"Experience the old and new: from the wondrous formations of the Jurassic Coast, to the buzzing and artistic town of Bridport, and discover the secret hidden heart of rural Dorset."
Fall in love with Dorset's sweeping fields of overgrown plants and dense woodlands, where you can hear a symphony of sounds from the hundreds of species of animals and plants which inhabit the region. This project will see you working to improve and help diversify the natural landscape of Dorset. Working through the reserves owned by the Dorset Willdlife Trust, you will discover the habitats of small mammals and get the chance to examine them. Enshrined by the rural landscape, you will be stunned by the beauty the countryside has to offer
It is an opportunity that welcomes all, as suitable field training is provided before you begin your work each day. You will learn to identify animals, and to recognise indications of their presence. Working with other like-minded, environmentally conscious volunteers, when you’re not busy conducting surveys out in the field, you can sit back and laugh with your peers over finely prepared food. Spending your nights in the Westgate Lodge, you will be encompassed by stark woodlands and swampy fields, with the opportunity to do some wildlife spotting and late-night stargazing expeditions.
Wild Days Conservation works alongside Dorset Wildlife Trust to help increase biodiversity on farm-land and nature reserves within the Dorset AONB. They work to help improve the natural landscape across the country. This is done by enlisting the service of volunteers to assist with clearing away invasive plants which threaten the growth within domestic gardens.Species such as the Himalayan balsam are notoriously known to those with a green thumb for its ability to fire seeds up to 4 metres - causing damage to other crops. As a volunteer on this project, you will be educated on what plants are the most harmful and the most effective way on how to remove them.
Surveys conducted on small mammals are done with their utmost welfare in mind. Wherever possible, trapping is avoided, and methods such as spy-cams are used. However all traps that are used are made by specialists so creatures can be released unharmed back into the wild after each survey is completed. You will be trained on how to carefully handle the animals during surveys and the best way to safely let them go. This activity helps to provide data to the National Mammal Atlas in conjunction with The Mammal Society. With no prior baseline data in the UK, this project has initiated a continuous study of the national picture.
- This trip will run from the 17th to the 21st of July 2017
- The rate shown is a 'from' price per person
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- All field training in the necessary conservation and research skills and techniques - no prior experience necessary!
- All meals
- Any services or activities not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' up above to chat to the operator!