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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.