Hundreds ‘Pull a Pine’ saving RSPB Arne near Wareham £25k

Bournemouth Echo: OH XMAS TREE: Louise Downing and her daughter Madison at the annual Pull a Pine for Christmas event at the RSPB reserve, Arne OH XMAS TREE: Louise Downing and her daughter Madison at the annual Pull a Pine for Christmas event at the RSPB reserve, Arne

MORE than 2,000 people took part in RSPB Arne’s annual ‘Pull a Pine for Christmas’ event this year.

Around 40 hectares of heathland was cleared of small pine trees by the volunteers, who – according to event organisers – will have saved the nature reserve approximately £25,000.

Rob Farrington, of the RSPB, said: “It’s just a win, win situation really. Visitors were able to take home a Christmas Tree-sized pine for free, and the RSPB saves time and money on clearing trees themselves, meaning funds are freed up to do more for wildlife in the area.

“It was brilliant, twice as big as any previous event has been. We had 2,021 people who signed in over the day.

“We think we’ve cleared about 40 hectares of heath, which is massive. It would have taken us probably a couple of years to have done it ourselves, as we’ve only got a tiny team, and this saves us about £25,000 which can be now be spent on doing something else for the wildlife.”

The project took place at the wildlife reserve near Wareham, 10am to 4pm, on Saturday. Every year thousands of pine trees have to be removed by hand to maintain the rare habitat.

Rob said: “The heathland habitat we have here at Arne is rarer than tropical rainforest. Over the last 200 years we have seen a massive 80 per cent reduction in Dorset alone.

“Heathland is not wasteland – it may look barren and bare but it is the most bio-diverse habitat in the UK.

“That is, more species of wildlife call heathland home than any other type of environment.”

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2:24pm Wed 11 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

Deforestation in the name of nature conservation? Interesting concept! Are these invasive pines then?
Deforestation in the name of nature conservation? Interesting concept! Are these invasive pines then? speedy231278

3:33pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Lewcee says...

Just shows us how "natural" heathland is....not.
Just shows us how "natural" heathland is....not. Lewcee

6:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Carolyn43 says...

Lewcee wrote:
Just shows us how "natural" heathland is....not.
You're quite right. Don't thin the pines and it will eventually become a pine forest unsuitable for the current wild flora and fauna, which would gradually die out.
.......
So what do we want heathland or a pine forest?
[quote][p][bold]Lewcee[/bold] wrote: Just shows us how "natural" heathland is....not.[/p][/quote]You're quite right. Don't thin the pines and it will eventually become a pine forest unsuitable for the current wild flora and fauna, which would gradually die out. ....... So what do we want heathland or a pine forest? Carolyn43

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