Community Board in the Oceanarium © Nicky Hoar (above)
First community wildlife information board launched
The Great Heath Living Landscape project is pleased to have launched its first community notice board at the Bournemouth Oceanarium.
Led by Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT), the Great Heath project has connected thousands of people living in east Dorset with their local wildlife, through events, activities and information boards in the area since its launch in April 2013.
Helping locals and visitors discover the amazing nature of this area
The Great Heath Learning and Interpretation Officer, Nicky Hoar said “We’re really pleased to be working with The Oceanarium, and it’s a fantastic place for our first community board. The Great Heath includes the coastline and seas of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch as well as our heaths, woods and meadows, so we hope the new boards will help locals and visitors to discover the amazing nature of this area and how they can make a difference for wildlife. Thank you to the Oceanarium for blazing the trail!”
Educate and inspire our visitors
Oliver Buttling, Head Aquarist from the Oceanarium said, “The Oceanarium is passionate about conservation and we are always eager to work with local conservation groups and charities. We hope that by displaying The Great Heath noticeboard we can educate and inspire our visitors about the wonderful wildlife right on our doorstep and the great work that Dorset Wildlife Trust co-ordinate”
1500 acres of land purchased in East Dorset
The Great Heath project was launched in April 2014, following a grant of £2.2 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and £2 million raised by partners and the local community. The project then purchased 1500 acres of land in east Dorset, and formed the creation of a partnership to ensure excellent access, interpretation and management of almost 100 sites.
The new community board includes a map of the sites included in the project, and information about how to volunteer. Events and activities organised by the Great Heath will also be displayed on the board on a regular basis.
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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. Partners also include Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils 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.