|Restoration of wildlife habitats on Portland has received a funding boost from the Island’s famed stone industry. Albion Stone has donated £8000 towards Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Portland’s Living Landscape Project to help restore the rare grassland for wildlife.
Disused quarries across the island are home to exceptional wildlife but these havens are under threat. Fast-growing cotoneaster is one of the invaders smothering rare native plants and lichens and threatening the survival of endangered butterflies and moths, including a unique chalk grassland form of the silver studded blue butterfly, which lives nowhere else in the world.
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s ‘Portland’s Living Landscape’ project, launched last year, is currently restoring up to 200 hectares of internationally important limestone grassland by removing the invaders.
The project is a partnership initiative funded by a commemorative grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and supported by the Court Leet of the Royal Manor of Portland, Portland Bird Observatory, Plantlife, Butterfly Conservation and Natural England.
Sam Hamer, Portland’s Living Landscape Project Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Now that the work of this Project is in full swing, the continued support from local residents and businesses like Albion Stone is enabling us to protect these fragile habitats for the future”.
Michael Poultney the Managing Director at Albion Stone, said:
“the company are delighted to be supporting this valuable project that sits alongside our own restoration plans for the exhausted quarries, with of course mining stone being the future for the industry with its limited impact on the environment”.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is looking for local volunteers to join conservation work parties in Portland’s quarries. Contact Sam Hamer on 07824 874272 or email@example.com or find out more about Portland’s Living Landscape.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
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For more information please contact Sam Hamer at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 07824 874272.
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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 Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
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