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Tales from the Allen riverbank in new guide
4:00pm Wednesday 17th October 2012 in News
A NEW guide to help local people support the wildlife of one of Dorset’s most precious rivers is now available.
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s new River Allen Users Guide is helping the community, landowners and fishermen to protect what is now recognised as one of Europe’s most important chalk streams – which is home to some of Britain’s rarest river wildlife.
The new guide highlights threatened species including water voles, Atlantic salmon and white clawed crayfish and has tips for anglers, river managers and dog walkers to help prevent the spread of disease, avoid damaging vulnerable nests and burrows, help with wildlife surveys and tips on how to conserve water.
Members of DWT’s Wimborne group have recently raised £450 towards the project and the town’s Waitrose store featured the River Allen in its Community Matters fundraising during September, thanks to the Allendale Centre’s partnership in the project.
The money will be spent on enhancing and reconnecting the river’s habitats and protecting its native wildlife.
Amanda Broom, conservation officer at Dorset Wild-life Trust, said: “The River Allen is such a precious little river. It’s wonderful to see local people really value it and do their bit to help – whether it’s fundraising or following the User’s Guide.”
You can download a free copy of the River Allen guide at dorsetwildlife trust.org.uk/riverallenug or visit or ring Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen, on 01202 692033.