A group of Broadstone children have given a much-needed boost to fire-damaged Upton Heath, following an appeal from Dorset Wildlife Trust. Erika Dovey, aged 9, and her friends Lucy Cooke, Lucy Sturgess and Lauren Powell, decided to take action after learning about heathland at Broadstone First School with staff from the Urban Heaths Partnership (UHP).
Local support for wildlife conservation
The four friends were so impressed with the heathland wildlife of their local area that they set out to raise money for the Upton Heath Appeal to restore the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve that was damaged by fire in June. Staff at Broadstone First School allowed them to hold a fundraising and awareness event at the school summer fete where they sold cakes, raffled a lizard cake and told their schoolfriends about the precious and rare wildlife of heathland.
Rachel Pearce, from the Urban Heaths Partnership, said: “It is so important to have local support for our work conserving the wildlife of our heathlands, particularly with the increasing urban pressures. The fact that Erika and her friends decided to raise this money using their own initiative and enthusiasm is fantastic.”
The Urban Heaths Partnership, which includes Dorset Wildlife Trust and other conservation bodies, local authorities and the emergency services, works to protect heaths in the urban area, assisting wardens by regular patrols and educating local young people against arson, destruction and disturbance.
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Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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.
Left to right: Nigel Brooks, DWT, Erika Dovey, Lucy Cooke, Andy Fale DWT and Rachel Pearce UHP. Taken at the Urban Wildlife Centre where the girls handed over a bag containing the money for the Upton Heath Appeal
Erika Dovey and Lucy Cooke show the poster they made for their fundraising event