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North Dorset Nature – Episode 19

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

On this week’s show:

  • We head to Motcombe where Natalie Bourchier and Ben Hussey tell us about the commonly found bird which is recognised as an ‘ecosystem engineer’. Jays have played a key role in the movement and propagation of the European oak.
  • Colin Elford OBE, a Forestry Commission Ranger, leads Dee Abbott round Stubhamptom Bottom Wood to show her how the forest is now managed with wildlife conservation in mind.
  • The barn owl is widespread across the world but, in the UK, it still has a tough time with a fairly high mortality rate. Why is this? What can finding an owl pellet tell us? We learn about the call and the dispersal distances of the owl. They are very successful hunters – we learn what advantages and disadvantages they have. So, does that make them territorial in guarding their patch? Learn what we can do to help them.