Dorset Wildlife Trust receives over £180k of funding for Portland and Kimmeridge projects
Monday 3rd April 2017
It has been announced today that Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) will receive over £180k of funding for the Portland Quarries Nature Park and the development of the Fine Foundation Marine Centre in Kimmeridge, thanks to the Coastal Communities Fund, part of the Big Lottery.
The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.
The Portland Quarry Nature Park will be a high quality visitor attraction
The Portland Quarries Nature Park is a network of important coastal sites, including the DWT Tout and Kingbarrow nature reserves. This funding will help establish the nature park as a year- round, high quality visitor attraction, benefitting local business and helping to create new jobs, as well as maintaining high quality habitat for wildlife and for local people to enjoy on their doorstop. The funding will help the project by making access improvements, development of local volunteers and contractors support and new information about Portland’s natural and cultural heritage.
A new 3D seabed is planned for the Marine Centre at Kimmeridge
The Kimmeridge ‘Welcome Hub’ will see the transformation of the Marine Centre in Kimmeridge into a gateway to the Marine Protected Area (MPA’s) in Purbeck and east Dorset. New innovative displays will update the current interpretation, including a 3D seabed, mapping data from the Dorset Integrated Seabed Mapping Survey (DORIS) to provide virtual access and enabling visitors to explore the seabed in a new and exciting way. A new seasonal engagement officer will also be employed to spend time with visitors and the local community to spread the marine conservation message.
'The natural and cultural heritage of Dorset is one of its greatest assets'
DWT Director of Operations, Brian Bleese, said, “We are delighted to receive this funding. The natural and cultural heritage of Dorset is one of its greatest assets, but in places like Kimmeridge and Portland, it can often be hidden from view and overlooked. Projects like these will enhance these areas for the local people living there but also establish them as a high-quality visitor destination, helping the local economy and enabling us to manage the land for the benefit of wildlife and people.”
Interested in getting involved?
To Find out how to get involved with these projects, phone DWT on 01305 264620 for more information.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
The Big Lottery Fund – Distributes millions of pounds of the National Lottery’s good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK. Find out more about the Big Lottery Fund here.
The Coastal Communities Fund is part of The Big Lottery Fund which is designed to promote sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal communities. Click here for more information about this funding project.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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 26,500 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.
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