£300,000 needed for Dorset habitat restoration

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Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has launched a public appeal to raise £300,000 to create and restore habitat through its Kingcombe’s Wild Energy project.

Vulnerable species such as the gray long-eared bat and swamp fritillary are at risk of extinction from Kingcombe NNR due to lack of habitat around the reserve.


Kingcombe NNR is known for its common kingfishers and European otters (Lee Fuller).

Natural England has announced the establishment of Kingcombe NNR in 2021. The 309ha reserve includes Kingcombe Meadows and neighboring Powerstock Common.

The funds are needed to create corridors linking different habitat areas surrounding the NNR, as well as to improve habitat within the reserve. The objective is to have a network of 5,000 hectares of connected habitats.

DWT said it will work with local landowners to encourage more sustainable land management by replanting hedgerows, creating grasslands and creating routes along which animals can move between sites.

Brian Bleese, Managing Director of DWT, said: “By making the most of the abundance of species already found in the Kingcombe NNR, we can give wildlife the best possible opportunity to breed, feed and move freely across borders, creating new connections over a massive area. Nature is capable of extraordinary recovery and by unleashing the wild energy of Kingcombe, we will enable it to do so. Every single gift will help to create , restore and extend these natural habitats and achieve our ambitious vision of a Dorset rich in wildlife, enjoyed and nurtured by everyone.”

The plan forms an integral part of DWT’s strategy to achieve its vision of a wilder Dorset by 2030.

To donate to Kingcombe’s Wild Energy Appeal, visit dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/WildEnergy.

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