Dorset conservation project gains lottery funding

Local areas in Poole harbour, Bournemouth and Christchurch are to be preserved through funding awarded to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlink project by the Lottery Heritage Fund.

Wild birds and snakes are among the most threatened species which the Wildlink project seeks to preserve.

Dorset Wildlife Trust has already received seven figure funding donations and seeks to obtain another £500.000 to reach the target, by launching a public appeal.

The project has used the money to purchase 581 hectares of land from the Canford Estate, across East Dorset which reflect environmental variety such as heathland, woodland, grassland and saltmarsh.

Nicky Hoar, the communication officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “This project is the most ambitious project we have ever been involved in, and we look forward to having many partners who can assist to secure our environment for the next generations.

“This project aims to create an urban living landscape in Dorset and surrounded area and to create an atmosphere where people and foundations work together in order to protect the natural landscapes.’’

She added: “The first stage will be continued for 15 months and will aim to collect funds, while the second stage is for starting the project.”

The project is expected to cost £4.3 m and the remaining money is expected to be collected through cooperation with partners such as Poole harbour commissioners and Dorset Council.

Main image credit: @DorsetWildlife

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