The Woodland Trust has delivered trees to be planted in a variety of locations – from schools to golf clubs to parks – as part of their free tree scheme this year. More than 4,000 have already been given away in Dorset. Dorset has tree cover of just 11.66 per cent compared to the national average of 13 per cent.
Woodland Trust tree packs have been funded by lead partners Sainsbury’s, Ikea Family, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Yorkshire Tea.These trees will also contribute towards the Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Woods Project.
Schools and communities can now apply for tree packs for autumn 2 and the Woodland Trust has 4,750 packs available. They are available in various sizes and the types of trees are tailored towards people’s needs.All those eligible will receive their tree packs between 7-11 November
People can apply for packs by going to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/freetrees
When: April 26th, 13:00 – 15:00
Where: Bournemouth University, Dorset House, D234
Bournemouth University students are hosting an event to promote sustainable and alternative energy. Come along and experience a unique atmosphere created through the use of alternative energy sources, forming a dimly lit cafe serving local sustainable food and drink.
The speaker for the event will be Louis Sherman, who is Green Taskforce Officer, Environmental Activities Officer and will be providing speeches about sustainability. They will take place at 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm. Entertainment will be provided throughout.
Citizen science and volunteering is an important part of conservation and heritage.
There are many ways you can get involved in projects, and many volunteer oppourtunities to suit whatever level of involvement you want. RSPB have put together a list of ways you can help that take under an hour: http://www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/volunteering/micro.aspx
And if you have more time to give there are many other projects run through RSPB and other conservation and heritage organisation that will always appreciate your involvement.
Sunday 1st May 2016: 10.30am
Catherington Down, Waterlooville, Hampshire
A chance to see a lesser known site (Hampshire County Council land) in the Meon Valley with good flora and fauna. Looking out for Brimstone and Orange Tip butterflies and other early butterflies and moths.
Meet at 10.30am in Lovedean Lane, Grid ref: SU690143, nearest postcode PO8 0TG.
- Leave the A3(M) at Junction 2, taking the B2149 towards Horndean
- Pass Morrison’s and keep ahead into Catherington Lane
- Turn left at Roads Hill and then right into Lovedean Lane
- Park in Lovedean Lane
For more information, or if you would like to attend, please contact the Leader: Ashley Whitlock, tel: 02392 731266 or mobile: 07752 182340
The Cafe Scientifique for May will explore how aircraft are design to hold up against atmospheric conditions!
Meeting from 7.30-9pm on the first Tuesday of every month at Boscanova (650 Chistchurch Road, BH1 4BP).
This is a free evening and a great way to learn something new in an open an informative environment.
Join in with the ‘Litter free coast and sea’ and help keep Dorset’s beaches tidy!
The annual beach clean-up is back for Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of Apil 2016 and kicks off the start of Litter Free Coast and Sea week. There are plenty of beach cleans happening across the county that you can get involved in. Bring your friends and family and lend a hand at any of the designated beaches. A beachmaster will be present at each event with gloves, equipment, rubbish bags and instructions.
Please wear suitable clothing and shoes for the conditions.
For more information and to find a beach near you, visit the ‘litter free coast and sea’ website: www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk.
Header image: Litter free coast and sea
Bournemouth University: 6.30-9.00pm (Talks start at 7pm)
Booking essential: Tickets are FREE and bookable on eventbrite. Tea & coffee provided. http://bit.ly/1TVqtfr
How does ocean plastic turn into boardshorts? Is 2 minutes enough to turn the tide of beach litter and can artwork from the tideline define our impact on the sea? How is citizen science helping to shape a brighter future of marine reserves?
Come to Bournemouth University on Wednesday 27th April for TOMtalks: Tomorrow’s Oceans Matter: an evening of short talks and films. There will be four speakers offering inspiring, thought-provoking talks, each sharing their link to the coast and sea and how they are tackling some of the greatest ocean challenges.
Organised by the Litter Free Coast and Sea project with support from Bournemouth University.
Date: May 17th 2016
Location: Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus, EB303 – Executive Business Centre
Time: 9.00 – 17.00
The increasing presence of non-native marine organisms is usually perceived as a threat to biosecurity and the conservation and protection of native species and habitats. With rising temperatures, and ever-widening global trade and communications, the frequency of introductions and establishment is unlikely to decline. The control of invasive species in open marine systems poses considerable challenges. Yet for a few species, such as Manila clams and Pacific oysters, fisheries might both contribute to management solutions and benefit the economy of coastal regions. Wild capture fisheries can also cause severe disturbances to marine ecosystems. Therefore if fisheries are to be supported in this management role, operations must be carefully considered and evaluated.
The aim of this seminar is to bring together agencies, academics and representatives of the fishing and aquaculture industry to consider three main questions
- What can we learn from the history of invasion of marine non-native species of economic value?
- What are the threats and opportunities from the ‘invasion’ of potentially valuable marine non-native species?
- How can we mitigate potential ecological damage through sustainable harvesting?
Full programme information will be updated shortly
Saturday 28th May to Sunday 12 June 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust have organised an open studio event, bringing together local artists and their community based work.
Dorset Art Weeks is one of the largest open studio events in the country. It brings artists and visitors together in ways that are profoundly different to entering a public gallery. This year, Dorset Wildlife Trust is very pleased to announce that two of our visitor centres will be exhibiting art work for Art Weeks – the Kingcombe Centre and The Chesil Beach Centre, both in west Dorset.
A percentage of sales go to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s conservation work.
Dorset Wildlife Trust have organised summer cruises to celebrate World Ocean Day in June.
Celebrate World Oceans Day on Wednesday 8th June by taking an ocean cruise* with us this summer.
Departing from Poole Quay with Greenslade Pleasure Boats.
The cruise boat includes a large undercover area, heating (if it is still cold) and toilets – as well as a large outdoor viewing area.
* Weather permitting, each cruise will (if possible) travel as far as Dancing Ledge.
Saturday 28 May 2016 Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 2.30pm. Boat Departs: 3.00pm. 3hrs duration.
Friday 3 June 2016 Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 6.00pm. Boat Departs: 6.30pm. 3hrs duration.
Friday 17 June 2016 Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 6.00pm. Boat Departs: 6.30pm. 3hrs duration.
Saturday 25 June 2016 – Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 2.30pm. Boat Departs: 3.00pm. 3hrs duration.
Fee: Adult £14 per person
Under 16 years £7 per person
Book securely online at http://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/ocean-cruises.html or call 01305 264620