Bournemouth Naturally is an exciting new project aimed at people with an interest in recording and learning about wildlife around the green spaces of Bournemouth.


If you have an interest in  wildlife,  complete novice or experienced naturalist there is something for everyone so please get involved.

The project is based at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society.

We have a programme of events which includes species identification workshops, guided walks, drop in sessions and opportunities to take part in wildlife surveys  See below for full event details.  All events are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Tell Us About About Your Bournemouth Wildlife Sightings!

We need your help to find out about the wildlife that lives in our urban greenspaces. Tell us what wildlife you have spotted in your garden, local park or nature reserve.

Contact project officer Heather Dixon with your wildlife records or to receive a recording form (for full contact details see bottom of webpage)


Alternatively join the Bournemouth Naturally team of recorders using online recording system Living Record. To join/ sign in  please click here:

If you would like help getting started with Living Record contact Heather.

Bournemouth Naturally Guided Walks and Wildlife Workshops

If you would like to learn more about the wildlife living in your local greenspace or how to identify the species that interest you then please come along and join in with our Bournemouth Naturally guided walks or workshops.

Guided Bat walk - Millhams Mead

Saturday 24th May 2014

8.30pm till approx 10pm, meet in car park for Millhams Mead (Millhams Road, BH10 7LW)

Jan Freeborn from Dorset Bat Group will be starting off by giving us an introduction to the life of a bat. As it begins to get dark we will venture onto the reserve to see and hear bat activity using bat detectors provided for the group to share. Might be handy to bring a small torch if you have one.

Butterfly and Dragonfly Identification Workshop

Saturday 31st May 2014

10am till 1.30pm beginning at Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS)

Learn how to identify the butterflies and dragonflies you might see in your garden with our experts Mark Spencer (BNSS) and Andrew Brown (Dorset Dragonflies). The morning will begin with two short talks which will then be followed by a trip to a local greenspace (location to be announced). Please note if you would like to come along to the field visit your own transport will be required or contact Heather to arrange a lift.

Guided Wildflower Walk - Southbourne Overcliff

Saturday 7th June 2014

10am till approx 12pm, meet by wooden shelter off Boscome Overcliff Drive (BH5 1LN, opposite Chessel Avenue).

Come along and find out more about the flowers and plants that can be found on the cliffs in Bournemouth, guided by BNSS botanists.

Stag Beetle Workshop

Saturday 21st June 2014

10am till 12pm at Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS)

Come along and find out more about these magnificent beetles for which Bournemouth is one of very few remaining strongholds. We will be learning about their life cycle and conservation.

Bournemouth Naturally Drop in Sessions:

Drop in sessions for the project are usually held on the first Wed of every month until June 2014 (2pm till 4pm at BNSS). These are informal social afternoons providing an opportunity to come and ask questions about the project, wildlife recording or using Living Record.

Bournemouth Naturally Survey Group


Interested in taking part in wildlife surveys, improving your species identification skills and helping to collect important biological records? All equipment such as nets, ID charts/books and bug pots are provided.  Everyone is welcome to join in, no need to be an expert!

Thanks to all who helped us survey some of Bournemouths greenspaces last year, we have selected a few more we would like to visit this spring and summer. Please come along and get involved.

Survey Group Dates 2014


Dukes Coppice

Wednesday 11th June, 10am till 12pm. Meet at entrance off Leybourne Avenue.

On street parking available in Leybourne Avenue, Kinson BH10 5NR (adjacent to Long Road).

We will be surveying the grassland areas to identify which species of plant and invertebrates are present in this strip of greenspace.



Please contact Project Officer Heather Dixon with any questions, further information about the project or how to get involved.
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For Bournemouth Naturally official launch report and pictures Click here

View issue 1. (winter 2012) of the Bournemouth Naturally newsletter here: BN_Newsletter_Issue_1..pdf

View issue 2. (spring 2013) of the Bournemouth Naturally newsletter here: BN_Newsletter_Issue_2.pdf

View issue 3. (autumn 2013) of the Bournemouth Naturally newsletter here: BN_Newsletter_Issue_3.pdf

View issue 4. (Spring 2014) of the Bournemouth Naturally newsletter here: BN_Newsletter_Issue_4.pdf

View final report (July 2014) from the Project here: BN_Final_Report.pdf

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