2017 National Trust Purbeck Events


Future Countryside ‘drop in’ tasks

‘Meet the Ranger’ drop in countryside conservation group – next task is Saturday 4 November

(usually runs 10.30-3.30 but you can “drop-in” as the group always meets on site).

The location of this task is a change from Studland, at Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve, near Corfe Castle – see below for details:

Task: Scrub bash. We will be clearing scrub, predominantly gorse, from an area of Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve. Scrub can quickly encroach and smother other important heathland plants including heather. The gorse removal will also reduce the risk of wild fire and improve access for visitors to the area. Hand tools and gloves are provided but please wear suitable footwear and clothing, we may also be having a bonfire.

Site:  We are working close to the top of Middlebere Farm track on the edge of Slepe Road which can be reached via the Norden roundabout on the A351 or from the Arne Road from Stoborough. There is roadside parking available at Grid Ref: SY 964 854.  Please park on Slepe Road, not blocking access to the Middlebere Farm track or any gates, thank you.

Hartland and Middlebere Moors

Offering a dramatic back drop view to Corfe Castle, the 625 hectare (1543 acres) site comprises extensive areas of open and tranquil heathland and large expanses of wet intertidal marshes and mud flats.

Almost undeveloped for 3000 years, this area gives us an insight into Dorset’s ancient cultural landscape and how people and nature lived together in harmony for thousands of years.

This is the landscape that inspired Thomas Hardy and is a remaining fragment of his Egdon Heath, that vast and untamed wilderness that stretched from Dorchester to Poole. The area is rich in wildlife and archaeology and is virtually all open access for walkers to roam freely and enjoy the countryside and the wildlife it supports.

Birds of prey such as Harriers, Hobbies and Merlins can be seen along with Sand Lizards, Smooth Snakes, Adders and many species of spiders, moths, bees, wasps, grasshoppers and dragonflies.

The National Trust’s own herd of Red North Devon cattle are used to graze the heathland in a traditional manner in order to promote diversity of species. North Devons are a hardy breed originating on Exmoor which survive well in the environment. The breed has traditionally been associated with the Bankes estate with a herd of them being kept in Kingston Lacy park for over 100 years.

The group meets on Saturdays every six weeks, carrying out practical countryside conservation tasks 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (next date is Saturday 16th December).   Volunteers are welcome to come and go as they please, tea and coffee available.  Tasks are run by Aemelia Roe, Purbeck Ranger, who can be contacted on 07917 456808.

Or if you’d like to give our Corfe Castle countryside volunteer tasks a try, we have a drop-in session on 19 November

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, Corfe Castle (on A351, BH20 5DR), 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.

Upcoming date: 10 December – Christmas practical task and bonfire lunch

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

Community Woodland Days at Langton West Wood have started again so do come and join in with coppicing – this ancient way of managing woodlands which started back in Neolithic times as a way of gathering a regular, sustainable wood harvest (please see attached details).  Ranger Colin Daborn is the contact on 07795 812149.

‘Seashore Scavengers’ beach care group 10.30 am – 12.30pm (please note the group doesn’t meet in July and August), next meeting is 19 November

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!

Future meeting is 17 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.