Resourcing the Future for Wildlife in Dorset

Resourcing the Future for Wildlife in Dorset:
Brian Heppenstall, Senior Ranger at BCP council
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 at 13:00 (GMT)

Bringing together conservation organisations and local business

The interest in the future of our wildlife and related environmental issues is driving a great deal of behavioural changes, for example 72% of miliennials are willing to spend more on products from companies committed to positive social and environmental impact. In the US, those companies whose employees were given time to undertake charitable environmental work, found that 76% of staff felt better about their employers.

It is no wonder then, that businesses are working to adopt green credentials, visible to both their customer base and their employees, in order to drive success.

Through networking and showcasing, delegates at this conference, will explore problems for local wildlife conservation. There will be a focus on local case studies, and opportunities to seek new collaborations and find potential solutions.

This years key speakers, Dr Anjana Khatwa and Ben Hoare, will address one of the most important resources within any sector – the workforce, and principally the issue of societal representation in the conservation sector.

This conference will therefore look at two strands:

  • Encouraging links between conservation organisations and business to encourage partnerships and the provision of support/resources in the mutual interest of preserving the local environment
  • Employability, skills and diversity within the conservation sector (in Dorset)



 Refreshments available 

The Importance of Wildlife Conservation in Dorset

Professor Rick Stafford – Bournemouth University

The Future Workforce: The Impact of Work Placements

Julie Gill, Placement Coordinator – Bournemouth University

Frances Jenkins, Placement Coordinator – Kingston Maurward College

Case Study, Short Film: Hengistbury Head Placement Scheme

Does Nature Conservation Represent Society

Key Speaker: Ben Hoare, Editorial Consultant, BBC Wildlife Magazine

Privilege and Permission: Being Brown in a White Landscape

Key Speaker: Dr Anjana Khatwa, Learning and Earth Science Specialist

Go Wild – Collaborate!

Introduction by Luke Rake, Principal and CEO of Kingston Maurward College

Nature Volunteers: Matching opportunities with resources

Rachel James, Wild Paths, Dorset Wildlife Trust

Ali Tuckey, Durlston Country Park

Puff Storey, 3 Sided Cube, Tech For Good

Lottie Forte J.P. Morgan, Volunteering and Community Relations

Guest Speaker Panel Q&A

Networking Opportunity and Buffet

A full programme will be published to attendees nearer the conference

Please arrive at 13:00 for a prompt 13:15 start

Refreshments and a buffet dinner will be provided

Pre-booking of parking is required and once the spaces have been booked, no further parking on campus will be available.


For futher information on this event please contact

 How to get to BU: Directions, parking & maps

 Accommodation: The University has preferential rates with a number of local hotels, please quote Bournemouth University when booking to access these rates.  (Preferential rates are subject to availability and will be advised by the hotel at the time of booking)

Carlton Hotel
East Cliff Court Hotel
Miramar Hotel
The Green House Hotel

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 Photos may be taken at the event. If you do not want to appear in any photos, please notify a member of staff at the event. For further information on the use of photos and videos, please refer to our privacy policyDo you have questions about Resourcing the Future for Wildlife in Dorset? Contact Brian Heppenstall, Senior Ranger at BCP council

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Living Labs Roadshow, Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Share your sustainable ideas and real-world solutions at our Living Labs roadshows.

BU is launching its ‘Living Labs’ initiative with two roadshow events that all staff – both academic and professional & support – and students are invited to.

Living Labs embeds sustainability through knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation. Within a BU context they are an opportunity for staff and students to research and test sustainable solutions to real-world challenges using our facilities on campus.

Current examples of Living Labs are the vegan menu offers in the Terrace Café or the honeybee colony that live on top of the Fusion Building. Another is the Biodome which provides a year-round controlled climate so research can be carried out, and offers a permanent base for students and staff to conduct experiments into a range of forensic, ecological and wildlife projects.

The Living Labs roadshows are being held as we want to find out about all the brilliant ideas and concepts we know our staff and students have. Whether you have an idea for a new product or marketing campaign or would like to use data from the university grounds themselves for research, we want to hear from you.

