DWT runs free event for National Lottery players
Monday 26th November 2018
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Great Heath team is running a free beginners’ bird watching event for National Lottery players on Monday 3rd December at Holes Bay, Poole.
This is one of the hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded projects across the UK, saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.
The idea is simple: any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard, can attend the event, which would usually be £5, for free.
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 partnership then purchased 1500 acres of land in east Dorset, and worked together to ensure excellent access, interpretation and management of almost 100 sites.
Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: "This campaign is a fantastic way for National Lottery projects to give back to the players who support them every week, raising millions of pounds for good causes. There are hundreds of venues hosting events up and down the country, so I encourage everyone to get out there and take advantage of what is on in their area."
DWT Community Conservation Officer, Nicky Hoar, said, “Without funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund the fantastic successes of The Great Heath Living Landscape project would not have been possible. We are very grateful to them, and the players of the National Lottery, for helping the project partners to purchase land at Holes Bay to protect it for wildlife and people. It is a great place to see birds at this time of year and this event is our way of saying thank you, and hopefully starting a new interest for many people who have never tried birdwatching before.”
Join us on Monday 3rd December from 10am until 12pm to discover the wonders of bird watching with a winter walk in the Holes Bay Nature Park. The event is FREE to National Lottery players. £5 per person for non-ticket holders. Includes festive mince pie! Booking is essential on 01202 692033 or email .
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre 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. Dorset Wildlife Trust registered charity number: 200222.
The Great Heath Living Landscape Project
The Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
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.
The National Lottery
National Lottery players raise, on average, £30 million each week for projects all over the country. In total £38 billion has been raised for Good Causes since The National Lottery began in 1994 and more than 535,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the majority (70 per cent) of which are for £10,000 or less, helping small projects make a big difference in their community!
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery #NationalLottery
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