Poole Harbour from Arne by Sue Macpherson ARPS

Land Management Projects

Land Management and Advisory serices are key to achieving the Wild Purbeck Partnership's aims.  Sub-projects in this theme are:

Large grazing unit

  • What?  Introduction of extensive grazing to two blocks totalling over 1,700ha.
  • Where? The largest block connects Arne & Hartland Moor with the adjacent, privately-owned heathland/woodland.  The second block is in the Rempstone forest/heath mosaic.
  • Who's leading?  Natural England

High quality heathland

  • What?  71 ha of heathland will be subject to a 'high quality' restoration effort.  Detailed in the Forestry Commission's plans for the area is this level of heathland clearance, the NIA input enables work such as brash clearance and stump removal that will let the heath regenerate quickly
  • Where?  The Forestry Commission's forestry blocks at Affpuddle, Rempstone and Wareham.
  • Who's leading?  Forestry Commission

Wetland creation / water quality

  • What?  Direct river and wetland restoration works will be carried out to achieve higher water and habitat quality.
  • Where? Targeting the Frome and Piddle catchments
  • Who's leading?  Dorset Wildlife Trust

Woodland creation

  • What?  Using the Forestry Comission's grants and other funds as incentives, this project seeks to establish areas of new broadleaved woodland, particularly in areas where it can contribute to water quality and create a future woodfuel resource
  • Where? Across the area and upstream in the Frome and Piddle catchments
  • Who's leading?  Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West

Land management advisory service

  • What?  Farmers are to be offered help to get the best outcomes for their businesses and wildlife through agri-environment schemes
  • Where? Across the Wild Purbeck area
  • Who's leading?  Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West

Small grants fund

  • What?  To provide a small capital pot to offer land managers for specific capital works whichbenefit biodiversity and the aims of the NIA. The funding would be spent through the landmanagement advisory network and linked to HLS schemes but for capital works that could not be funded through HLS. Examples include gorse /scrub control / fencing. This would enable long term management to be established, and link in to our “land management and advisory services” theme.
  • Where?  Across the area
  • Who's leading?  FWAG SW

Saline lagoon creation

  • What?  A former ball clay pit is to be restored to 7 ha of saline lagoon, with new visitor facilites to enable the enjoyment of the wildlife -particularly the birds - that are attracted to the lagoon as it develops
  • Where?  The pit is in the northeast corner of the RSPB reserve at Arne
  • Who's leading?  RSPB

Predator Fencing

  • What? To install 2,000m predator exclusion fencing to create a sanctuary for nesting lapwings to protect their eggs and chicks from ground predation.
  • Where? On a wet grassland SSSI in Purbeck
  • Who leading? RSPB

Heathland Restoration

  • What? Various land management works restoring areas of heathland.

  • Where? Across the NIA area
  • Who's leading? Dorset AONB coordinating

Donor Seed Sites

  • What? Collate a register of donor sites for sward enhancement / heathland restoration projects.

  • Where? Across the NIA area
  • Who's leading? FWAG SW

Veteran Trees

  • What? Carry out research into Purbeck’s Veteran Trees

  • Where? Across the NIA area.
  • Who's leading? Dorset Wildlife Trust

 

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