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Dolphin Watch Hut and Volunteer
Dolphin Watch Hut and volunteer

 Weather Data Entry
Monitoring weather data

 Visitor Centre Volunteer
Staffing the information desk


Friends of Durlston

The Friends of Durlston are a diverse, friendly group established in 1988 to provide opportunities for local, regular and occasional visitors to support and play a role in the management of Durlston Country Park. The group now boasts over 700 members, making it one of the largest and most active groups in the area.

Some Friends are active and enthusiastic volunteers, others are less actively involved but still enjoy the monthly newsletter, regular meetings and many other membership benefits.

The support of the Friends has been a key factor in retaining high quality services at Durlston.

Awards such as being designated a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a 'Special Area of Conservation' and being voted 'Britains Favourite Country Park' highlight the continuing success of Durlston's management and are a fitting reward for all the conservation and survey work carried out by Friends.


  • Social Events : A Friends Evening is held at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of most months. Enjoy a varied programme of talks from guest speakers, catch up with Park news and wildlife sightings, share your views and ideas with the Rangers or just take the chance to socialise and have a cup of tea and coffee … just come along.
  • Discounts : Reduced rates for Car Parking, Guided Walks, Events and in the Cafe.
  • Active Involvement : Many Friends enjoy an active role at Durlston. Friends are involved in almost every aspect of managing this unique site – from joining our weekly practical work parties, staffing the Visitor Centre, checking nest-boxes, designing displays or putting on events, fundraising - whatever your skills or interests, there are plenty of ways to join in! No experience necessary as full training is provided.
  • Committee Representation : Each year a small group of Friends are elected to the Executive Committee, who have a direct say in the management of Durlston.
  • Simple Satisfaction! Some Friends play a quiet role, attending the occasional meeting and receiving the newsletters – simply by joining Friends of Durlston, you are helping to conserve and enhance one of England’s most important sites for wildlife and geology.

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