Above: Wild About Wimborne event © Nicky Hoar
Below: Otter © Stewart Canham, Kingfisher © Wildstock
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is pleased to announce the Wild About Wimborne event is taking place at Minster Green, Wimborne on Saturday 20th September from 10.30am 3.30pm.
There will be a whole host of fun activities going on throughout the day, including face-painting, storytelling, children’s crafts, rush weaving and many more. There will also be a unique opportunity to experience some of the finest local wildlife Dorset has to offer, including the chance to get up close with an owl and some bats, as well as some of the creatures that inhabit the nearby River Allen.
“Wild About Wimborne is a celebration of just how great a place Wimborne is for all types of wildlife."
DWT Conservation Officer and event organiser, Amanda Broom said, “Wild About Wimborne is a celebration of just how great a place Wimborne is for all types of wildlife. The town is home to some of Britain’s best wildlife, including Kingfishers and Otters, and this event is the perfect way to experience that first-hand. So whether you want to build your own bug home, learn some new ‘wild skills’ or just relax and browse our beautiful gift stalls and grab a bite to eat, Wild About Wimborne has something for all the family to enjoy!”
This year we are also sharing news and information about The Great Heath Living Landscape project, as well as Dorset Wildlife Trust’s River Allen Project
This year we are also sharing news and information about The Great Heath Living Landscape project, as well as Dorset Wildlife Trust’s River Allen Project, which is a programme of practical conservation work, designed to improve the river environment for all the wonderful wildlife that inhabits it.
For more information about the event, contact Amanda Broom on 01202 692033 or visit the events page here
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For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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.