Look, see and ID with a new survey group
Thursday 10th March 2016
(Above) DWT staff and volunteers on a survey © Katie Wilkinson
The Great Heath Living Landscape project is looking for new people to join a wildlife survey group, giving local people a chance to learn more about wildlife, and help Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) monitor wildlife in east Dorset.
The Great Heath project, which is funded by the HLF, aims to bring people and wildlife together and helps local communities to recognise the benefits of spending time with nature. It also gives people the tools to be able to help protect wildlife, and make a difference on a practical level. The £4.7 million pound project allowed Dorset Wildlife Trust and partners to purchase 1500 acres of land in east Dorset to secure nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife and enjoyment of people.
Learn in a friendly and relaxed way
The Great Heath Community Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson explains more, “Some people may feel daunted by going to a nature reserve, or learning about wildlife from a guide book. By joining the group, people with all levels of wildlife knowledge can learn in a friendly and relaxed way from DWT staff and local experts. There’s no pressure, we just want people to come along and see what they can learn!”
Ask the experts about your wildlife encounters!
Each week there will be a different wildlife theme, such as moths, small mammals, or butterflies, so those taking part will develop knowledge gradually about their local wild spaces. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experts about other wildlife you encounter on the walks.
Enjoy some open space and a walk
There is also the opportunity to simply join a walk around an open space and learn more about the wildlife and habitat that can be found there, rather than take part with the survey.
Find out more
Alternatively please contact Katie Wilkinson on 01202 692033 for more information about this project.
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 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:
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.
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.
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