Dorset Nature Reserves Fund
Raised So Far: £297.00
The Dorset Nature Reserves Fund needs your help!
To enjoy Dorset's iconic wildlife tomorrow, we need to safeguard it today. Dorset Wildlife Trust works hard to manage, maintain and develop conservation and look after some of the most beautiful places in this unique county. Despite this there is so much more we could do to transform our nature reserves and wild places if we had further resources.
Our new campaign aims to initially raise £25,000 to enhance and bolster our conservation work on our reserves. This will help us to create green corridors, wildlife superhighways, encouraging greater biodiversity at reserves like our Kingcombe Meadows reserve in west Dorset. Whether this is encouraging the spread of important species like pollinators or providing safe havens for our mammals and birds to thrive.
We are also keenly aware that there has never been a bigger disconnect between people and nature. We want to redress this balance by creating a better visitor experience at our reserves like Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. We want to ensure our wildlife can thrive but also encourage a sense of environmental responsibility and ownership, by allowing people to get closer to nature with unique viewing opportunities of our iconic species like red squirrels.
Another aim is to regenerate chalk downlands at Fontmell Down, allowing orchids and butterflies to flourish. Another immediate need for our Dorset Nature Reserves Fund is to regenerate ancient woodland at our haven for rare and endangered wildlife - Brackett's Coppice in north Dorset.
Otters use the stream, dormice scamper about the woodland, and there are also roe deer, brown hare, and several species of bat, including the very rare Bechstein's bat on the reserve. In recent years, we have improved the health of the woodland by removing a dense conifer plantation from part of the nature reserve. We now want to further promote the regeneration of native trees and ancient woodland flora.
This campaign touches on each of Dorset's special habitats, with your help we will improve the quality of these tranquil, green lungs, for now and for future generations.
Thank you for your support. - The Dorset Wildlife Team Conservation Team
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