Observations of Dorset's bird life have been recorded in various publications since the late
1700's. The County's first avifauna, J.C. Mansel-Pleydell's 'The Birds of Dorsetshire:
A Contribution to the Natural History of the County' (R.H. Porter, London), appeared in 1888.
It was nearly 100 years before the next avifauna was published, by David & Charles, in 1983.
'The Birds of Dorset' by Col. E.D.V. Prendergast and J.V. Boys was followed, 20 years later by
the current avifauna. 'The Birds of Dorset' by George Green, which was aided financially by
The Dorset Bird Club and published by Christopher Helm in 2004.
From the end of the 1870's, regular bird sightings were published annually in the proceedings
of the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society. The Society produced its first dedicated
bird report in 1977.
By 1987 local birdwatchers decided that there was a need for an independent bird club in the
county and The (New) Dorset Bird Club was formed. The Club took over the role of collating
bird records and has produced the annual Dorset Bird Report since then.
The Dorset Bird Club is a membership based
club financed, and run, by its membership.
Please look around the site - if you are not a
member, and are interested in Dorset's birds,
then why not consider joining the Club.