Blandford Forum ), commonly Blandford, is a market town on the River Stour in Dorset, England. The town is noted for its Georgian architecture. In the 2001 Census the town had a population of 8,760. Blandford is the administrative headquarters of North Dorset District Council. Blandford Camp, a military base, is sited on the hills a mile to the east of the town.An unpleasant local resident is 'The Blandford Fly', a biting insect. In recent years the weed beds in the river have been sprayed to stop it breeding.