The roadshows will introduce the Living Labs concept and share successful Living Labs projects at BU. The event will involve presentations from those who have been involved with past projects, in addition to a collaborative workshop to suggest, discuss and maybe start a new project. It will be an excellent opportunity to meet and innovate with members of the BU community.

There will be a replica roadshow Wednesday 11 December in CG11, Talbot Campus for those who cannot attend.

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Stepping into Nature – Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Stepping into Nature aims to help people be happier and healthier by connecting with nature.

This 3-year project funded by the National Community Fund uses Dorset’s natural and cultural landscape to provide activities and sensory rich places for older adults, including those living with dementia and their care partners. Our nature-themed activities – both indoors and out – help people find new places to go, learn new skills and meet like-minded people.

Stepping into Nature’s main areas of activity are:

  • Working with local organisations such as Dorset Wildlife Trust, Dorset Forest School and Dorset History Centre to support and fund the delivery of inclusive activities inspired by or within nature.
  • Providing funding for communities and organisations to help create more inclusive, accessible and enjoyable green spaces.
  • Training staff and volunteers, particularly those within environmental organisations, to become dementia friendly.

There are some exciting activities you can get involved with throughout January:

Breaking Ground: Female Archaeologists at Avebury

28 October – 18 December 2019
Atrium Gallery, Poole House, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University – open to all.

Last year this exhibition marked the 100 year anniversary of some women gaining the right to vote in Britain. It brings to light the contributions made by female archaeologists in the twentieth century at Avebury’s Stone Circles & Henge, National Trust World Heritage Site and the wider archaeology field.

Curated by BU’s Damian Evans and Bethan Bailey. Staff and students in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bournemouth University have had a long and fruitful association with the Avebury WHS, and worked closely with National Trust staff and with many farmers and landowners who have kindly facilitated surveys and investigations.

A selection of objects from the Alexander Keiller Museum’s collection have been scanned and 3D printed for this exhibition, part of an MRes project by Bethan Bailey to investigate how archaeological objects can be made accessible to people with mobility difficulties.

Out in the landscape of Avebury, BU has been involved in several projects, including:

Extensive Geophysical Surveys
Discovery and plotting of many previously unrecognized sites in partnership with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institute and the National Trust.

Between the Monuments / Living with the monuments
Investigating the character of human settlement in the Avebury landscape, Arts and Humanities Research Council funded collaboration.

Virtual Avebury
A 3D fully immersive VR simulation of prehistoric Avebury allows participants inside the model to experience the site as never before. Collaborative project with BU, National Trust Daden Ltd and Satsymph, funded by AHRC/ Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Human Henge at Avebury
A multi-disciplinary Heritage Lottery Fund project investigating the value of historic landscapes as a way of the enhancing mental health well-being of people with long-term mental health issues.

The Breaking Ground exhibition was created by the Alexander Keiller Museum in Avebury who have kindly loaned it to the University for display. It has been produced in association with the National Trust and TrowelBlazers. We are delighted to host this celebrative exhibition; it will be on display in the Atrium Gallery, Poole House, Talbot campus until 18 December 2019.

Marineff Workshop


MARINEFF is a cross-channel EU funded project focusing on eco-engineering coastal infrastructure to increase marine biodiversity and enhance net gain. The project’s biannual workshops are aimed at a stakeholder audience of coastal managers, coastal engineers, maritime professionals, policy makers, local councils and port authorities to educate them about the project’s aims and goals and receive feedback from those in industry.

The MARINEFF project’s second biannual workshop will be held in the Education Room at Dinosaur Isle, Isle of Wight this autumn. It will introduce the MARINEFF project and all its work packages, and focus on ‘Vertipools’ in work package T2. Vertipools are a type of artificial rockpool created by Isle of Wight based subcontractor Artecology, which are retrofitted onto vertical coastal frontage, such as quays, pilings and sea walls. As a MARINEFF partner, Bournemouth University plan to deploy 150 Vertipools across three sites in an experimental array designed to determine the optimum spacing for maximising marine species colonisation.

