The Great Heath Living Landscape project is pleased to have launched its first community notice board at the Bournemouth Oceanarium.
Led by Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT), the Great Heath project has connected thousands of people living in east Dorset with their local wildlife, through events, activities and information boards in the area since its launch in April 2014.
The Great Heath Learning and Interpretation Officer, Nicky Hoar said “We’re really pleased to be working with The Oceanarium, and it’s a fantastic place for our first community board. The Great Heath includes the coastline and seas of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch as well as our heaths, woods and meadows, so we hope the new boards will help locals and visitors to discover the amazing nature of this area and how they can make a difference for wildlife. Thank you to the Oceanarium for blazing the trail!”
Oliver Buttling, Head Aquarist from the Oceanarium said, “The Oceanarium is passionate about conservation and we are always eager to work with local conservation groups and charities. We hope that by displaying The Great Heath noticeboard we can educate and inspire our visitors about the wonderful wildlife right on our doorstep and the great work that Dorset Wildlife Trust co-ordinate”
The Great Heath project was launched in April 2014, following a grant of £2.2 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and £2 million raised by partners and the local community. The project then purchased 1500 acres of land in east Dorset, and formed the creation of a partnership to ensure excellent access, interpretation and management of almost 100 sites.
The new community board includes a map of the sites included in the project, and information about how to volunteer. Events and activities organised by the Great Heath will also be displayed on the board on a regular basis.
For more information or to support The Great Heath project, visit www.thegreatheath.org or phone 01202 692033.