Thu, 09 Feb|
Ugly Duckling Cafe
Nurturing Nature coffee & cake morning
This Shaftesbury event is one of a series organised locally by the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership. A chance to talk and ask questions about what the Nurturing Nature project has on offer for you. Meet the team behind this project at some lovely local cafes. Just drop in.
Time & Location
09 Feb 2023, 10:00 – 13:00
Ugly Duckling Cafe, Unit 6, Swans Yard, Shaftesbury SP7 8JQ, UK
About the Event
You’re Invited to the ‘Nurturing Nature’ Coffee & Cake Mornings
Multiple Dates Feb - March | Multiple Café Locations | Free Drop-in Style
A chance to talk and ask questions about what the Nurturing Nature project has on offer for you. Meet the team behind this project at some lovely local cafes in the area during these upcoming drop-in style mornings.
Here is more information:
The Nurturing Nature project is one of 20 projects that form the Cranborne Chase & Chalke Valley
Landscape Partnership Scheme (Chase & Chalke), made possible through funding from the National
Lottery Heritage Fund. The project is being delivered as part of this wider scheme and is managed by the
Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre, in collaboration with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
The Nurturing Nature project is focused on collecting data on the distinctive flora and fauna of the Chase
& Chalke area within Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The habitats of
Cranborne Chase include chalk grassland, chalk streams, arable fields, and small woodlands. The
project aims to train over 100 new volunteers, with little or no experience in wildlife surveying, to become
‘biological recorders’ in their local area. We aim to use this data to improve our understanding of
biodiversity in the area, and provide a new baseline of information, which we can use to inform future
conservation projects in the area too.
The team have been arranging a vast range of training activities for our volunteers, based both online
and in-person, run by a variety of wildlife experts, nature organisations and local groups. In February and
March, we have courses which are being delivered by our partners at the Species Recovery Trust, the
Field Studies Council, Acer Ecology and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species. These cover
identification of grasses, aquatic plants, woodland flowers, trees, fungi, reptiles, beetles and mammal
tracks and signs. We also have lots more training arranged for later on in the year covering more plants,
birds, barn owls, bats, a multitude of mammals and bumblebees. There is also scope to add lots more
training based on the interest of our volunteers.
Over the next few months, we will be delivering many community events to reach out to local
communities across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire to tell people more about the training programme.
In Shaftesbury, we have two upcoming Coffee and Cake Mornings at the Ugly Duckling Café scheduled
for 10-1pm on the 9th of February and 16th of March. Please contact AnnaC@wsbrc.org to register your
If you would like to sign up as a volunteer, please click on the following link and fill out an application
form. You will then be able to sign up for the Nurturing Nature training opportunities over on the Volunteer