The head of Dorset’s foremost conservation organisation is cycling back through 50 years to find out how Dorset’s countryside, coast and wildlife have changed. Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive, Simon Cripps, is marking the 50th Anniversary of Dorset Wildlife Trust with a two-wheeled road trip around DWT’s 42 reserves, which he hopes to complete in just one week.
What will Simon be doing?
He said: “This will not only be a trip of a lifetime but a journey through the lifetime of conservation in Dorset, in the style of Top Gear meets Coast! A 50th birthday is a great time to take stock and I am looking forward to discovering even more of the county and meeting some of the people who can tell me about the changes they have seen.”
The 42toDO route, specially devised for DWT’s 50th Anniversary this year, is 260 miles long and visits all 42 reserves, taking in some of the most beautiful and hidden parts of the county.
When does the challenge start?
Simon will set out from DWT’s headquarters at Brooklands Farm, Forston on Monday 30th May at 10am, cycling between 35 and 50 miles a day and meeting reserve staff and local people on his journey of discovery. Finishing (he hopes) back at Brooklands Farm on Sunday 7th June, Simon hopes to raise sponsorship on the way to protect Dorset’s wildlife for the future.
Simon added: “We can’t ever take this beautiful county for granted. The rolling flower-covered downs, the internationally rare heathlands, chalk rivers and our outstanding sea life can so easily be lost if we do not pay attention and take action when action is needed. I plan to learn where man has gone wrong and where we have had success and, most importantly, how we can do the right thing by our natural heritage in the future. I hope people will come with me on this journey, by literally cycling along with me, sponsoring me or just following my blog as I travel.”
You can sponsor Simon and follow his journey here.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Simon Cripps at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620 or 07500 104759.
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