WILDLIFE in Dorset will get more of the space it desperately needs following Dorset Wildlife Trust’s acquisition of a large area of land near Bere Regis.

In an effort to tackle the climate and ecological crises, this 170 hectare site will showcase sustainable change in land use.

While plans are still being confirmed, Dorset Wildlife Trust aims to restore the site to a place where wildlife can flourish and people can connect with nature.

According to regional Red List criteria, 15% of species have been classified as threatened with extinction from Great Britain, with loss of habitat being a major factor (State of Nature report 2019).

The trust is also excited to involve the local community with planning for the site to ensure their voices are heard and they are able to benefit from regular contact with nature.

Brian Bleese, chief executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Given a chance, nature can play a key role in addressing climate change and environmental degradation.

“The acquisition of this land gives us a huge opportunity to bring back nature on a large scale and we look forward to working with the local community to involve people of all backgrounds and abilities in learning about and enjoying wildlife.”

The acquisition was made possible with help from We have the POWER founder Julia Davies.

She said: “To help nature recover we need to find innovative ways of helping conservation groups like Dorset Wildlife Trust acquire land for nature.

“I am excited to see the site develop as a showcase for how nature can be given the space it needs whilst providing rural job creation, continuing to play a role in food production through free grazing animals and helping people reconnect with nature.”

Dorset Wildlife Trust secured funds from several legacies left by dedicated supporters, as well as significant investments from BCP Council and Dorset Council.