We carry out practical conservation work on several wildlife sites in the Cerne Valley to improve the chances of downland species like the Duke of Burgundy butterfly. The work involves cutting small trees, bushes and bramble to open up the grassland habitats, and stacking or burning the debris.
Need to know
This work will run on Thursdays between September and March from 9/10 am until around 4pm. You are welcome to attend for the whole day or just part of it.
You will need waterproofs, suitable walking footwear or workboots, snack and drink, mug for hot drinks. We generally provide soup for lunch but volunteers are recommended to bring their own lunch and snacks as well. We provide coffee and tea mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Meeting points to be confirmed by email or text during the week before and advertised on the EuCAN Google calendar. Minibus transport can be provided from Weymouth and Dorchester and lifts from other parts of Dorset can usually be arranged.
This project was established in 2012 and has made great progress since then. To learn more about the background, go to this link: http://www.eucan.org.uk/uk/dorset/cerne-valley-project/making-the-connections-our-cerne-valley-community-landscape-project/