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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Biodiversity Recovery Workshops

In February 2021, Dorset LNP ran two Biodiversity Recovery workshops, one for terrestrial and one for marine biodiversity. The aim of the sessions was to begin preparing for development of the Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS), coming through the Environment Bill. The workshops focused on the statement of biodiversity priorities element of the future strategies. …

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Nature Recovery in Weymouth and Portland

As part of a project funded by Natural England, the LNP has supported some nature recovery preparatory in Weymouth and Portland. A webinar was held in July 2021 to report on the work. The presentations are available below. Introduction to NRN project and NE funding – Maria Clarke Weymouth and Portland Corridors and Stepping Stones …

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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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Dorset Annual Forum 2021

The 2021 Annual Forum was held on 4 March, via Zoom due to the pandemic. A Recording of the Annual Forum is now available (see time-stamps for individual speakers below) – presentations are also available below. 9.30        Welcome and Introduction to the Forum – Luke Rake (Chairman, Dorset LNP) (0:0:00) 9.40        Value of Nature Recovery …

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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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Biodiversity Audits

Dorset Environmental Record Centre and Dorset Wildlife Trust have produced updated biodiversity audits for Dorset LNP. These documents will inform future work such as the development of Local Nature Recovery Networks (coming out of the Environment Bill). Biodiversity Audit 2021 Audit Species Spreadsheet 2021 Marine Biodiversity Audit 2021 (to be added shortly) For more information …

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