Roadside verges project

Miniature nature reserves

How often have you seen the colourful springtime spectacle of bluebells, primroses or wild garlic alongside the road? Species like these can remain when any sign of nearby woodland has long disappeared. Many verges are now miniature nature reserves. Some may be remnant pieces of unimproved grassland, others heathland or woodland. The richest verges are home to a remarkable variety of wildlife.

Wildlife refuges

As well as providing wildlife refuges, verges act as ‘wildlife corridors’ forming an intricate habitat network, often linking larger areas of conservation value and enabling less mobile species to move about safely.

Watchful eyes - how you can help

There are over 100 Roadside Verges across Dorset which are noted for their wildlife interest. They are particularly vulnerable to the simplest form of damage, such as being cut at the wrong time of year. Local people are needed to keep a watchful eye on them.

Would you be willing to check a verge near you at least once a year, noting any species of interest, looking for signs of invasive scrub, decline in species or inappropriate cutting or other management problems, such as the verge marker sign being damaged?

Currently a small number of verges is adopted and we require more volunteers. So go ahead and Adopt-a-verge! You don’t need to be an expert in plant identification, just keen to protect your local wildlife.

To get involved please contact Dorset Wildlife Trust, Brooklands Farm, Forston, Dorchester, Dorset. DT2 7AA Tel: 01305 264620 or email

You can also download our leaflet Wildlife on the Edge

Roadside Verge Survey in the South Dorset Ridgeway area

Verges are being surveyed during the summer of 2014 and sections identified for enhancement and special management to improve their wildlife interest. If you are interested in helping with this 5 year project, contact Sharron Abbott:

Follow this link for more information about the South Dorset Ridgeway Partnership Project

Adonis Blue Male - K Dolbear

Adonis Blue Male - by Ken Dolbear


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