 9am for a moth trap opening and 10am for practical tasks. For details of each task contact Andy Fale on 07970 552673 or the Urban Wildlife Centre on 01202 692033. This is a Great Heath Living Landscape project event. Map ref. SY 976949. The Urban Wildlife Centre lies at the top of Beacon Hill Lane, off the Old Wareham Road, SW of Corfe Mullen, BH21 3RX.

Thursday, September 11 - Wildlife On Your Seashore

A seashore survey for Welly Zone volunteers. 12.30-3pm, Eype, Bridport (map ref. SY 447911). Free Event.

Thursday, September 11 - A Guide To Everything Chesil, 11am-12.30pm

Join a guide to discover the secrets of Chesil Bank and the Fleet Lagoon. This whistle-stop tour covers everything from the formation of the beach to the rich wildlife and military history. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre. Adults £3, children £2. Tel 01305 206191.

Saturday, September 13 – Cetacean and Seabird Surveyor Course

DWT and Marine Life have teamed up for this popular course,10am – 4pm, The Salt House, West Bay. £40 (£35 DWT members). Booking essential at

Saturday, September 13 – Birds Of Brownsea – Migration Time, 11am-1pm

The bird migration season is underway and Brownsea’s lagoon is a top stopover for many wading birds. Meet at the public hide by the cormorant sculpture (100m from the quay). Boats from Poole or Sandbanks at 10am. Free entry this weekend to the National Trust owned island but boat fares apply. For more information ring 01202 692033 or 01202 709445 or email Suggested donation £3.

Saturday, September 13 – Lytchett Bay Walk, 10am

Explore the new nature reserve at Lytchett Bay, part of The Great Heath Living Landscape. Led by Dorset Wildlife Trust and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, this is a chance to find out about the wildlife and habitats of this special site. Meet at Lytchett Heath, Sandy Lane, Upton (just west of Moorland Way junction) map ref. SY 974927. For details ring 01202 692033 or email nhoar@dorsetwildlifetrust. Suggested donation £3.

Sunday, September 14 – Brownsea Island Work Party, 9.30am

Join the regular volunteering group on Brownsea on alternate Sundays. Tasks include pine thinning, opening out the alder carr and rhododendron cutting. For details contact Richard Proctor on 01202 693039 or 07718 511432.