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North Dorset Nature – Episode 25

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

On this week’s show:

  • Mary Myers reports on a rewilding workshop at Underhill Nature Reserve. She chats to volunteer Harry James about his talk on conservation and the scarcity of rotting wood, a vital resource for wildlife.
  • Tom Perrett has a close encounter with a common blue butterfly on Fontmell Down. He demonstrates how if you sit and wait, wildlife will come to you.
  • Nick Crump chats to Mariko Whyte about the rusty back fern, which was discovered on a wall in Abbey Walk, Shaftesbury. It has an unusual leaf pattern and, as an evergreen, can be seen all year round. We learn about the ancient lineage the fern comes from as part of the spleenworts family.
  • We get a wildlife update from Alex Richards and three-year-old Archie. They take a closer look at the insects enjoying the many colourful flowers in their garden and delight in meeting their resident hedgehog! And they recall a surprise encounter of the slithery kind.