The Workshop will include refreshments and a buffet lunch, several presentations in the morning and a field trip to Vertipools deployed along a wooden groyne on Sandown beach. The field site is a 2 minute walk from the Workshop venue.


  • 10.30 – Arrival at Education Room, Dinosaur Isle. Tea and coffee
  • 11.00 – Introduction to MARINEFF – Jess Bone (15mins + 5 min questions)
  • 11.20 – Background on Vertipools and current site locations – Artecology (25mins + 5 min questions)
  • 11.50 – Existing data collected on Vertipools – Dr Alice Hall (15mins + 5 min questions)
  • 12.10 – The next steps – Vertipools & upscaling – Jess Bone/ Roger Herbert (15mins + 5 min questions)
  • 12.30 – Lunch
  • 13.30 – Walk to field site on Sandown beach – Artecology workshop tour
  • 15.30 – Return to Dinosaur Isle to collect belongings, end

Travel and Accommodation

We recommend attendees travel to Ryde via Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth as foot passengers, though cars can be driven over at a higher cost. Parking is limited to 16 spaces at the venue which is free. There are larger car parks local to the venue but standard Isle of Wight parking charges apply. There is a train service from Ryde to Sandown, the venue location. There are hotels in Sandown to suit a range of budgets. Regrettably we cannot reimburse travel and accommodation expenses or offer grants to cover associated costs.

Museum of the future

Event: Museum Of The Future

Copyright: palaeogo

When: 5/11/2019 @ 11am

Where: Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Augmented Reality (AR) promises to enrich user experience by enhancing the real-world objects with computer-generated, interactive digital assets. Apart from the entertainment aspect of AR, it now has a growing role in public engagement within natural parks and museums, also in conveying educational elements, especially as most visitors now carry smartphones.

The real-world objects with computer-generated, interactive digital assets. Apart from the entertainment aspect of AR, it now has a growing role in public engagement within natural parks and museums, also in conveying educational elements, especially as most visitors now carry smartphones.

For over two years our team have been developing tailored AR experiences for public engagement, with focus on extinct animals, within the PalaeoGo! project.

During this event they will share the lessons learnt with respect to the limits of current technology, the importance of making the assets realistic, and the ways of engaging the visitors even with a limited investment, to make an AR deployment a success.

The event will consist of three keynotes:

  • Prof Matthew Bennett – Creating Digital Assets
  • Peter Truckel – Animating Heritage
  • Prof Marcin Budka – Delivering The Vision

There will also be a hands-on session where you’re be able to play with various versions of the PalaeoGo! app.

Russell-Cotes Museum: Reinterpretation Project

Author: Carlos Finlay

Copyright: Russell Cotes Museum

“Ever since the museum opened to the people of Bournemouth in 1922, the Russell-Cotes has continued to enthral the public with its eclectic display of Victorian art and furnishings.

Contact with foreign cultures around the world introduced objects to East Cliff Hall which are now a staple of the museum’s renowned collections, and as of 2020 these objects will be revealed in a new light.

Generous funding from Arts Council England and the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, amongst other sources, has allowed the museum to carry out an expansive refurbishment project for three of its rooms: the Yellow Roomthe Red Room, and the Mikado’s Room. Located on the first floor of the historic house, these rooms hold the Russell-Cotes’ Japanese and ethnographic collections from their widespread travels throughout the world.

The project will showcase the most fascinating stories from Sir Merton and Lady Annie’s travels abroad, choosing objects which are both visually impactful and historically significant. These will be presented in new, Victorian-style cases with modern lighting allowing visitors to better engage with the visual and bygone narratives told by each artefact. As accompaniment, video material will contribute additional context to the relationship between these objects and the Russell-Cotes. The historic paintwork of each room will be conserved to its original splendour, and new flooring and blinds will be fitted to refurbish the look of the house.

