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The are several local conservation organisations in Dorset and some national ones with a strong presence in county. If you want to know more about, or perhaps contact or join, an organisation in this list just click on the organisations name in the list below. Remember that the Nature of Dorset is independent of all of these organisations and is not allied to any of them but in my view they are all worthy of support, both financially and practically. I am, of course, a member of some. The links worked when I set them up but I do not test them regularly and things change!
If you know of, or indeed, are a member of an organisation not in this list then send me details and I will be happy to add them if appropriate.

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Name of Organisation (Click for contact details) Description
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

We are a national wildlife charity committed to conserving amphibians and reptiles and saving the disappearing habitats on which they depend.

Birds of Poole Harbour

Welcome to ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’, a charity completely dedicated to educating people on the stunning variety of bird life in one of the country’s most picturesque locations, helping you make the most of this truly breathtaking natural harbour.

Bournemouth Natural Science Society

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) is a registered charity whose aims have little changed since its formation in 1903: to promote study, interest and enjoyment in all branches of the Natural Sciences and History.

British Trust for Ornithology - Dorset

Dorset area co-ordinator details

Butterfly Conservation - Dorset Branch

Working to save Dorset's butterflies and moths

75% of British butterflies and 66% of common moths have declined in living memory. Our efforts include conservation work, monitoring butterflies and moths, and raising awareness of the problems they face.

Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group

Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group, inevitably known as CHOG, is an independent organisation, which is dedicated to the study and conservation of birds and other wildlife in Christchurch Harbour.  

Dorset Bat Group

We are volunteers with a shared passion - we all love bats! Our role is one of helping record and protect the bats of Dorset.  We do this by carrying out surveys, roost visits, engaging with the public - anything that will help raise awareness of the bats around us and the need for their protection.

Dorset Bird Club

The role of The Dorset Bird Club 

 To promote an 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

Dorset Coast Forum

The Dorset Coast Forum is a strategic coastal partnership, hosted by Dorset County Council, which looks at the long-term broad scale issues facing the Dorset coast and its inshore waters.

Dorset Dragonfly Group

Aim: encourage as many people as possible to get outside to look at (and record) these amazing insects in Dorset

Dorset Environmental Records Centre

Dorset Environmental Records Centre was established in 1976 as an independent organisation to collate information on all of Dorset's wildlife. It provides an opportunity for local naturalists and conservation organisations to work together.

Dorset Flora Group

Founded in 2007, the Dorset Flora Group works with members of Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society (DNHAS)Wessex BryologyDorset Environmental Records Centre (DERC) and Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) to continually update the record of Dorset’s wild flowers, mosses, seaweeds, lichens and fungi (which are not strictly plants). We also aim to help the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI) and other national societies concerned with conservation such as the National Trust in Dorset.

Dorset Mammal Group

The DMG was initiated in 2012 to absorb the work of the Dorset Badger Group and to take forward the work of the Dorset Otter Group. Embracing ALL (non-flying) Dorset mammals from the start, it is steadily expanding its areas of competence and interest as members with other backgrounds join and contribute.

Dorset Moth Group

The purpose of Dorset Moths is to bring together all those interested in moths in Dorset, and to promote the importance of moths as an indicator of biodiversity and habitat health.

Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society

The main purpose of this section of the Society's website is to assist researchers in all the different disciplines or fields of study that the Society supports. It is equally available to Members of the Society and to others, and should be useful to people at all levels of expertise in their chosen subjects.

Dorset Nature

A personal wildlife photograohpy site - wonderful; photos.

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Dorset's premier conservation organisation

Dorsets Important Geological Sites Group

We are part of a national network of largely county-based volunteer groups under the umbrella organisation Geoconservation UK. We meet at theDorset Wildlife Trust (to which we are affiliated) every two months to discuss conservation projects, and update members on the progress of on-going conservation work.

Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

Situated in the south-east corner of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset (grid ref SZ  03 77), a mile south of Swanage, lies Durlston Country Park 280 acres of very special countryside. The Country Park was established in the 1970s by Dorset County Council, and 30 years of careful management by the Ranger team have resulted in a superb site that everyone can enjoy.


In 2012, EuCAN CIC merged with the volunteer group formerly known as the BTCV Mid-week Volunteers in Dorset, as the BTCV (now renamed TCV) had chosen to wind up their group

Jurassic Coast, Friends of

World Heritage status was achieved because the Jurassic Coast provides a unique insight into Earth Sciences. It shows a geological ‘walk through time’ spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. World Heritage Sites are places of ‘outstanding universal value’ selected by UNESCO

Kingcombe Centre

We believe that the natural world, our place within it, and our mental and physical wellbeing are intimately linked

Kinson Common, Friends of

Since our formation in 1999, the Friends have helped Bournemouth Borough Council's Countryside Officer's manage Kinson Common, a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest as Countryside Volunteers. 

Poole Harbour Study Group

The Poole Harbour Study Group was founded in 1997 by a group of individuals interested in the recording of wildlife and other biological and scientific aspects of Poole Harbour.

Portland Bird Observatory

We are an independent organisation and a UK registered charity. We cater not just for birders but for naturalists of all persuasions, and our accommodation in the Old Lower Lighthouse is available to anyone who wishes to stay with us and enjoy any aspect of the natural environment of Portland. 


This is an unusual and special landscape where you can enjoy a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland. 

RSPB Weymouth Reserves

A nature reserve in central Weymouth sounds unlikely, but once you are on the footpath amongst the reeds and lagoons you could be far away in the countryside. 

Slop Bog Guardians

Slop Bog is a place for people and nature. It is a site of special scientific interest and a local nature reserve managed by Dorset Countryside. Visitors have the rare opportunity to easily cross the spagnum bog via the boardwalk, which also provides excellent pond dipping opportunities. Relatively short paths also meander through heathland, wet woodland and conifer plantation all within this small reserve (22.6 hectares).

Stanpit Marsh, Friends of

The Marsh, which is owned by Christchurch Council, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It attracts thousands of people a year and therefore requires very careful management, it was with this in mind that Pat Woodward and Peter Holloway decided to start a support group to arrange adequate funding to help to manage the Marsh. 

Urban Heaths Partnership

The Urban Heaths Partnership is made up of 14 organisations working together to protect and enhance the Dorset heathlands.