(Above) Hedgehog © Richard Burkmar (below) Redpoll birds on bird feeder © Ken Dolbear, MBE.
The Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) ‘Go wild in your garden’ event, in partnership with Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown, will be held on Monday 27th October, to help local people to learn about wildlife friendly gardening.
This event is part of The Great Heath Living Landscape, which aims to connect urban wild spaces in Dorset to help garden wildlife, such as hedgehogs, birds and vital pollinators.
There are things to be done in the garden the whole year round...
DWT Great Heath Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson, said, “This event aims to encourage people to get out in their gardens or local green spaces, and utilise that space for their own enjoyment and for the benefit of wildlife. DWT’s ‘Make Wildlife Welcome’ campaign has also just been launched, so this event is helping to spread the word that there are things to be done in a wildlife garden all year round.”
Wildlife advice and tips
Activities for children will include making bug hotels and bird feeders from recycled materials, and face painting. Wildlife experts will be on hand to give advice and information on how to start gardening for wildlife, or to talk about new ideas and tips for more experienced gardeners.
Help spread the message
The ‘Go wild in your garden’ promotion follows Haskin’s donation of £5000 to support DWT’s Great Heath project. Matt Hill, General Manager at the Haskins Garden Centre, said, “DWT’s promotion to homeowners of the need to encourage wildlife to flourish will be immediately recognised by many of our customers. We want to help spread the message to Go Wild in the garden! Many already plant to encourage bees and Butterflies as well as other insects that help to create a food chain that in turn encourages birds and mammals.”
Go wild in your garden is a free event to attend from 9am 3pm on Monday 27th October at the Haskins Garden Centre, Ferndown (BH22 9DG). Suggested donation for activities, £3. For more information, phone 01202 692033 or visit our events page here.
Make Wildlife welcome in your garden
To find out more about how to ‘Make Wildlife Welcome’ for just £3 a month with Dorset Wildlife Trust, and receive a free book, ‘The Wildlife Gardener’ by Kate Bradbury, visit our information page.
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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.
Pledge to make wildlife welcome in your garden by donating just £3 a month to support the conservation work of Dorset Wildlife Trust and we'll send you our special wildlife gardening starter pack, including:
- A FREE copy of the fantastic The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury (RRP £14.99)
- Two packets of wildflower seeds great for bees and butterflies
- A specially themed 'Wildlife welcome' window sticker to show your neighbours that you've taken the pledge to make wildlife welcome in your garden
- Six of our very own wildlife gardening leaflets, including information on alternatives to pesticides and pellets, how to create ponds and your very own miniature wildflower meadows
- Instant access to our free winter wildlife gardening downloads - perfect for the upcoming months
You will also receive full membership of Dorset Wildlife Trust, which includes a subscription to Dorset Wildlife magazine, a guide to all 42 nature reserves, local events guide and car sticker to show your support!
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.
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