The man whose ride around Dorset’s nature reserves 15 years ago was the inspiration for this year’s new countywide cycle route has vowed to do it again. Now President of Dorset Wildlife Trust and aged “15 years older”, Tony Bates first cycled around Dorset Wildlife Trust’s reserves in 1996, raising £1200 in sponsorship to help with the purchase of the Brooklands Farm Conservation Centre and completing the ride in two weeks. Now he is tackling the new 42toDO route, launched this year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Dorset Wildlife Trust and linking all of its 42 nature reserves.
Tony Bates said: “It was certainly easier 15 years ago, with fewer reserves and I was a bit younger! For our 50th Anniversary 42toDO I intend to do the same and beat both time and sponsorship. I’ve always been a keen cyclist and it is a challenge to do the whole lot again this time around and more!. It is even more important now to raise funds to protect wildlife into the future and I hope people will sponsor me on this epic journey through this most wonderful county.”
More about Tony
Tony Bates, who lives in Bere Regis, was Chairman of Dorset Wildlife Trust for 12 years prior to becoming President following the death of Helen Brotherton. An engineer by profession, Tony is a keen naturalist and an accomplished photographer, whose photographs have just been published in the new book ‘Dorset A Naturalist’s County’. He has been a leading conservationist for many years and continues to inspire people with a love of nature in his role as President of Dorset’s leading conservation organisation.
You can sponsor Tony and follow his progress at here or ring Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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