Dorset Wildlife Trust celebrates Upton Heath this May by discovering the history of our very rare Dorset heathlands, and the incredible wildlife that lives on them. All the family is invited to join in with traditional heathland crafts as well as exploring the secretive and rare wildlife hidden within the heathers and gorse.
The Upton Heath History Day celebrates both the wildlife and the people that have made heathlands so special over thousands of years
Heathland is a beautiful and diverse habitat for wildlife, but it has also long been linked with traditional livelihoods and history throughout Dorset. The Upton Heath History Day celebrates both the wildlife and the people that have made heathlands so special over thousands of years. As well as wildlife walks, pond dipping and meeting the grazing ponies, time-honoured heathland crafts will be on offer for all the family to try, such as besom (traditional ‘witches’ brooms) making and flint knapping, the crafting of tools from stone. The day will also host storytelling, archaeology and freshly baked bread from a traditional clay oven.
Amanda Broom, Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust said “Heathlands are incredibly rare habitats which are home to unique and threatened wildlife, such as the enigmatic nightjar and smooth snake. We have lost 80% of our heathlands in the last 200 years, which makes sites like Upton Heath even more precious. Heathlands are man-made habitats that have always been linked to people. This event celebrates the heritage of our heathlands as well as showing why now, more than ever, people are important to the future of these landscapes.”
This event is part of a series of “Our History” events to celebrate 100 years of The Wildlife Trusts
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Upton Heath History Day is on May 19th, 10am till 4pm. This event is part of a series of “Our History” events to celebrate 100 years of The Wildlife Trusts. Please bring your photos and share your stories of this truly special place. Free and no booking necessary. Meet at Springdale Road Car Park, Corfe Mullen, BH21 3QN. For more information please call 01202 692033
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For more information please contact Amanda Broom at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01202692033.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
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.
Upton Heath today - Tony Bates
Furze Collecting - Courtesy of Poole Museum
Dartford Warbler - Colin Smith