(Above) Holes Bay looking West by Tony Bates
Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole and Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) are delighted to launch the Holes Bay Nature Park in Poole today.
The Nature Park is a new initiative to bring together landowners, local communities and local businesses to enjoy and help to look after this very special place. It will bring local people closer to nature and ensure the habitat is managed for the benefit of the huge variety of wildlife in the area.
A fabulous area in the commercial heart of Poole
DWT Chief Executive, Simon Cripps, said, “Holes Bay is a fabulous wildlife area at the commercial heart of Poole. The Nature Park will consist of nature reserves, specialist bird sensitive areas and newly designated shellfish refuges to help protect wildlife. It also includes footpaths, cycle tracks, Upton Country Park, marinas and boat moorings, which means that local communities and visitors can also enjoy the natural environment.”
A wealth of internationally important wildlife...
Internationally important birds are present in huge numbers in autumn, winter and spring at Holes Bay. Redshanks, which are ‘amber’ status (a species of European Concern) also frequent the area. The mud found at Holes Bay supports over 80 species, including fish and the king rag worm.
A valuable habitat for wildlife
Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: “Holes Bay is a valuable habitat for wildlife, supporting significant populations of over-wintering birds such as avocets, black-tailed godwits, shelducks and wigeon. The Council is committed to managing Poole's natural environments responsibly and we look forward to working with partner organisations to preserve Holes Bay Nature Park as a legacy for future generations to enjoy."
A fantastic place for the public to visit
Commenting on the new nature park, Poole Harbour Commissioners’ Chief Executive, Jim Stewart added: “We’re very pleased to be involved with the Great Heath Project and working alongside Dorset Wildlife Trust. Holes Bay Nature Park is a fantastic public place and a great addition to Poole. As guardians of Poole Harbour, conservation is an interest we take very seriously. We feel it is important to work closely with local people in order to protect the natural environment for future generations. This location is a stunning, if somewhat unappreciated, part of Poole Harbour and it is great to see a number of local organisations working together to make it more accessible for the public to enjoy.”
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This fantastic opportunity to create a network of protected land and habitat has been made possible by the acquisition of land through The Great Heath Living Landscape Project, funded by HLF. The organisations involved with the Holes Bay Nature Park are hoping to involve other landowners and stakeholders in this exciting new initiative.
To find out more about the Holes Bay Nature Park and get involved, visit our information page or phone 01305 264620.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620 or visit The Great Heath website.
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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.