2018 National Trust Purbeck Events

Just a reminder that this Sunday 20th May – we would love your help to care for our precious coast with the Purbeck COASTodian team!
The COASTodian initiative, spearheaded at National Trust properties around the Welsh coast, is a simple and rewarding way to play a part in the care of our coastline. How you help and how often is up to you: You could help our beach rangers; monitor coastal change; or record the wildlife you see on your favourite walk. You could become an ambassador for your local patch and inspire others to care for the coast.

The group will be meeting at 10.30 am on the third Sunday of every month.

Dates for 2018 are as follows:


  • 17th June
  • 15th July
  • 19th August
  • 16th September
  • 21st October
  • 18th November
  • 16th December

Please meet outside the Discovery Centre at Knoll Beach, Studland to help clear litter from the beach, followed by another coastal activity. The day usually finishes around 3.30 pm. You don’t have to stay for the whole session, but if you do then please bring some lunch with you.

If you’d like to receive email updates about COASTodian events please follow the blog on the following link https://ntpurbeckcoast.wordpress.com/coastodians.  For more details ring 01929 450500 or email kevin.rideout@nationaltrust.org.uk or sarahjane.spinney@nationaltrust.org.uk.

‘Meet the Ranger’ Saturday 2 June 

Here are the details for the next Meet the Ranger task on Saturday 2 June (runs 10.30 – 3.30 but you can “drop-in” as the group always meets on site).

Task: Bird Hide painting.  This task will be focused on improving facilities for visitors involving painting a wooden hide structure to help preserve it from weathering. Tools and materials are provided but please ensure you wear appropriate clothing for the weather and task at hand (and bring hat and sunscreen?!). This is also an excellent site to view Poole Harbour and its bird life so bring your binoculars!

Site: Studland – Brands Bay hide on the edge of Poole Harbour, on the west side of the Ferry Road Grid Ref: SZ 024 851. Limited parking can be found along the Ferry Road north of Greenlands Farm track in various laybys.  The Hide location is indicated at the road-side by an orange topped square wooden post and a narrow footpath leads to it from there, this is one of 4 hides but is the only one on the left of the road approaching from Studland. Alternative parking can be found at the top of Greenlands track on the roadside opposite the Number 50 bus stop. You can walk to the task site from here along the path parallel to the road, found a short distance down Greenlands Farm track on the right hand side. Look out for Green Arrows and a National Trust vehicle marking the location.

The group meets on Saturdays every six weeks, carrying out practical countryside conservation tasks 10.30 am – 3.30 pm.   Volunteers are welcome to come and go as they please. Tea and coffee provided. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.  Tasks are run by Aemelia Roe, Ranger, who can be contacted on 07917 456808.

Tasks vary but will include scrub clearing, coppicing, pond clearance etc.

2018 future dates:

14th July
25th August
6th October
17th November
29th December

NB All volunteer tasks: under 18’s and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or carer who is responsible for their care.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the National Trust.

Have a great weekend!

Best wishes

Rachel Rodman
Volunteer Officer, Purbeck
Currendon Farm
Currendon Hill
Dorset BH19 3AA
01929 452306