Dorset Wildlife Trust is celebrating a boost for wildlife in rural Dorset, following an award of £201,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new community-led project. The 3-year Look Again project aims to help community groups in Dorset’s rural parishes and market towns to learn about, enjoy and improve their wildlife areas, including gardens, churchyards, village greens and school grounds.
The conservation charity aims to help many more communities across the county
The Look Again funding award follows the establishment of several pilot projects across rural Dorset last summer, when Dorset Wildlife Trust worked with community groups in Blandford, Bere Regis, Cann, Winterborne Whitechurch and others to demonstrate how local people’s enthusiasm and knowledge could get new wildlife initiatives off the ground with support from DWT. Now the conservation charity aims to help many more communities across the county and to train individual Wildlife Champions to take a lead in their local town or village.
Joy Wallis, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Through Look Again we will be able to instigate, lend support, offer advice and train new community groups, groups of neighbours and the Wildlife Champions to rediscover the natural heritage of their neighbourhood. We already know from the pilot project that these small wildlife sites within a village or town can not only be part of an important overall habitat for wildlife but can also help to bring the people of a community together in looking after and enjoying them.”
How to get involved
If you live in rural Dorset and have gardens, churchyards, road verges, community green spaces, school grounds, local woodlands or important trees, village ponds, orchards, etc., or would like to know what wildlife can be found in your local area, Joy would like to hear from you.
If you would like to be trained as your local Wildlife Champion, through an accredited Unit Award Scheme, to lead and inspire others in your local community to conserve natural heritage, visit dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlifechamps or contact Joy on
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01305 264620.
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About Dorset Wildlife Trust www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
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.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. 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 over 33,000 projects, allocating £4.9billion across the UK, including over £453milllion to the South West alone. Website: www.hlf.org.uk
About Look Again
Helping Dorset’s Rural Communities Rediscover their Natural Heritage
Look Again, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund is a 3 year community-led project in North Dorset, West Dorset and Purbeck to help local communities to learn about, enjoy and improve their wildlife spaces.
Joy Wallis, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust - Nicky Hoar
Look Again will see community wildlife initiatives, such as this recent pond survey at Cann near Shaftesbury, going ahead from west Dorset to Purbeck - Joy Wallis