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“Simon says” – How green is your belt?
If the broadsheet newspapers are to be believed recently, England is heading towards an era of urban sprawl and environmental degradation as developers get access to sacrosanct green belt land.  The Telegraph talked last month about 300,000 new homes in 14 green belts, and The Times last week revealed that Ministers had been urged to […]
Wildlife Skills communications week in Devon
Last week we went on our second residential of the traineeship, down to Devon. It was a great week filled with important training where we learnt new skills and challenged ourselves. Over the course of the week we got up to a variety of activities. Monday On our arrival in Okehampton it was good to […]
“Simon says” – Marine Protected Features
In this blog at the beginning of each month I hope to be giving some topical insights into what goes on behind the scenes in conservation and environment.  I will try and be thought-provoking and sometimes even controversial, but I hope not divisive.  The views expressed here are not necessarily the policy of DWT, but […]
Batty about Bats
Bats are scary, or at least that is what a lot of people think. Many people have the image of bats flying into their hair and sucking the blood of unsuspecting victims! When in reality they do very little, if anything, scary. As part of our training, all the trainees went to live on on Brownsea Island […]
Fungi and Fish Forays
All around us the Autumnal indicators are becoming evident: the leaves of the trees are changing to beautiful rustic and golden hues, the wonderful wildflowers are being replaced by fabulous fungi and over-wintering visitors such as Spoonbills are taking up residence on the Brownsea Island reserve. I’ve had a great week, out and about learning lots of new things as ever. Recently I’ve […]
The Challenges of Chainsaws
An important element of the Wildlife Skills Traineeship is that we all grab the opportunity to train and develop a plethora of skills and qualifications that will enable us to gain employment and importantly become effective players within the conservation sector. The past few months have been filled with learning and skill development for all of the Dorset Trainees but for […]
Here we go – Cohort 3!
From the 1st of July, myself and 3 other nature crazed trainees joined the Dorset Wildlife Trust as part of the Wildlife Skills Traineeship funded by the Heritage Lottery ‘Skills for the Future’ programme. We each got positions across Dorset, either in a community engagement or practical based role. The hope is that we will gain an enormous […]
“Simon Says” – Gardening the wilderness
In this new blog at the beginning of each month I hope to be giving some insights into what goes on behind the scenes in conservation and environment.  I will try and be thought-provoking and sometimes even controversial, but I hope not divisive.  In conservation many things are not as simple as they appear. The […]
“Simon Says” – A new blog entry from DWT’s Chief Executive, Simon Cripps.
In this new blog at the beginning of each month I hope to be giving some insights into what goes on behind the scenes in conservation and environment.  I will sometimes be thought-provoking and even controversial, but I hope not divisive.  In conservation many things are not as simple as they appear. The views expressed […]
Stomping Through Somerset!
Who can believe that we trainees have just been on our FINAL residential?! Certainly not us! A couple of weeks ago we spent an incredible 5 days in Somerset’s Mendips, seeing the sights, learning about project development, admiring the wildlife and becoming very well acquainted with rocks…   Monday: After leaving behind Dorset, we arrived […]

 

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