|Read article||02-08-20||Six barn owl chicks have hatched on Dorset Council farms||
SIX owl chicks have been found in barn owl boxes on farms.
11 barn owl boxes have been installed in trees and barns on Dorset Council farms over the last two years and now 25 per cent of Dorset Council farms have an owl box. When the boxes were checked last month, six chicks…
|Read article||29-07-20||Bridport residents are being asked for their views on plans for the future management of Jellyfields and Bothenhamptom Nature Reserve.||
Ownership of the two beauty spots will soon be transferred from Dorset Council to Bridport Town Council.
They are working with Bothenhampton and Walditch Parish Councils to produce new 10-year management plans for the two important wildlife sites.
|Read article||24-07-20||Red kites make ‘triumphant comeback’ to England in just three decades||
The return of red kites has been hailed as a “triumphant comeback” 30 years on from the start of the scheme to reintroduce the bird to England’s skies.
In what environmental experts say may be the biggest species success story in UK conservation history, the once-vanished bird…
|Read article||03-06-20||Endangered species of seahorse returns to former Dorset stronghold||
The spiny seahorse has returned to its former stronghold in Dorset as a result of a reduction in people and boat traffic due to coronavirus lockdown measures.
Marine conservationists carried out a regular survey dive at Studland Bay, where they found 16 seahorses including…
|Read article||01-06-20||Dorset residents invited on weekend conservation event in bid to save stag beetles||
A WILDLIFE charity is inviting Dorset residents to a Stag Weekend next month and to celebrate and save threatened stag beetles.
People's Trust For Endangered Species (PTES) is encouraging anyone with a garden or an allotment to help the UK's largest land beetle, the stag, by recording…
|Read article||27-05-20||Peregrine falcons thrive in Corfe Castle Covid-19 lockdown||
PEREGRINE falcons are nesting in the ancient ruins of Corfe Castle for the first time since the 1980s – and experts believe we have the lockdown to thank.
Eight weeks after the National Trust closed the historic site to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, it has been…
|Read article||23-05-20||Wareham Forest fire flare-ups continue to spread after six days||
More than 150 firefighters remain at Wareham Forest dealing with hotspots and flare-ups. About 500 acres (200 hectares) have so far been damaged.
A helicopter was brought in to "water bomb" the area as smoke drifted as far as Bournemouth.
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue…
|Read article||12-05-20||A large area of Bourne Valley Nature Reserve was destroyed||
AN arson investigation has been launched following a fire at Bourne Valley Nature Reserve. Now police have appealed for help to identify a teenage boy seen emerging from bushes shortly before the fire started. Dorset Police received a report from the fire service at around 6pm on Saturday May…
|Read article||09-05-20||Barn owl chicks at Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve in Weymouth hatch live on webcam||
Viewers have been given a treat after the first of five barn owl chicks hatched live on a webcam. The remaining four eggs are expected to hatch any day now, says Dorset Wildlife Trust which set up the webcam at its Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve in Weymouth. The first egg was laid on April 7…
|Read article||10-04-20||Reduced mowing of road verges could see wildflowers bloom||
Oxeye daisies, harebells and other wildflowers could have their best summer for years if councils reduce roadside verge mowing, experts have said. The UK’s more than 310,000 miles of rural road verges have become a refuge for wildflowers squeezed out of the wider countryside, but often fall…
|Read article||08-04-20||Small bird populations on the increase in Dorset says RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch||
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch shows that the milder winter in 2019 has helped small garden birds in Dorset. The 41st RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch took place in January this year and involved bird watchers spending an hour a day counting the numbers and types of birds that landed in their garden…
|Read article||08-04-20||Rare wildlife killed as nature reserve ravaged by fire||
HUNDREDS of rare animals and plants were destroyed in a fire on a nature reserve. Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) say the fire on Winfrith Heath nature reserve on Sunday destroyed 1.2 hectares of wildlife habitat, equivalent to the size of roughly two football pitches. Five fire crews from…
|Read article||02-04-20||Survey finds 61 bee and wasp species at Silverlake, Dorset||
SEVENTEEN new bee species and four new wasp species have been recorded at Silverlake in Dorset for the first time. This discovery was made through a survey conducted by Bryan Edwards from the Dorset Environmental Records Centre (DERC). The site, which was originally rich in aculeate fauna…
|Read article||21-03-20||Butterflies bounce back to their best year in over 20 years||
MORE than half of the UK's butterflies enjoyed their best year in a decade during 2019, official figures have revealed. The annual UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme led by Lulworth-based Butterfly Conservation, the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the British Trust for Ornithology and…
|Read article||19-03-20||Upgrade for popular UK nature sanctuary||
One of the UK’s most popular wildlife tourism destinations is getting a back-to-nature makeover. Conservationists have teamed up to triple the size of a nature sanctuary on Purbeck Heath by adding private land to three existing reserves. It will create the largest lowland heathland in England…
