2017 National Trust Purbeck Events

Here’s a few ideas for weekend ‘drop in’ volunteering on Purbeck – ideal if you just want to ‘have a go’, you don’t need to book, just turn up!

‘Meet the Ranger’ drop in countryside conservation group – next task is Saturday 12 August (usually runs 10.30-3.30 but you can “drop-in” as the group always meets on site).

 Task: Pine Pull and Heath Tiger Beetle Survey. The rare lowland and dune heaths of Studland National Nature Reserve are regularly managed to control levels of invasive scrub and trees. This is to ensure the habitat remains ideal for those plant and animal species which depend on it, including the Heath Tiger Beetle. Young pine trees can be pulled out by hand or cut down low with bowsaws and loppers. If the weather is kind we will also conduct a survey a look for the rare Heath Tiger Beetle which we are very fortunate to have on Studland heath.

Site: We will be working across the Dunes behind Knoll Beach close to the Heather and Sand dune Trails. If arriving by car please park at Knoll Beach Car Park close to the Discovery Centre on the left hand side of the main drive. The number 50 Wilts and Dorset bus stops outside Knoll House Hotel close to the top of Knoll Beach drive. We’ll aim to meet at the Discovery Centre car park at 10.30, if arriving after this time please take the path from the Discovery centre towards the dunes, north of the Centre, towards the carved Sea Horse and start of the Sand Dune Trail.

All tools, gloves, tea and coffee supplied. Please come in suitable dress for the weather, the area is quite exposed so sun hats and sun cream are a must if warm.

The group meets around Studland 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.  Tasks are run by Ranger Aemelia Roe.

Future dates – Saturdays:
23rd September
4th November
16th December

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

Aemelia Roe, Ranger
National Trust, Purbeck

Or if you’d like to give our Corfe Castle countryside volunteer tasks a try, we have some drop-in sessions – dates below… 

 Come and help us care for the countryside around Corfe Castle, meet new people and get some fresh air and exercise.  Bournemouth National Trust Volunteers join our rangers one Sunday a month, and it’s a great opportunity for you to get involved too!

Meeting at 10am at Castle View car park, finishing approximately 3.30pm although tasks are usually within walking distance of the car park so you can leave when you wish. You will need to bring appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear, your own lunch and plenty to drink.  Mainly practical tasks around Corfe, like scrub clearance, fencing, etc, although the group will also be undertaking some surveying in the summer.

Upcoming dates:
20th August – Dragonfly survey and fencing task
17th September – tbc
15th October – tbc
19th November – hedge-laying
10th December – Christmas practical task and bonfire lunch

Contact; Rebecca Eddy, National Trust Ranger, West Purbeck (Corfe Common), Office 01929 452313/Mobile 07768 766702

For future reference:

‘Seashore Scavengers’ beach care group 10.30 am – 12.30pm (please note the group doesn’t meet in July and August).  Next session is 17 September.

If you’d like a relaxing stroll on a Sunday morning while helping care for the fabulous Studland beach, come along to ‘Seashore Scavengers’ volunteer beach care group which meets the third Sunday in the month (except July and August) keeping Studland’s precious beach and nature reserve safe and free from litter.  We invite you to join us at the Studland Discovery Centre, Knoll Beach, at 10.30 am, finishing around 12.30 (close to the shop and café).  It’s also a great opportunity to learn about the fascinating nature on the beach.

Discarded beach litter is more than just an eyesore; it’s a danger to vulnerable marine wildlife and a health hazard to visitors.  Litter and marine debris left on the beach are also expensive and time consuming to remove, over a busy weekend at Studland 3.5 tonnes of litter can be collected!  For more details ring 01929 450500 or email studlandbay@nationaltrust.org.uk.  All welcome!

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 on Purbeck.