Poole Harbour from Arne by Sue Macpherson ARPS

Wild Purbeck

Wild Purbeck Nature Improvement Area (NIA) ran from March 2012 to April 2015,a three year project delivering large scale initiatives in the landscape of Dorset to improve ecological connectivity and improve biodiversity. Wild Purbeck was one of 12 NIA'sacross the country and covers around 46,000 hectares, a national booklet “Nature Improvement Areas 2012-2015 – Making Space for Nature on a Landscape Scale” has been produced highlighting some of the work that has been delivered across the country.

The Wild Purbeck NIA (WPNIA) partnership group is made up of a number of different organisations both supporting and delivering projects. This project is supported by Government through Defra, DCLG, Environment Agency (EA), Forestry Commission (FC) and Natural England (NE)

 

Wild Purbeck NIA has set the wheels in motion whereby 2020:

  • the area’s natural assets are richer and more resilient to changes
  • there is more natural function in the landscape - for example rivers are re-connected with their flood plain and catchment
  • plans are in place to enable people and wildlife to adapt to sea level rise around Poole Harbour
  • the landscape contributes more strongly to the local economy, particularly around sustainable tourism and products from land and sea; those industries also contribute strongly to that landscape
  • communities and businesses from both within and outside the area understand the importance their contributions make
  • a landscape where the connections between the natural world and human activity are understood and celebrated.

An indicative googlemap of the area can be seen here.

Highlights

  • Over 13% of the population of Purbeck has been engaged in community, education or other NIA activity
  • 124 Ha land has been purchased and safeguarded for the future
  • 467 Ha of heathland restored or managed
  • Over 20,000 hours volunteer time across the NIA
  • The NIA has enabled partners to lever in funding they would otherwise not have been able to access.

Learning

  • The opportunity to enthuse local people is there, providing you can engage with topics that interest them
  • The importance of embedding NIA work within existing organisations to provide a long term legacy
  • The need to be flexible and have worked up projects with different budgets, should unforeseen underspend occur in existing projects, or additional funding become available (as occurred in year 2)

The project has produced many reports and guidance documents, most of which can be found in the relevant project pages, we have also produced an end of preocjt report "Wild Purbeck 2012-2015" which has more information on the themes, project and achievements of Wild Purbeck.

 

Newsletters & Other documents.