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Dorset Wildlife Trust

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We have teamed up with the leading local conservation charity, Dorset Wildlife Trust

 

Dedicated to making space for nature, our aim is to ensure Dorset’s wildlife and wild places can adapt, recover, and play their part in tackling the global climate change and ecological crises through nature-based solutions

If you are a Dorset Wildlife Trust member and have a Gaia membership included in your package please log in below and browse discounts

 

***If you are a Dorset Wildlife Trust member, a Gaia membership is included in your package. Please email membership@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk to receive a registration link.’

Brownsea Island Credit Brian Bleese 2018 (1)

Brownsea Island Credit Brian Bleese 2018 (1)

Beaver kit Dorset Wildlife Trust Credit Steve Oliver

Beaver kit Dorset Wildlife Trust Credit Steve Oliver

Bee Orchid Credit Mark Heighes

Bee Orchid Credit Mark Heighes

Marsh Fritillary Credit Mark Heighes (1)

Marsh Fritillary Credit Mark Heighes (1)

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Brownsea Island Credit Stewart Canham-b (2)r

Wild Woodbury One Year In James Burland

Wild Woodbury One Year In James Burland

Yellowhammer - Seb Haggett

Yellowhammer - Seb Haggett

Wildflower meadow Kingcombe National Nture Reserve Hazel Ormrod

Wildflower meadow Kingcombe National Nture Reserve Hazel Ormrod

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St Peters Celebration Hazel Ormrod (1)

As part of our ongoing commitment to  sustainability and giving-back, we are now supporting Dorset Wildlife Trust

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A new strategy for a Wilder Dorset

Dorset Wildlife Trust has launched a brand-new strategy outlining its vision and plans from now until 2030. ‘A Wilder Dorset by 2030’ explores the challenges facing Dorset’s wildlife and ecology and sets out what it aims to do to make more space for wildlife to adapt and recover and to enable all people in Dorset to find space and time for nature in their lives. 

Did you know about all the great benefits you get?

Protect

Over the past year, Dorset Wildlife Trust have restored 6.6 hectares of heathland and woodland and 10 hectares of grassland, laid over 400 metres of hedgerow and created 300 square metres of lagoon habitat

Support

Record numbers of green winged and early spider orchids were recorded at Bracketts Coppice and Townsend nature reserves respectively; lady bird spiders have been re-introduced and have expanded their range by 50% and great crested newts have successfully bred on all six reserves where they have been recorded.

Restore

For the first time in 400 years, beaver kits have been born in Dorset, after a male and female beaver were introduced into an enclosed site on a nature reserve in West Dorset in 2021 as part of a scientific study to assess the impact of beavers on the landscape.

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What does Dorset Wildlife Trust do?

With the support of 27,000 members and hundreds of volunteers, Dorset Wildlife Trust manages 40 nature reserves and four visitor centres across Dorset as well as working in partnership with other conservation charities, landowners, local councils, communities, and businesses to improve the natural environment for the wildlife and people of Dorset.

Our nature reserves are home to many rare and common species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates and also play a vital role as core nature-rich sites from which wildlife can spread. We are working with neighbouring farmers and landowners to help them to manage their land to benefit wildlife too, through measures such as replanting hedgerows, reducing the use of pesticides and restoring ponds. This will create wildlife-rich corridors across Dorset giving wildlife the chance to move freely to feed and breed. There's plenty of evidence that spending time in nature is good for people's health, well-being, and happiness. With this in mind, Dorset Wildlife Trust works to ensure that both people and wildlife benefit from local authority's policy and management decisions. We also provide opportunities for people to act for nature, whether it be volunteering for a work party or beach cleaning, watching our barn owl webcam, taking part in events at our visitor centres or visiting a nature reserve.

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How can you help?

The costs of managing nature reserves rise every year - restoring rivers, woodlands, heathlands, and grasslands, removing invasive species, maintaining walking trails, repairing fences required for conservation grazing, equipment, fuel, materials and all the work that is required to ensure visitors are kept safe and able to enjoy these amazing wild places.

Your donation to Dorset Wildlife Trust will go towards our Nature Reserves Fund, which will directly help us to care for and maintain our nature reserves, some of the most precious sites for wildlife in Dorset. Our nature reserves include areas of ancient woodland, wildflower meadows, precious heathlands, and wetlands. These are habitats which have become increasingly rare in the wider countryside and are filled with vulnerable species.

If you are a Dorset Wildlife Trust member and have a Gaia membership included in your package please log in below and browse discounts

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"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living”. – David Attenborough.

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***If you are a Dorset Wildlife Trust member, a Gaia membership is included in your package. Please email membership@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk to receive a registration link.’

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