Countryside

Volunteers Encouraging Rare Reptiles Back To Shaftesbury’s Breach Common

A team of volunteers and professional ecologists has been clearing ponds at Breach Common, to encourage great crested newts. It is hoped that regular maintenance activity could increase the range of wildlife present. Alfred went along last Friday, before the lockdown restrictions.

Back To Nature – Plans To Restore Wildlife At Shaftesbury Farm

A Shaftesbury couple wants to transform their French Mill Lane farm into a natural habitat, rich with birds, plants and wildlife. This ‘rewilding’ project, which will address the climate emergency. Alfred’s Keri Jones visited.

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Top TV Wildlife Producer To Share Observations On British Birds During Shaftesbury Talk

Shaftesbury will be treated to an evening of interesting, unexpected tales about Britain’s best-loved birds at The Grosvenor Arms next week. BAFTA-winning Springwatch producer and president of Somerset Wildlife Trust, Stephen Moss, spoke with Alfred.

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Organisers Of New Shaftesbury-Area Walking Festival Want Your Route Recommendations

A new walking festival will be held in the countryside around Shaftesbury later this year. Organisers say walk highlights could include Iron Age forts, Neolithic earthworks and a Roman road. Jon Woolcott from Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty told Alfred that volunteer guides are being recruited, too.

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Gillingham And Shaftesbury Show Announce 2020 Plans With ‘Early Bird’ Ticket Price Cut

It’s six months since James Cox was appointed secretary of the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show. James says his plans for the 2020 event include more local producers, performing pigs and reduced-price tickets for early online bookers.

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Free Training For Teachers To Inspire Pupils About Shaftesbury Area’s Rich History

Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty wants children to appreciate the history on Shaftesbury’s doorstep. They are inviting schoolteachers to brush up on their local knowledge in a workshop – and they will pay for supply staff cover, so teachers can attend.

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Respected Nature Writer To Be Shaftesbury Book Festival Patron

The Town Council has welcomed plans for Shaftesbury’s new literary festival. During Tuesday’s meeting, they heard that the programme for November’s event reads like a ‘who’s who’ of British countryside and nature writing.

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New Shaftesbury To Wareham Walking Route Launches With Special Events In March

A new rambling route between Wareham and Shaftesbury will be launched with a series of special events in March. Shaftesbury Town Council has supported the initiative after some councillors recognised the walk’s tourism potential.

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New Shaftesbury Guided Walks Programme Starts With Snowdrops

A programme of themed Shaftesbury walks will launch in February. The organiser aims to guide visitors and residents around our stunning viewpoints, and the first monthly event will showcase the impressive snowdrop displays around the town.

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Lottery Grant For Countryside Project Bordering Shaftesbury

The National Lottery has this week awarded just under £62,000 to Dorset Wildlife Trust to highlight the heritage, landscape and wildlife of land between Shaftesbury and Gillingham.

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