Restoring Nature’s Networks
7.30 – 9.00 pm Wednesday 10th November.
We are looking to these presentations to be a springboard for our campaign to establish a “Gert Big Dorset hedgerow(s)” to span the county North to South and East to West. There will be an opportunity for questions after each of the speakers. The Zoom code for the meeting is:
Meeting ID: 831 5174 5426
Nicola Hopkins from the ‘Farming and Wildlife Group SW’:
FWAG was first established as a charity in the 1960s by a group of forward thinking farmers who saw that the environment was an important part of a successful farming business. Our purpose is to promote and enhance the conservation of wildlife, the environment and the landscape in relation to modern environmental needs. The team in Dorset works with farmers to deliver projects with a range of partners. We currently work with the Dorset Wildlife Trust on a project called Dorset Wild Rivers, the Dorset AONB on Farming in Protected Landscapes and the Environment Agency on the Stour Headwaters project as well as providing day to day support for our membership.”
David Westbrook of Natural England has Nature Recovery Networks as his remit:
Natural England is the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England. Our vision is of thriving nature for people and planet and we have a key role in delivering the 25 Year Environment Plan. Our everyday work in Dorset is very varied - from the Purbeck “super nature reserve”, through farmer and developer advice, to collecting and analysing environmental data - and is all about working with the widest range of partners to restore nature. We’re particularly keen to help Dorset to play its part creating the Nature Recovery Network - a national network of wildlife rich places to help tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and well-being.