(Above) Garden at the BNSS © Katherine West (below) BNSS Museum Room © Katherine West
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is pleased to be taking part in the Bournemouth Natural Science Society’s (BNSS) open day on Saturday 11th April, with a series of wildlife gardening workshops.
DWT experts will be available all day, on hand to offer wildlife friendly gardening advice, with hands-on workshops, question and answer sessions and stalls to inspire local people to look after their gardens with wildlife in mind.
Do your bit to look after willdife
DWT’s Great Heath Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson, said, “This spring, The Great Heath Team is encouraging everyone to get out in their gardens or local green spaces and do their bit to look after wildlife. By making just a few changes or additions, such as making a space for wildlife in your garden, it will make a difference. It will also make a difference to you studies show that being outside and getting exercise can improve both physical and mental health.”
Refreshments available over looking the gardens
The open day is an opportunity for visitors to explore the BNSS museum collections, from geology to Egyptology, and see what the society has to offer. There will be craft activities for children, as well as live insect demonstrations and pond dipping! Tea, coffee and cakes will be available in the Museum room, with a lovely view overlooking the activities in the garden.
Take a look at the museum and garden
Communications Officer for BNSS, Katherine West, said, “We are very excited to be opening our doors once again and welcoming people in to look at our wonderful museum and garden. Our volunteers are very enthusiastic about our collections, and sharing them with the public. The open days are one of our most popular events. Working with Dorset Wildlife Trust and other local organisations gives this open day another dimension, and we are very pleased to be working in partnership with them.”
11th April from 2pm - 4pm - Come on down!
The event will run from 10am 4pm on Saturday 11th April at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3NS. Entrance is free. For more information, contact Katie Wilkinson on 01202 692033. For more information about the BNSS, visit The BNSS website or contact or 07786080025.
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 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 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.