Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Bournemouth and Christchurch Members’ Group have joined forces with Bournemouth Borough Council in a partnership to protect some of Bournemouth’s most beautiful and unspoilt wildlife habitats.
Dorset Wildlife Trust volunteers have now undertaken the job of surveying the landscape for rare wildlife, such as the elusive brown hare
In May 2010 Bournemouth Borough Council took on the management of the Hicks Farm area near the River Stour following many years of agricultural use. Dorset Wildlife Trust volunteers have now undertaken the job of surveying the landscape for rare wildlife, such as the elusive brown hare.
Richard Hesketh, PR and Volunteers Officer at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “This fantastic area adjoining the River Stour has meadows, some old hedges and some superb old oak and ash trees. The river habitat has otters, kingfishers, herons, egrets and other wildlife. Buzzards are a regular sight over the meadows. This area also has brown hares, possibly one of the only places in Bournemouth, but these have not been sighted for some time and it is hoped that the Dorset Wildlife Trust volunteers will be able to get out onto the site and look for them. We are looking forward to getting a better picture of the flora and fauna of this area thanks to the involvement of Dorset Wildlife Trust”.
There is now extra concern about the effects of the environmental drought on a wide range of wildlife that depends on the River Stour
The volunteers have formed The Hicks Farm Wildlife Group and have already completed some preliminary recording of birds and plants, looked for signs of otters and planted new hedges, as well as restoring lost hedges to increase wildlife habitats in the area. Council owned cattle are now also grazing the site to restore the meadows for wildlife. There is now extra concern about the effects of the environmental drought on a wide range of wildlife that depends on the River Stour, and the surveys will help to monitor this.
Amanda Broom, Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “This is brilliant work by our volunteers, taking action for wildlife in their local area. The more that we survey for wildlife and collect records, even for the common species, the more we can do to look after the wildlife and protect it for the future.”
To find out more about volunteering for wildlife and your local nature reserves, visit Dorset Wildlife Trust’s volunteering pages, just click here or call 01202 692033.
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