Out and About

Groups want stronger environmental protection

FOUR West Country environment and conservation charities have got together to make a combined call for better protection and enhancement of our natural environment alongside planning of new homes and roads Avon Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, the RSPB and the Woodland Trust are calling for changes to protect nature and wildlife in the proposed…

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Longleat helps rescue project for rare spider

LONGLEAT has joined an international rescue programme to try and save a critically endangered species of wolf spider which lives in one remote area of an uninhabited island. It’s thought that only around 4,000 Desertas wolf spiders survive in the wild within a small valley on Desertas Grande, part of an archipelago off the south…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in February

FEBRUARY is an amazing month for bird-watching and there will be plenty to see with Dorset Wildlife Trust activities during the month. Saturday 3rd – Opticron Optics Day at Chesil, 10am to 4pm; Rob Laughton from Opticron will be on hand to give expert advice on optics. Try out a large range of binoculars and…

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Snowdrops bloom early at Dyrham Park

EARLY snowdrops are flowering in the National Trust’s Dyrham Park, near Bath. They were first spotted between Christmas and New Year and can now be admired in front of the 17th century house and terraces and in the garden. The white flowers tend to bloom in January and February and pave the way for the…

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Wildlife wonders at Moors Valley

STUNNING images of wildlife across the country are on show at Moors Valley country park near Ringwood in the annual exhibition of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA). The images were selected from thousands of entries and raise awareness about biodiversity, British species and their habitats. Alongside amazing close-ups, incredible underwater images and revealing habitat…

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Improving the wild flower grassland at Stonehenge

DISTINCTIVE patches of brown grass at Stonehenge stand out among the green fields but these areas will soon be richer in wild flowers, thanks to the addition of seeds collected from Salisbury Plain. It is more than 15 years since the start of one of Europe’s largest grassland restoration projects in the Stonehenge landscape. National…

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Wassailing at Glastonbury Tor

ONE of Somerset’s ancient traditions is celebrated at Glastonbury Tor on Saturday 13th January, from 2 to 6pm, as the National Trust holds a wassail at Avalon Orchard to celebrate the New Year. It’s a chance to take a tour of the Tor and learn about its mythical history, sing around the trees, hear stories…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in January

HAPPY New Year and welcome to our January choice of events with Dorset Wildlife Trust. For full details and for information on regular working parties visit the website www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk Saturday 6th – Poole Harbour Cruise, Brownsea Landing, 10am to 2pm, Poole Harbour Bird Boats showcase the second largest harbour in the world, and its islands…

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Restoring Bankes’ Venetian confection

CONSERVATORS have been working on an important ceiling at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy, and research for the project has revealed more about the complex story of perhaps William John Bankes’ proudest achievement. In the two to three years before quitting England for exile on the Continent in 1841, Bankes saw his Golden Room (later…

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A 17th-century Christmas at Dyrham Park

DYRHAM Park celebrates its rich 300 year history this year, giving visitors a flavour of Christmas past as it embraces its 17th-century roots. From 1st December, festive greenery prepared by volunteers from leaves and berries gathered from the garden will adorn the house, church and courtyard – taking the place of a Christmas tree. There…

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