Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund

Working in Partnership for Dorset's Natural Heritage

Heritage Lottery Fund support for the work of Dorset Wildlife Trust has made an enormous difference to natural heritage conservation in Dorset. From buying land and supporting a variety of capital works on nature reserves to providing the resources to help engage young people in enjoying, conserving and learning about our natural heritage, the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the millions of people who buy lottery tickets every week, has been invaluable in enabling the Dorset Wildlife Trust to turn many of its ambitious plans into reality.

A total of almost £1.3 million in grants has been made to the Dorset Wildlife Trust including one of over £700k to carry out capital works on 17 nature reserves around the county. These works varied from major habitat projects such as the Purbeck Bat Project to the reintroduction of grazing on many heathland nature reserves. Access and interpretation was also improved on many reserves.

In addition to capital works project Heritage Lottery Fund grants have helped Dorset Wildlife Trust purchase major new nature reserves such as Winfrith Heath and Lorton Meadows. A number of strategic extensions to existing reserves have also been made possible. Kingcombe Meadows, Upton Heath and Bracketts Coppice have all been enlarged thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund support.

Involving young people in natural heritage activities is an important part of Dorset Wildlife Trust's People and Wildlife work. A grant from the HLF Young Roots Programme has enabled us to equip the new Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre as a base for young people to enjoy, learn about and help to conserve our natural heritage.

Our long and productive relationship with the Heritage Lottery Fund continues. Through the provision of a Project Planning Grant the Heritage Lottery Fund is currently supporting our 'New Frontiers' project. New Frontiers is about engaging new audiences and people from excluded and disadvantaged backgrounds in natural heritage activities.

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