Out and About

New kids on Longleat’s block

VISITORS returning to Longleat on Monday will have the chance to meet the new kids Meet Longleat’s new kids on the blockon the block – a pair of tiny African pygmy goats called Piglet and Peewee. The enchanting female kids were born at the end of March and are now making themselves at home in…

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Take a walk on the wild side

IF you love the natural world and walking and can spare a few hours a week, the Countryside Restoration Trust has the perfect volunteer role for you at its showcase farm at Bere Marsh near Shillingstone in Dorset. It’s a great opportunity to get involved in the transformation project which is now under way at…

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Barn owls have a new roof over their heads

A TEAM of carpenters, tilers and scaffolders have rescued Bere Marsh Farm’s barn owls from winter homelessness in the nick of time. Just a few months after the Countryside Restoration Trust purchased the farm near Shillingstone, an appeal was launched to raise funds to repair the building which has been the barn owls’ home for…

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Light-footed on the Chase

A NEW walking festival on Cranborne Chase, from 18th to 24th September will be “light-footed” with a series of free, safe, socially distanced walks. The first ChalkEscape Walking Festival will take in some of the spectacular landscapes that make up the Chase & Chalke area, with local historians, artists, actors and experts leading the walks. …

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Pretty flamingos at Longleat

THE latest additions to the bird and animal life at Longleat safari park are a host of flamingo chicks. There has been a summer baby boom for the flamboyant pink Chilean flamingos, with 14 chicks already hatched and more on the way. All chicks are born with white plumage, which they keep for around three…

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Seeing red for hedgehogs

HEDGEHOGS are now officially on the Red List of endangered species published by the Mammal Society in July 2020. They are categorised on the list as Vulnerable to Extinction, which means there is still sufficient numbers for the population to return to healthy numbers again.  But that is purely up to us. We have been…

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Chilled out at the Longleat safari park

  KEEPERS at Longleat Safari Park have come up with a selection of unique “ices’ to keep their exotic animals chilled out over the summer. From a “fruit salad” for giraffes to pear and apple lollies for red pandas, these gourmet treats are just what they need in these near-tropical temperatures. A particular favourite among…

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Wildflower verges at Shaftesbury

JUST before the lockdown, Shaftesbury Town Council’s grounds team prepared four sites across the town for sowing with wildflower seeds. The team has now planted different seeds in the trial areas at the Christy’s Lane/ Linden Park junction, a strip on the Royal Chase roundabout, the  A30 Salisbury Road verge and New Road by the…

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House sparrow tops Big Garden Birdwatch

NEARLY half a million people across the UK, including 7,878 in Dorset, spent an hour over the last weekend in January watching the birds that visit their garden or outdoor space as part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, counting nearly eight million birds in total. The results from the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch show…

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