(Above) Azure Damselfly © Nigel Brooks (Below) Broad bodied chaser © Nigel Brooks
and Emperor Dragonfly © Ken Dolbear (MBE)
We're offering a chance to discover the dazzling dragonflies of Upton Heath this spring half term. On The Great Heath Dragonfly Safari, families can find out more about these incredible and beautiful insects, with dragonfly activities and a walk to look for the real thing at a top dragonfly site.
Come and join us as we search the heath for these mini winged dragons
Nicky Hoar, The Great Heath Learning and Interpretation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Come and join us as we search the heath for these mini winged dragons. Find out why this is such a special place for them and take home your own dragonfly activity and spotter sheet.”
The Great Heath Living Landscape has purchased 1,500 acres of wildlife rich land for the benefit of people and wildlife in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset and this event is the start of many opportunities for people of all ages to get involved.
"With our partners, we want to bring people closer to the wildlife around us so that we can all enjoy it and protect it.”
Nicky added: “We are excited to be launching this very first event in The Great Heath Living Landscape project. With our partners, we want to bring people closer to the wildlife around us so that we can all enjoy it and protect it.”
Top spot for dragonflies!
Upton Heath has been named as a top site for dragonflies in Britain, with 25 species recorded, from the daintiest damselflies to magnificent dragonflies like the broad bodied chaser and the emperor.
The event is part of The Great Heath Living Landscape project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, partners and public appeal
The Great Heath Dragonfly Safari, suitable for all ages, is on Tuesday 27th May from 10am to 1pm. Suggested donation £2 per child. Meet at the Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill Rd, Corfe Mullen BH21 3RX.
For more information ring 01202 692033. No unaccompanied children, please. The event is part of The Great Heath Living Landscape project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, partners and public appeal. Click here for more information.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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 opportunities 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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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 or click here to visit their website.