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Lytchett Bay Nature Partnership (LBNP)

Lytchett Bay

Lytchett Bay and its surroundings provide habitats for a huge diversity of wildlife as well as open spaces for people to enjoy a variety of activities. Yet the opportunities for exercise, relaxation, and nature watching are still unknown to many.

In recognition of this, an exciting new partnership is just being launched, seeking to promote the value of Lytchett Bay whilst balancing the needs for both people and wildlife. 

Almost all the land surrounding the Bay is now in sympathetic conservation minded ownership. The management and creation of a 'Nature Partnership' is a public expression of the intention of the parties to work together to manage the area for its special features.

The LBNP includes the land owners and land managers immediately adjacent to the shore as well as Borough of Poole; Dorset Wildlife Trust; The Lees Family; the RSPBLytchett Minster & Upton Town CouncilbirdsofpooleharbourLivability - holtonlee; and the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. The Partnership recognises many stakeholders and seeks to build a wider network of participants in the years ahead.

If you would like to explore volunteering opportunities at Lytchett Bay, please email us.

Poole Heathland update

Heathland Poole

February is a busy time for the Borough of Poole’s natural habitats team, as conservation teams and volunteers alike make their final push with the Winter Works.

It is also an exciting month for partnership working. Poole’s Heathland volunteers will be joining Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust’s volunteers on Dunyeats Hill today, 6 February, to help them clear this precious site of tree scrub which threatens heathland flora.

On 28 February, we’ll round off a successful season with a partnership task on Ham Common, where staff and volunteers from Poole’s Heathland and Dorset Wildlife Trust will be teaming up to clear an area of dominant leggy gorse. These organisations are members of the Urban Heaths Partnership, which also includes Dorset Police and other local authorities and conservation groups sharing resources and working together to protect and improve the heath for generations to come.

Volunteer opportunity of the month

Oakdale Library Garden

Poole Enviroteers would like to present Oakdale Library Gardens as this month’s volunteer opportunity. Oakdale Library Gardens is a small but beautiful patch of garden surrounding the Oakdale Library.

The Oakdale Library Gardens Association holds a regular volunteer activity on Mondays and are always looking for new volunteers! The next volunteering session is on 11 February, keep up to date and 'like' them here.

Poole Park Life update

Rock Boulders at Poole Park

Work is commencing on two lake and lagoon improvement projects in Poole Park, as part of a £2.7 million National Lottery funded project.

Work has recently started on improving the water quality and biodiversity of the lagoon (boating lake) and the two smaller freshwater lakes to benefit both recreational users and wildlife.

Preparations are also underway for the new sluice gate, more details can be found here. We also have the following events taking place in the Park over the next few weeks:

  • Lakes and Lagoon Walk and Talk, Saturday 9 February, 11am-12.30pm. Learn about the works taking place as we take a tour around the park. Meet outside entrance to The Ark Café at 11am.   
  • Lagoon Litter Pick, Thursday 14 February 2-5pm. A drop-in event, based at Middle Car park (near to roundabout). Please wear old clothing and wellies for the litter pick.
  • Garden Volunteer sessions continue on Thurs 28 February, 1-4pm and Thurs 28 March, 4pm-7pm. Volunteers will be planting the Rose Garden plus maintaining the Quiet Garden. If you like to volunteer please contact Toni Powell, Community Engagement Officer.

Sandbanks Shore Road pavement flooding

Sandbanks drains

For some time there has been issue with flooding off Shore Road pavement, initially it was thought this was from the sea but investigation proved that road drains in area were blocked. When the drains were originally installed they flowed into Poole Harbour but over many years the beach has built up, blocking the drains. 

To allow them to flow again and take water off the pavement, ditches and ponds have been created in this area. As this area is part of Poole Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest, the work was designed to minimise impact on the wildlife, with the main area of work being in an area of small pine trees, thick bramble and Japanese rose that were invading the rare beach vegetation of sea lyme grass and marram grass. Removing these plants protects the natural beach vegetation, which will regrow into these areas. Permission was gained from Natural England to allow this work to take place.

Upton Country Park would like to hear from you!

Upton Country Park

The team at Upton Country Park are keen to gather feedback from the public to support their Heritage Lottery Fund Discovery Project.

If you enjoy a visit to the Country Park and can spare 10 minutes, please head to the website where you can find a visitor survey to complete. Your views would be very welcome and it will provide vital information as part of the Round 2 Heritage Lottery Fund bid. Many thanks! 

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Branksome Recreation Ground

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