North Dorset Nature – Episode 14

Our weekly programme devoted to wildlife in Shaftesbury and the villages. This week’s North Dorset Nature is presented by Dee Abbott.

On this week’s show:

  • Wildlife Trusts across the UK are encouraging us to engage with nature and try a wild activity every day in June. We join Alfred’s Alexandra Richards as she and her family try out some of the family-friendly activities in the trusts’ 30 Days Wild Pack. They discover what you can do here in North Dorset and they look forward to the Big Wild Camp Out on 19th June.
  • Mariko Whyte tries some more 30 Days Wild experiences on our doorstep. Find out what wildness the first week of June has brought and maybe some ideas on things to look out for right now!
  • Creature Feature – Nick Crump chats to Mariko Whyte about the painted lady butterfly. This butterfly’s remarkable migration starts in Africa but is done in stages – it doesn’t make the journey in one big trip like the swift. The butterfly lays eggs on thistles as the food source plant of the caterpillar stage. It wraps a protective webbing around itself then spends all the stages of moulting and forming a chrysalis on the one same plant. Amazingly, after it hatches from the chrysalis stage it flies back towards Africa but in a different way to the arrival flight.
  • Wild Encounters With Grass Snakes – On the farm in Motcombe, Natalie Bourchier and Ben Hussey have seen one of Dorset’s six beautiful native reptiles, the grass snake. Did you know that long ago grass snakes and cobras lived alongside each other? They’ve even developed some extremely fascinating defensive strategies because of their coexistence.