Wildlife protected for years to come after 1,500 acres of land purchased

OUTSTANDING: Lytchett Bay

OUTSTANDING: Lytchett Bay

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ALMOST 1,500 acres of outstanding wildlife habitat has been secured by Dorset Wildlife Trust as part of its major new conservation project.

With a grant of £2.7million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £2m from local fundraising, 20 lots have been bought for the Great Heath Living Landscape project in East Dorset, Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.

The areas purchased include Lytchett Bay, Upton Heath, Holes Bay, Parley Common and Ferndown Common, which provide habitats for many rare and threatened species including the Dartford Warbler and all six UK reptiles including the nationally rare smooth snake and sand lizard.

The project will link two outstanding areas of natural heritage, the New Forest National Park to the Wild Purbeck Nature Improvement Area.

DWT’s director of operations, Brian Bleese said: “The purchase of this land is a real investment in the future of Dorset’s heritage, and will make a huge contribution to the quality of our natural environment for decades to come.

“We are very excited about taking the project into the next phase to help local people and communities benefit from the wealth of wildlife around them.”

Now the land has been bought, a three-year access and engagement project will begin across the Great Heath Living Landscape to create hundreds of new opportunities for people to enjoy and help conserve the natural environment.

These include a programme of events and activities to allow people to learn new skills, enjoy the countryside, meet new people, and volunteer to help wildlife.

The project is a partnership of DWT, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service and Amphibian and Reptile Trust.

It is supported by the councils of Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset and Natural England.

Funds are still being sought and to find out more or donate go to dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/the_great_heath

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6:05pm Tue 15 Apr 14

skysurfer says...

All very nice to buy this land.
But it would also be nice to know from WHOM it was bought.
What's happened to journalism?
All very nice to buy this land. But it would also be nice to know from WHOM it was bought. What's happened to journalism? skysurfer
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6:20pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

Nice. A good thing.

But........my conservation trust in the US (very local) has acquired land gifts greater than this without spending a penny. It is called a tax write-off for the donor.

Does UK tax work against those who wish to make a major donation to a registered charity?
Nice. A good thing. But........my conservation trust in the US (very local) has acquired land gifts greater than this without spending a penny. It is called a tax write-off for the donor. Does UK tax work against those who wish to make a major donation to a registered charity? Yankee1
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12:29pm Wed 16 Apr 14

a.g.o.g. says...

Let us hope that NE does not replicate there the `care` of the NATURAL Environment seemingly demanded by The NT on its nearby Banks Estate gift of that supposed NNR & SSSI of Studland Heath where young and healthy ``Lungs of the Earth`` all felled sometimes by the hundreds each visitor-quiet Winter whilst the mature and withering are left to die another day with no replacement in sight.
The same goes for healthy gorse that decorates the Spring-time hills and hummocks which is being scorched to ashes despite it being a resource and refuge for the visiting and resident birds and other fauna including those lizards which thereby become all the rarer. Do they have a love of that Bracken that soon steps in these `carers` of The Wild or just their jobs of then having to try and rid the Heath of that as well - by poisoning??.
Job creation at its most destructive!
Let us hope that NE does not replicate there the `care` of the NATURAL Environment seemingly demanded by The NT on its nearby Banks Estate gift of that supposed NNR & SSSI of Studland Heath where young and healthy ``Lungs of the Earth`` all felled sometimes by the hundreds each visitor-quiet Winter whilst the mature and withering are left to die another day with no replacement in sight. The same goes for healthy gorse that decorates the Spring-time hills and hummocks which is being scorched to ashes despite it being a resource and refuge for the visiting and resident birds and other fauna including those lizards which thereby become all the rarer. Do they have a love of that Bracken that soon steps in these `carers` of The Wild or just their jobs of then having to try and rid the Heath of that as well - by poisoning??. Job creation at its most destructive! a.g.o.g.
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