North Dorset Constituency

NORTH DORSET - Fontmell Down gigapan © TONY BATES

What’s special and valuable about North Dorset’s natural environment?

The South Wessex Downs, which run diagonally across the constituency, supports some of the most extensive and richest examples of pristine chalk grassland in the county. 

The scattered unimproved grassland and hay meadows collectively make up a hugely important reservoir for wildlife, including the steadily declining bee populations.

The River Stour with its tributaries runs through the heart of the constituency, providing havens for many river and wetland species, from iconic otters and water voles to less well known yet stunning damselflies.

Protecting and restoring nature in North Dorset

Bigger, better, and joined-up spaces for nature: Dorset’s mosaic of habitats has become fragmented. We can’t preserve the wildlife we have unless we restore a network of nature-rich spaces. Innovation, leadership, and collaboration with farmers and other landowners, planners and developers, will help make this shift.

Healthy natural rivers: Rivers and streams can be fantastic natural corridors, but Dorset’s river systems can suffer from poor water quality caused for example by agricultural run-off and sewage discharge. Improving rivers for wildlife, creating wetland habitats and floodplains, and ensuring environmentally sensitive farming in catchments will not only be good for nature, but may reduce our water bills too.

What you can do

Please share the below questions with your local candidates, through social media, email or face to face, and ask other people who care about nature in your constituency, to do the same.  This will give you a basis for keeping the natural environment on their agenda and let them know how important it is to you.  

  1. What will you do to ensure our wildlife is protected and restored after Brexit?
  2. What will you do to ensure that wildlife thrives in our seas once more?
  3. What will you do to ensure we have new farming policies that support nature’s recovery?
  4. What will you do to make sure we move to a low carbon economy?

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