(Above) The group helping make bird boxes (L-R Peter Watts, Chris Flynn, Dave Britton and Clive Freeman
(below) Bird box kits completed (below) Members of men's sheds hard at work all © Katie Wilkinson
Members of a local Poole group, ‘Men’s Sheds’ have donated their time and skills to Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) by building over 50 bird boxes for children to use at DWT events.
The group, which has only just been established, spend their time working on projects from restoring bicycles and furniture, to any odd jobs for members of the local community.
Great to spend time together socially, and help wildlife in Dorset!
Secretary of Men’s Sheds in Poole, Alan Hawkins, said, “We were all very keen to volunteer to make some bird boxes for The Great Heath Team at DWT. We enjoy doing that kind of work, and it was great to spend time together socially we all get on very well. It’s also nice to think that our work can make a difference to important conservation work that Dorset Wildlife Trust does in Dorset.”
Great Heath Community Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson, said, “The Men’s Sheds group helped us massively, making over 50 bird box ‘kits’ for us, by cutting up wood to the right lengths and shapes, so we could take it to various events and children could easily make their own bird boxes. We’re really grateful to them for their help, and we hope they enjoyed it!”
Find out more about Men's Sheds
Men’s Sheds in Poole aim to help with the community at large, whilst members of the group can benefit from social contact and take part in a variety of projects at their own pace in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. Everyone is welcome, and the group meets every Wednesday from 10am 12.30 pm at Limelights Youth Centre, Canford Heath (BH17 8PJ). For more information, contact or visit their website here.
How you can help DWT...
To find out how you can volunteer for Dorset Wildlife Trust, in a variety of roles, visit our volunteering information pages or phone 01202 642788.
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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.
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, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. The project is supported by Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Natural England.
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