Dorset Bird Club


Neil Gartshore

Neil Gartshore


Offshore Wind Farm Proposal

(‘Navitus Bay Wind Park’)


* The location of this proposed wind farm is approximately 8.9 miles south-east

  of Durlston Head, Swanage;


* The current proposals are for up to 218 turbines (depending on the generating

  capacity of the turbines);


* The turbines could be up to 200m high to the tip of the rotor. The wind farm will

  cover an area of 175 square kilometres;


* Electricity will be brought ashore between Barton on Sea and Milford on Sea  

  and taken via an underground cable to a new sub-station close to West Moors

  and Three Legged Cross.


The Dorset Bird Club has concerns about the potential affects this wind farm will have on the bird life of this important part of the Dorset coast for breeding, wintering and passage seabirds and birds on migration.





Help the BTO to monitor your local breeding birds.


The Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is a national scheme run by the BTO that was launched in 1994 to monitor the populations of over 100 species of British birds. The survey is jointly funded by the BTO, RSPB and JNCC and the results give an important indication of the health of our countryside.

A network of birdwatchers across the UK count birds during the breeding season in randomly-located 1km squares of the Ordnance Survey National Grid. The same squares are monitored each year and the data are published in the annual BBS report and used to inform conservation action.

This year in Dorset, we have 17 squares that need to be covered, so we’re looking for birdwatchers to join our team of dedicated volunteers and monitor the breeding birds in these areas. You don’t need to be an expert to take part, just the ability to identify common bird species by sight and sound.

The survey involves 3 trips to your allocated square, once in March to scope out the area, then two early morning visits between April and June to record any birds that you hear or see. You may need to seek permission from landowners to survey, but don’t let this put you off! We can provide a BTO letter of introduction, and most people are happy to oblige.


The available squares are:


SU0804 - West Moors

ST5103 - Cox’s Gorse, near Corscombe and Beaminster

ST5505 - East Chelborough

ST5603 - Evershot

ST8002 - Crincombe Bottom, near Milton Abbas

ST8203 - Charity Wood, near Winterbourne Strickland

ST8210 - Shillingstone

ST8326 - King’s Court Wood, near Gillingham

ST8528 - Near Sedgehill

ST8529 - Near Sedgehill

ST8718 - Compton Abbas

SY7299 - Near Piddletrenthide

SY8296 - Between Bere Regis and Milborne St Andrew

SY8694 - Near Milbourne St Andrew

SY9390 - Sandford

SZ1095 - Throop, Bournemouth

SZ1998 - Bransgore


For more information on the survey and how to take part, please visit: www.bto.org/bbs or contact Claire Young, BTO Regional Rep for Dorset – dorsetbto@gmail.com – 07740 457992