(above) :Volunteers Lynne Thorne and Nicola Browning working on Upton Heath © N Hoar
(below): Southern Cooperative volunteers removing scrub from Upton Heath © Sally Welbourn
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is launching a brand new volunteering programme, giving local people the opportunity to make a difference for wildlife on some of the newly acquired Great Heath Living Landscape sites in East Dorset.
From May to August 2014, 124 people volunteered an impressive 1,332 hours of their time to conservation in East Dorset, but now the new Great Heath sites are under DWT and partners management, even more help is needed.
We are really excited to start working on the new DWT reserves which are now part of The Great Heath, including Happy Bottom and Arrowsmith Coppice.
DWT’s Great Heath Conservation Officer, Sally Wright said, “We are really excited to start working on the new DWT reserves which are now part of The Great Heath, including Happy Bottom and Arrowsmith Coppice. It’s all hands on deck to get started on the conservation work during the winter, and there’s always something to do! This is a chance for local people to play an active role in wildlife conservation for the area, meet like-minded people and get some exercise at the same time. Tasks will include helping with removal of invasive plants such as rhododendron from woodland habitats, and scrub removal from heathland habitats.”
Vital conservation work will allow more birds, mammals and insects to thrive and prosper
Vital conservation work such as removing invasive species will make room for native species to grow and increase the bio diversity of an area, and allow more birds, mammals and insects to thrive and prosper.
Volunteers of all abilities and ages are very welcome
Volunteering activities in East Dorset will take place every Wednesday, starting on Wednesday 1st October from 10am 4pm. Volunteers of all abilities and ages are very welcome, for just an hour, or the whole day. Meet at the Urban Wildlife Centre in Corfe Mullen, (BH21 3RX)
For more information about taking part in this programme, please contact Sally Wright on 01202 692033 and visit the volunteering page on our website here to view a programme of activities over the coming months.
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For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620 or visit the Great Heath website here
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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 opportunites 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.
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