The Mikado’s Room will continue to display the museum’s late-nineteenth-century Japanese collection, but the removal of the room’s glass barrier will allow visitors to get closer than ever to each object, alongside admiring the oriental painted frieze which adorns the room’s ceiling. Next door, the Red Room’s most popular asset is its breath-taking, uninterrupted view of the ocean; visitors will be able to better enjoy this through added seating, reading opportunities, and the display of additional objects from our collections.

The Russell-Cotes’ fascination for world cultures is expressed in the extensive objects brought back from their travels throughout the eastern hemisphere; the museum’s ethnographic collection will be exhibited in the Yellow Room with display cases more sympathetic to their Victorian surroundings.

The redisplay is only one part of the museum’s initiative; essential to enhancing our visitors’ experience is how we interpret the objects on show.

Earlier this summer, Greg Irvine, Senior Curator of the V&A’s Asian Department, spent time at the museum researching our Asian collection, and we are currently working with ethnography specialist Len Pole. By working with specialist curators and community groups we can better ensure our objects are displayed in a way which is both culturally sensitive and relevant for the museum’s standing in the modern world.

The redisplay is expected to be completed in March 2020. Conservation is currently underway on the fantastic Mikado’s Room ceiling, a project which will take approximately 5 weeks.”

Reinterpretation volunteer Carlos Finlay, currently studying MA History of Art, University of Edinburgh.

Environmental Innovation Hub planned for Dorset coast

Plans to create a world-class Environmental Innovation Hub on the Dorset coast have taken a step forward with the announcement today that Government funding has been approved (20 September).

The Hub at Durley Chine, Bournemouth will be funded by £2.4M from the Coastal Communities Fund. 

Early plans for the Hub are a signature eco-build, formed in part from ocean-harvested plastics and recycled tropical hardwoods. The Hub, dedicated to achieving a step change in the reduction and elimination of single-use plastics along the seafront, will feature interactive, imaginative and engaging displays. Further interactive touchpoints will be located across 10 miles of coastline.

Visitor waste is currently a huge problem for coastal resorts. Over 1,300 tonnes of waste are removed from Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch beaches annually. The Hub aims to encourage behavioural change with visitors taking away a new awareness around plastic use and recycling; both in resorts and at home. Over 7 million annual visitors to the area would have an opportunity to explore and understand the environmental impacts of packaging waste and climate change on our fragile coasts and seas.

The Environmental Innovation Hub will incorporate a centralised beach management facility for the bay, waste transfer facility, public toilets, a catering kiosk and lifeguard control point. Alongside the Hub, are planned improvements to leisure facilities and public realm, combined with energy reduction and environmental stewardship improvements across 10 miles of coast.

It is estimated that combined, these coastal projects would deliver £6M in additional visitor spend, sustaining and creating 120 new tourism jobs across the resort as a result of increased visitor footfall and spend.


Join the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for an exciting presentation on the latest developments in the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project, presented by Mike Ford. The Bloodhound project is a ten year attempt to break the land speed record for a car. This is a real, modern day story of design challenges, funding woes and the will to ultimately succeed.

Mike Ford has worked in many different engineering sectors. These sectors include, marine engineering, nuclear power and food manufacturing. He is now working alongside Bloodhound LSR, the land speed record team who are designing and building the first 1000 mph car. Mike has worked for major blue chip companies culminating in positions up to director level and has also run his own successful engineering consultancy business.

This lecture free and open to the public with Tea & Coffee available on arrival. Free parking is also available.

Tuesday 12th November 2019

6.30pm for 7pm

Share Lecture Theatre, The Fusion Building, Bournemouth University Talbot Campus Poole. BH12 5BB

For more information please contact: John Kent Tel: 01202693279 Mob: 07715050310

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World Ocean Day 2019

Happy World Ocean Day! 🌍🌊 All rivers lead to the sea, which is why it is important to consider the health of both our rivers and oceans. Yesterday,Bournemouth University department of Life and Environmental Sciences staff, with help from Thomas Hardye 6th form students showed Prince of Wales year 1 pupils how to study the invertebrates indicators of clean water, by kick sampling! Not only is it an important sampling method, it’s great fun too!