Grassland restoration in west Dorset
Over the last decade DWT has worked to restore and recreate wildlife-rich grasslands in west Dorset involving landowners, partners and many local people.
Kingcombe Nature Reserve © Mark Heighes
We surveyed more than 2,000 hectares of land and gave advice to hundreds of landowners.
Over 100 hectares of new wildflower-rich meadows have been created and many more hectares have been restored, with the support of well over 1,000 days of voluntary work by local people.
In many areas a dynamic cycle of flowering, grazing, intervention and resting has significantly helped the species-rich grasslands. The minerals, trace elements and antibiotic qualities of the herb-rich grass also benefits the meat produced from the grazing animals.
Overall we have been able to positively affect the management, or create grassland, on over 4,040 hectares throughout west Dorset.
Farming and nature conservation can complement each other and work very well together.
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