Do you care about animals? Plants? Or even old buildings and prehistoric monuments? If the answer to any of these questions is YES then you have come to the right place.
Let's come together and protect these beautiful elements of the Dorset countryside!
This area is dense with fascinating history, yet much of it remains unknown. Surprising? It's a huge misconception to suppose the research has been done.
We're seriously far from any 'finished' stage. In fact, we have many areas begging for research. For example, recent aerial photographs indicate that we have only analysed two thirds of the unusual lumps and bumps of the area. What is left to be discovered?
And it's not just a matter for the historically minded...
Wildlife like the Hare, Adonis Blue butterfly and Grey Partridge need recording if we are to understand and protect them. Even our best known and easily recognisable wildlife is poorly studied. In large parts of the South Dorset Ridgeway area there is fewer than one wildlife record a year sent in. One! Is this a rallying cry or what?!
If you can help us change this and give the South Dorset Ridgeway the level of interest it deserves we can provide you with the training and support you need to make a real difference. All you need is a little time and enthusiasm. No experience needed.
Contact our Project Coordinator Jill Hearing for more details.
Spring has sprung, the birds are busy nesting, and we are putting down our billhooks and our bowsaws and taking up our id guides and clipboards to survey the flora of the Ridgeway. The more we know about the wildlife on our patch, the better able we are to look after it, so take a look at our Events page to see what's coming up and join us if you can.
What histories, what stories would these stones, and ancient barrows tell us if they could talk?
What legends, fairy tales, local myths and oral histories have been woven into and around the landscape? What natural and created sounds can be heard high on the skyline underground, along footpaths, ancient tracks, and whispering woodlands?
In a ground-breaking new project as part of the South Dorset Landscape Partnership (The Land of Bone and Stone), a series of smartphone Apps have been developed which allows you to experience this universe for yourself!
Partners SATSYMPH have laid out a series of sound-pools in 7 evocative locations along the South Dorset Ridgeway. Access the sound-pools by downloading an app onto your smartphone, plus background maps, and head out to any of the 7 locations. Once there, open the app, plug your headphones in and wander. Your smartphone automatically senses the sound-hotspots through GPS and opens out the sound experience.
Land Bone Stone Apps 1-3 were made by the 3-man artistic collective SATSYMPH working with DIVAcontemporary, Sir John Colfox School (Bridport), Beaminster School, Weymouth College and Dorset Studio School, InsideOut Dorset, Artmusic, Frances Aitken and members of the public.