We help rural communities care for the nature on their doorstep. 

Working with local communities, we encourage people of all ages and abilities to get involved in learning about and caring for the wildlife around them.

There are several opportunities for communities to participate, whether whole parishes, a village, a street, a local interest group or simply a group of like-minded friends.

The Dorset Wildlife Trust is a partner to the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership.



Creatures in the garden

We want to create an interactive map which highlights where in Dorset different species reside. However, we need help. Don't be shy - tell us which winged, scaly or furry animals you have seen in your garden. You don't need to be an expert. Watch, record, and feel inspired. 

This is for anyone interested in protecting and conserving wildlife, whether you're a Fantastic Mr Fox fanatic or a seasoned ornithologist.

Individuals, families and organisations such as schools, youth clubs and community groups are all encouraged to get involved. What are you waiting for?



Wildlife Gardening

Encourage your local community to join the Wildlife Friendly Garden scheme, or link gardens with the wider community or local open spaces

If you would like further information, please contact Joy Wallis

01305 264620

email: jwallis@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk



What makes your village special?

Everyone knows Dorset is breath-takingly beautiful. Let us not hark on about it here.  

But what is it that really makes your village special?

If you were Robinson Crusoe, which little things would bring the fondest memories back?

From traditional white fingerpost signs, post boxes to water fountains, the villages of the South Dorset Ridgeway retain an undeveloped rural character which we all enjoy.

We would like to maintain the traditional character of Dorset. Tell us about what you find most ravishing in your area and we might include it on our website. 



Contact Jill Hearing of the South Dorset Ridgeway Team:

01305 228273

Email j.hearing@dorsetcc.gov.uk