(Above) Garden Tour © Knoll Gardens (Below) Otter © Stewart Canham
(Below) Hedgehog © Richard Burkmar (Below) Landscape Garden © Knoll Gardens
UPDATE - 2ND SEPTEMBER 2014 - THE FINAL COUNT!
We've now completed all of the identification and counting of species from the Knoll Garden's Bioblitz, and we're pleased to announce that we counted over ONE HUNDRED species. Here's a list of what we found.
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is leading a Bioblitz at the stunning Knoll Gardens on the 7th August, between 10am- 4pm, to help visitors discover more about the wonderful wildlife the gardens have to offer.
A Bioblitz is designed to record all the wildlife within a specific area, allowing visitors to be wildlife scientists for the day, and also learn the skills to record wildlife in their own gardens. Knoll Gardens is well known for its stunning naturalistic style, and is considered to be one of Dorset’s hidden gems.
"Immerse yourself in nature for a few hours!"
Knoll Gardens Foundation Administrator, Tracy Standish, said, “A Bioblitz is a fantastic way of discovering all the diverse creatures that inhabit the gardens; whether its moths, mammals, bugs or birds, you never know what you might find. Incredibly, in previous years we have seen up to 16 different species of butterfly. You don’t need to be an expert. Anyone can come along and immerse themselves in nature for a few hours. The gardens are an extremely wildlife-friendly environment and in recent years we have seen otters, green woodpeckers and tree bees.”
DWT Great Heath Community Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson, will be giving people the opportunity to get a closer look at small mammals with her monitoring programme: “I will have live small mammals to show visitors after opening the harmless traps that will be set the night before. The small mammals will be released in the morning so come early if you’d like to see these furry animals of the undergrowth up close!’’
This event is part of The Great Heath Living Landscape for people and wildlife. Visitors will also be able to find out more about the Dorset Wildlife Trust ‘Wildlife on your doorstep’ campaign to encourage people to record wildlife in their local green spaces or gardens and help us create up to date records of wildlife numbers in Dorset.
There will also be an opportunity to discover more about the mysterious world of bats as Bat expert Jan Freeborn leads a guided tour during the evening (must be pre-booked). (Prices for the Bat walk are Adults £5, Children £2).
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Admission cost to the gardens is £5.95 per adult and £4.25 per child. Proceeds will be equally shared between Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Knoll Gardens Foundation (www.knollgardensfoundation.org).
For more information on the Bioblitz or to book the bat walk, please call Nicky Hoar on 01202 692033.
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For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
- To provide enhanced opportunities for visitors and local residents to enjoy and learn about the area's fantastic natural heritage
- To improve physical access to local green space close to high density urban areas
- To develop relationships with local landowners in order to enhance conservation management of land in private ownership and to open up access to more greenspace in the area.
- To provide increased involvement and volunteering opportunities for people in a variety of wildlife habitats on the urban margin
- To improve access to the marine environment on the fringes of Poole Harbour to improve its conservation value and increase public awareness and enjoyment
Sites include land at Hampreston and High Mead Lane, Award Road, Ferndown Common, Delph Wood, Arrowsmith Copse, Dunyeats Hill, Corfe Lodge Road, Upton Heath, Beacon Hill, Cottage Farm (Happy Bottom), Ashington Paddock, Barrow Hill, Wimborne Road, Rushcombe Bottom, Parley Common, Tricketts Cross, Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay.
The full Great Heath Living Landscape project will cost will be £4.7 million, we have already secured £2 million and have been awarded £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and need to raise further funds by public appeal.
The Great Heath Living Landscape is a partnership project involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. The project is supported by Bournemouth Borough Council. Christchurch Borough Council, East Dorset District Council and Natural England.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with £6bn across the UK. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.