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Funding in place for Wild Brownsea

PUBLISHED: 17:27 04 November 2019

One of the resident red squirrels on Brownsea Island

One of the resident red squirrels on Brownsea Island

Paul Williams Photography 2017

The funding will help to deliver exciting new facilities that will enable visitors from all walks of life to enjoy Brownsea Island

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has been awarded a £562,400 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards Wild Brownsea, an exciting project that has also attracted funding from many other sources, so the total project value is now well over £1,000,000.

Its aim is to deliver new access, wildlife observation and learning facilities, together with a three-year programme of activities to enable people of all backgrounds and abilities to learn about, enjoy and play an active role in managing the unique natural heritage of Brownsea Island.

For its size, Brownsea Island is one of the most bio-diverse sites in England. There are 334 plant species, 238 bird species, almost 1,000 beetle species and 900 moth species present on the island. It is also one of the last strongholds in southern England for the red squirrel. While the shallow waters of Brownsea Lagoon attract thousands of over-wintering wading birds, including vasts flocks of avocets.

Dorset Wildlife Trust's Director of Development, Brian Bleese, said: "Wild Brownsea will realise the potential of Brownsea Island to engage and inspire people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to make the natural heritage part of their lives."

Find out about volunteering opportunities with the Wild Brownsea Project here or call 01305 264620.

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