Annual Forum 2020

Planning for Nature’s Recovery in Dorset

Although Dorset has some of the richest wildlife hotspots in the country and a wealth of biodiversity, some species and habitats have declined as much in Dorset as throughout the rest of England. Strong partnership working and conservation effort in Dorset has resulted in several local exemplars of how to address and reverse some of the declines.

Our vision is for a thriving natural Dorset where nature starts to recover, flourishing in larger, wilder and more resilient spaces and more work is needed to deliver nature recovery in the county.

Forum Aim

  1. To bring the Dorset LNP Forum members together as a force for nature
  2. To engage stakeholders in nature recovery planning for Dorset


9.00        Registration and Refreshments

9.30        Welcome and Introduction to the ForumSimon Cripps (Chairman, Dorset LNP)

9.40        The scale of the challenge: Introducing the Voices for Dorset ReportSimon Cripps

9.50        A younger perspective to nature recovery and the climate and ecological emergenciesMollie Taylor (MSc Student, Bournemouth University)

10.05     Planning for Nature Recovery: Setting the contextTom Munro (Manager, Dorset AONB)

10.25     The New Forest Land Advice Service – our work to help nature recover and thrive in and around the National Park Julie Melin-Stubbs (Wildlife and Conservation Manager, New Forest National Park Authority)      

10.45     Refreshments and networking

11.15     Workshop session (introduced by Tom Munro)

  • What does a nature recovery plan need in it?
  • Who should be part of the plan-making process?
  • How can we ensure an AONB NRP links to the rest of Dorset?
  • Do we need to monitor progress in delivery, and if so, how?  What are appropriate measures of success?

12.25     Feedback from workshop

12.35     Q&A session – Chaired by Will Bond (LNP Vice Chair)

Panel Members: Mollie Taylor, Tom Munro, Julie Melin-Stubbs, Clr Felicity Rice (BCP Council) (Apologies received from Cllr Ray Bryan (Dorset Council))

12.55     Summary and Next Steps – Simon Cripps

13.00     Close

Event Report

Download Voices for Dorset here.

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Welcome and Introduction
Workshop Session
Panel Session