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Steve’s Swannery Sightings
Bird sightings noted during my daily rounds of Abbotsbury Swannery, both in the course of my duties as Deputy Swanherd but also and predominantly, in my own time, in my unofficial capacity, as Abbotsbury Swannery Bird Recorder.
Dorset Wildlife Trust
The Dorset Wildlife Trust is the largest conservation charity in Dorset with over 25,000 members. We are committed to ensuring that there is a secure future for Dorset’s nature – its distinctive wildlife and natural spaces. Visit the Wild Chesil Centre at the eastern end of the Lagoon to discover all about the Chesil Bank and Fleet Lagoon.
This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to the Swannery is considered one of the best things to do in Dorset.
The Community Seagrass Initiative
This initiative is a citizen science project aiming to raise awareness of seagrass habitats in the South West of England. CSI is a pioneering research project led by the National Marine Aquarium. Covering the 191 mile stretch of coastline from Looe in Cornwall, to Weymouth in Dorset, it looks to find out more about native seagrass and seahorses and help to conserve their fragile eco-systems.
Dorset Countryside Volunteers
An independent group of volunteers who undertake work associated with the countryside and conservation, on behalf of charities and other organisations involved in conservation or the improvement of public amenities anywhere within the county.
Litter Free Coast and Sea
Through numerous projects, community beach care groups and campaigns we look to engage everyone who uses the Dorset and East Devon coast, taking a shared approach to:
• Empower local people, businesses and communities to take action to reduce beach litter and improve bathing water quality.
• Encourage people to get involved with the campaign, supporting projects that get people interested.
• Educate about the impact of litter and water quality across all age groups.
• Promote positive solutions and share our successes, results and research.
Portland Bird Observatory
An independent organisation and a UK registered charity. We cater not just for birders but for naturalists of all persuasions, and our accommodation in the Old Lower Lighthouse is available to anyone who wishes to stay with us and enjoy any aspect of the natural environment of Portland.
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
The new combined Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service came into being on 1 April 2016, and now serves the local authority areas of Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole, Swindon and Wiltshire.