Love nature? Join us for Wild About Poole this summer!
Tuesday 21st June 2016
Residents and visitors of Poole and surrounding areas are invited to come and celebrate everything that’s wild about the local environment, with The Great Heath’s roadshow-style event, Wild About Poole, on Saturday 23rd July 2016.
A day of fun wildlife activities, live wildlife demonstrations, bird watching and face painting will be just some of the things the whole family can get involved with to find out more about your next door nature with Dorset Wildlife Trust and partners in The Great Heath.
Get a FREE Wildlife Friendly garden plaque!
The Great Heath Team will also be giving away FREE wildlife friendly garden plaques to those who come and show us photos of the wildlife friendly features in their garden. Winners are asked to proudly display their plaque in their garden in recognition of their efforts to help wildlife.
Everyone is welcome...
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Great Heath Learning and Interpretation Officer, Nicky Hoar, said, “This is a great event for everyone to get involved with – bring your bikes, bring your dog, everyone is welcome! There are lots of different activities, including meeting a barn owl with the New Forest Owl Studio, seeing live moths and reptiles, or having a go at eco-crabbing in the harbour. This will be a great day out in the heart of Poole, surrounded by world-class wildlife both on land and in the sea.”
Open to all from 10am - 4pm at the Baiter on Poole harbour
Wild About Poole is free to attend, open to all from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 23rd July at Poole Harbour Baiter, Harbourside Park, Catalina Drive, BH15 1TQ. There are transport links and parking nearby. For more information, visit our events page here, contact Nicky on or phone 01202 269033.
This event is being run by Borough of Poole and *partners in The Great Heath. Find out more about the Great Heath Wildlife Friendly Garden plaque here.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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:
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, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Partners also include Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Natural England.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) 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.
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