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North Dorset Nature – Episode 16

Our weekly programme devoted to wildlife in Shaftesbury and the villages, presented by Dee Abbott. 

On this week’s show:

  • Nick Crump chats to Mariko Whyte about the fascinating life cycle of the glow worm. Most of their lives are spent in the larval stage, where they have a specific diet that can last several years. Luckily, we do have glow worms in the Alfred area. The females can’t fly so their range is limited to just a few metres. Now is a good time to look out for them, discover where and when to see them.
  • Dee Abbott alerts us to a few creatures to look and listen out for this month and next – meadow grasshoppers that are easy to spot because some are bright pink, pipistrelle bat pups that, relatively speaking, are the size of a five-year-old when born and toadlets that move in vast waves from water to land.
  • Alex Richards and her family build a camp in the woods from whatever they can find lying around. Alex’s husband Neal, an expert in survival skills, shares his top tips for building a shelter in the wild.
  • Mariko Whyte shares her ’30 Days Wild’ diary as she tries to engage with nature each day during June. Mariko goes wildlife watching at dusk on Melbury Hill. She enjoys the tranquillity of the downs once the chatter of the swifts dies down. One of Mariko’s experiences was indoors – she watched Brigit Strawbridge Howard’s ‘inspiring’ Planet Shaftesbury bee talk online.