Pastoral views of Dorset

The articles below are the views of the authors and may not represent the views of the whole LNP Board

Coppicing & Conservation

Pete Etheridge, Greenwood Ecology & Countryside Management and Dorset Coppice Group Coppicing has been practised in the UK for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. In 1905 (decades after the peak in coppicing activity), it was estimated that there was somewhere in the region of 230,000 ha of actively managed coppiced woodland within the UK …

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Speckled Footman and the Heaths of Hope

Durwyn Liley, Footprint Ecology Speckled Footman might seem a bit of a nerdy subject for this blog – but this enigmatic species has got me hooked.  The moth is Red Listed (critically endangered) and while it has probably always been rare, historically it was recorded from across Dorset and the New Forest.  The Dorset Moths …

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What Does Climate Change mean for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole?

Angela Pooley – Co-ordinator East Dorset FoE & LNP Board Member and Dr Martin Price – East Dorset Friends of the Earth Panel Discussion at Bournemouth University, 6 November 2021 “Bio-change and sea-level rise will destroy a major, fundamental part of the economy of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole”. These were the opening comments of Local …

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Protecting and enhancing our water environment

Ruth Barden, Wessex Water Dorset is blessed with a beautiful and diverse landscape from Chalk downland and streams, to wet woodland, heathland habitats and the coast.  This landscape is a product of its geological formation and our influence through agriculture, industry and domestication.  Therefore, the nature and quality of our environment also reflects these interactions. …

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Right Tree in the Right Place

Jon Burgess, Forestry Commission With the increasingly imperative need to sequester carbon to mitigate the worst effects of climate change there is a huge push to plant more trees. It was quickly understood that the planting of trees should follow the mantra of Right Tree in the Right Place for the Right Reason to ensure …

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Woodlands, Biodiversity & Healthy Communities

Pete Etheridge, Dorset Coppice Group Woodlands are one of the UK’s most highly prized and valued habitats that offer a sanctuary for both wildlife and people alike. Here in Dorset, we are fortunate to have a wide range of woodland types, from coppiced woodlands to high forest, commercial plantations to wet alder carr. Many of …

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If we designed our urban roads around teenager transport needs, would it benefit wildlife in our towns?

Cllr Felicity Rice, BCP Council & Independent LNP Board Member BCP and Dorset councils are developing their local plans.  These are 3-5 yr long pieces of work which have obvious implications on wildlife, such as biodiversity targets on individual plots or greenbelt release, or managing SANG’s or SSRI’s.  However, in order for us to all …

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Land values, conservation and politics

Will Bond, Alaska Ecological Contracting Ltd There is a common assumption that lower land values would benefit conservation: it seems common sense. But is it correct? As the UK re-appraises its land management strategies post Brexit, there is an opportunity to reconsider the impact that land values have on our relationship with, and uses of, …

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Access and Nature Conservation

Durwyn Liley, Footprint Ecology Access and nature conservation overlap in a particular way in England.  Some of the best countryside sites for recreation are also some of the most important for nature conservation.  Some semi-natural habitats have open access and many sites managed for nature conservation have car-parks, trails and a range of opportunities for …

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What have insects ever done for us?

Imogen Davenport, Dorset Wildlife Trust The UK has over 20,000 species of insect, but their numbers are declining sharply. In Dorset over 8,000 species have been recorded over time – no doubt an under-estimate but some 20% of these are now under various categories of threat, are rare, protected or indeed extinct. Some of our …

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