Dorset heathland project
Dorset’s lowland heathland is a fragmented remnant of a once extensive landscape. In the early 1800s, heathland covered most of south-east Dorset.
- Increase area of heathland by 5.6 square kilometres, by restoring to favourable condition.
- Monitor results of management on bird numbers.
- Offer habitat management services to local landowners.
- Raise awareness of heathland within local community.
- Initial target to increase the area of good heathland by 5.6 square kilometres reached in November 1996.
- By 2006, we had completed around 13 square kilometres of heathland management.
- Worked with around 50 landowners on 70 sites across Dorset.
- Annual heathland festival established.
- Involvement with local schools through the 'Christmas tree' scheme - Christmas trees from the heath were donated and information about heathland management given.
- Various articles in local papers and magazines covering heathland management and heathland species.