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North Dorset Nature – Episode Two

Join us for the second edition of Alfred’s weekly North Dorset Nature show.

In this week’s show:

  • Nick Crump shares his experience as a first-time foster parent of a rescued mature female hedgehog. Nick has long wanted to be a hedgehog helper and was already on the list as an approved release site with a Dorset rescue centre. Much to his surprise and delight this hedgehog came from a local vet’s, not the rescue centre.
  • Dee Abbott talks with the CEO of Dorset Wildlife Trust, Brian Bleese. The charity is celebrating its 60th anniversary and Brian looks back at some of the milestones reached.
  • Tom Perrett and Nick Crump visit Collyer’s Brook in Fontmell, home to over 100 rooks. You’ll hear how these birds are highly sociable.
  • Some of the trees at Duncliffe are said to be 1,000 years old. Dee joins Mariko Whyte to find out more on a trek through this ancient woodland, three miles from Shaftesbury.
  • Alexandra Richards shares tips on how to encourage wildlife to visit our gardens as she begins to create her own wildlife-friendly garden on her small Blackmore Vale farm. Her tips echo the advice offered by the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Gardening Champions scheme.