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North Dorset Nature – Episode 8

Listen to our weekly programme devoted to Wildlife in Shaftesbury and the villages. North Dorset Nature is presented by Dee Abbott.

On this week’s show:

  • Conservation charity Plantlife is inviting us to take their Cowslip Survey. Dee tells us why the flower is important for the health of local habitats. And she tells us how we can incorporate surveying cowslips into our weekly walks.
  • Could protecting dung beetles help farmers across the country manage their livestock? We head to Motcombe where Natalie Bourchier and Ben Hussey take a look at the extraordinary capabilities of these overlooked creatures.
  • Shaftesbury is hoping to achieve hedgehog-friendly town status. Motcombe and Donhead St Mary have launched similar campaigns. Alfred’s Nick Crump chats to Jo Morland. She has run a hedgehog rescue centre in Dorset for the last 25 years. Jo shares her advice and offers tips on the best food to give hedgehogs. And she tells us about of one of her recent rescues.
  • Rachel Bodle of Planet Shaftesbury tells us about her love of nature. Rachel reveals the North Dorset location where she enjoys experiencing nature. And she recounts and one of her most memorable wildlife experiences.
  • Nick Crump chats to Mariko Whyte about the land hopper. The pair discovered many of these creatures hidden under an old rotting log in Bury Litton Churchyard in Shaftesbury. Land hoppers were introduced from Australia and New Zealand but it is not considered invasive as it doesn’t have a negative impact on UK ecology.