|Read article||18-03-20||UK’s first 'super' national nature reserve created in Dorset||
Purbeck Heath in Dorset. Seven landowners are joining forces to create what they are billing as the UK’s first ‘super national nature reserve’. Photograph: Millie Pilkington/The Guardian It is a rich, complex landscape, a mosaic of heaths, woods, mires, reed beds, salt marsh and dunes that are…
|Read article||15-03-20||On the verge: a quiet roadside revolution is boosting wildflowers||
In 2014, Giles Nicholson was battling the growing year from hell. A mild winter followed by a warm, wet spring had turbocharged a ferocious mass of cow parsley, nettles and dense grass along the hundreds of miles of road his team maintains for Dorset council. Austerity meant there was barely…
|Read article||11-03-20||Dorset's heathlands to be given extra protection||
FURTHER protection for Dorset’s heathlands should result from a new policy document about to be finalised by the county’s two unitary councils. Dorset Council cabinet member for planning Cllr David Walsh says the document, which takes heathland planning policy to 2025, is an important move…
|Read article||11-03-20||Restoring farmland ponds supports declining bird species||
Restoring ponds on farms could help boost farmland birds as well as wetland wildlife, research suggests. Since the 1950s, many ponds which were once a common feature in the farmed landscape have been filled in to reclaim more land for farming or have not been managed. This has left them…
|Read article||21-02-20||Record number of godwits on Brownsea Island||
MORE than 3,000 black-tailed godwits were seen on Brownsea Island in December, a new record for Dorset. Wardens on the island reported sightings of 3,700 godwits on the lagoon and their numbers remained high throughout January. The black-tailed godwit is a rare breeding bird in the UK that…
|Read article||20-02-20||Some insects, lichen and moss bucking trends in UK nature declines||
Some insects, lichen and mosses are bucking the trend of UK wildlife declines with the help of measures to improve air and water quality, research suggests. Scientists looked at the distribution of thousands of species from dragonflies to ants and lichen which have not been closely studied, to…
|Read article||20-02-20||£1.9m National Lottery investment coming to Upton Country Park||
UPTON Country Park supporters are celebrating after the attraction secured £1.9 million of National Lottery cash. Now the estate can press ahead with a number of planned upgrades, which include the recreation of historical pleasure grounds and pathways. A new welcome centre, repairs to…
|Read article||27-11-19||DWT suggests log shelters as a way to support wildlife in your garden||
The Dorset Wildlife Trust is suggesting a way in which people can help wildlife - by building a log shelter. The trust says that log shelters can help insects thrive, which will in turn attract birds, hedgehogs and frogs looking for food. Nature enthusiasts who puts up a log shelter might be…
|Read article||27-11-19||Otter deaths rising in Dorset during bad weather||
MORE otters are dying in Dorset, wildlife campaigners say. Bosses from the Dorset Wildlife Trust have warned that the creatures are dying on roads as recent rainfall left them unable to swim under bridges in rivers. Small ditches and streams are also holding more water, enabling otters to…
|Read article||22-11-19||Beavers set to return to Dorset after hundreds of years||
The Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has plans to reintroduce a species that hasn't been seen in the county for hundreds of years - the beaver. Beavers were once hunted to extinction in the UK and parts of Europe, but plans are in place to bring them back to certain areas. The DWT, which…
|Read article||17-11-19||Sociable crows are healthier, research suggests||
Crows living in large social groups are healthier than those with fewer social interactions, a study has suggested. Researchers said it is possible that close social bonds reduce stress levels in the birds, making them less susceptible to parasites. They say their findings challenge the commonly…
|Read article||17-11-19||Huge decline in insect numbers will have 'far-reaching consequences', expert warns||
DRASTIC declines in insect numbers will have 'far reaching consequences' for wildlife and people, experts are warning. A new report commissioned by Wildlife Trusts, which includes the Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT), says the decline in insects will cause knock-on losses for birds, bats…
|Read article||17-11-19||Lichens ‘much younger than scientists previously thought’||
Most people have seen lichen, whether they know it or not. For those not in the know, it is that crusty, mouldy looking stuff often seen on trees or rocks. And to those in the know, it’s a combination of algae and fungi living together almost as if they were one organism. Either way, lichens are…
|Read article||08-11-19||Cow put down after nature reserve dog attack||
A cow had to be put down after being attacked by a dog on a nature reserve in Dorset. The Galloway Steer suffered serious face injuries in the incident in Tadnoll Heath, near Winfrith, where it was found on Thursday. Dorset Wildlife Trust, which manages the site, said the cow had since been…
|Read article||08-11-19||Farmland and woodland bird numbers continue to decline||
Populations of birds in farmland and woodlands are continuing to decline, official figures show. Birds which breed and feed on the 75% of UK land which is farmed have seen declines of 55% since 1970s, with the majority of the falls taking place between the late 1970s and 1980s as farmland…