Out and About

UK’s first “super” National Nature Reserve on Purbeck Heaths

SEVEN landowners – the National Trust, Natural England, RSPB, Forestry England, Rempstone Estate, Dorset Wildlife Trust and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation – have joined forces to create the UK’s largest lowland heath National Nature Reserve on the Purbeck Heaths in Dorset. The new “super “NNR will give greater protection for wildlife in the internationally important…

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Delivery offer from the Gardens Group

THE Gardens Group, which has three garden centres in Sherborne, Poundbury and Yeovil, is taking extra steps to help customers during the coronavirus crisis. The garden centres, and the Brimsmore farm-shop at Yeovil, are following the Covid19 guidelines to assist customers who have been advised to self-isolate or are following social distancing measures so that…

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Apple trees provide habitats for wildlife

MORE than 50 apple trees have been planted at Montacute House, expanding orchards that provide vital habitat for wildlife in the south west. The trees are part of the Tidnor National Collection of more than 150 varieties, which was saved by the National Trust in 2016. Orchards have been planted at Barrington Court and Tintinhull…

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Show-stopping snowdrops at Shaftesbury and Kingston Lacy

THE weather in February can be grim – there’s a reason it’s called “February fill-dike” in old weather lore – but the spectacular snowdrop displays around Shaftesbury, during the town’s Snowdrop Festival, and at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy estate bring a smile to every face. Visitors to Kingston Lacy can enjoy the one and a…

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Counting birds with RSPB Arne

THE Big Garden Bird Watch, organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is the world’s largest wildlife survey. This year it takes place over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January, and there is an invitation to join staff and volunteers at the RSPB’s Arne reserve on Poole Harbour to…

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Look out for raptors at Arne

ON Wednesdays in January, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is hosting raptor roost watches, a chance for the public to take part in dusk walks on the lookout for kestrels, merlins, short-eared owls, marsh harriers and even the elusive hen harrier, one of the most endangered birds of prey in the…

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Dark skies over Cranborne Chase AONB

CRANBORNE Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has officially become an International Dark Sky Reserve – the first AONB to receive this formal designation and only the 14th reserve across the globe. The Chase, which extends from Dorset into Wiltshire, Hampshire and a small area in Somerset, joins an exclusive club of International Union for…

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National Trust announces first beaver reintroductions

THE National Trust has announced plans to release Eurasian beavers[at two sites in the south of England next spring to help with flood management and to improve biodiversity. The beaver reintroductions will be the Trust’s first, linking to its ambitions to create priority habitats for nature and to increase the diversity of species and wildlife…

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Stroll with Dorset Wildlife Trust

DECEMBER  with Dorset Wildlife Trust continues with on Monday 30th December, with the Holes Bay stroll, 10.30am to 1.30pm, to view the salt marsh surrounding Holes Bay. Visit to Upton Country park and tearooms. Meet at Upton House car park. Contact Ken Yeates on 07947 141539. Pictured: Geese and other waterfowl on the edge of…

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