(Above L-R) Dan Boucher, DWT's Nicky Hoar & DWT's manager of The Great Heath project Nicki Brunt © Sally Welbourn
(Below) Nicky Hoar and Dan Boucher out for a walk on Upton Heath © Sally Welbourn
Pupils at Poole Grammar School in Dorset have donated £1,289.66 to the Great Heath Living Landscape project after holding a non-school uniform day.
17 year-old 6th Form student, Dan Boucher, said, “Everybody was really happy to contribute to Dorset Wildlife Trust, and through activities like this and our ‘Green Week’ in May 2015, students can see the importance of looking after the local environment. When we hear a talk about wildlife in Dorset or go out for a walk on heathland, we realise that we are surrounded by wildlife, and we want to help conserve it. Now, when we walk out onto Upton Heath, we can see how Dorset Wildlife Trust is helping wildlife, using the money we’ve raised.”
The non-school uniform day took place as part of ‘Wildlife Week’ in October
The non-school uniform day took place as part of ‘Wildlife Week’ in October, where the school celebrates the importance of looking after our fragile environment and its wildlife. This included a talk about otters from DWT’s Learning and Interpretation Officer for The Great Heath, Nicky Hoar.
Connecting people with nature
Nicky said, “DWT and partners of The Great Heath project are very grateful for the continued support from Poole Grammar School, and for their generous donation. They are very involved with wildlife in Dorset, and it’s great to see the next generation of young adults taking such an interest in conservation. Enthusing local people about wildlife is a big part of the vision of The Great Heath project, which is to connect people with nature.”
These sites provide habitats for many rare and threatened species
Thanks to the grant of £2.7 million from the HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund), Dorset Wildlife Trust and partners have purchased almost 1500 acres of outstanding wildlife habitat to link between the New Forest National Park and the Wild Purbeck Nature Improvement Area (NIA), with high quality access and interpretation for dozens of sites across the area. The areas purchased include parts of Upton Heath, Lytchett Bay, Holes Bay and sites close to Poole Grammar School such as Arrowsmith Coppice and Dunyeats Hill. These sites provide habitats for many rare and threatened species, including the Dartford Warbler and all six UK reptiles, including the nationally rare smooth snake and sand lizard.
To find out how you can get involved with The Great Heath project, visit the website here
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620 or visit: www.thegreatheath.org
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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 opportunites 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.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with £6bn across the UK. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.