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Current projects include Dorset Dogs, who promote responsible dog ownership, and past projects involving Sandford Heritage.

Dorset Dogs

Dorset Dogs champions positive management for dogs in town, coast and countryside and promotes responsible dog ownership.

Dorset Dogs recognises that the companionship of dogs is wonderful for physical health and emotional wellbeing. When that goes hand in hand with responsible dog ownership there are great benefits not just for people but also for the value and care given to our countryside and green spaces and the wildlife that live there. 

Dorset Dogs provides a wealth of information about places to go with your dog, events and news. You can also join free as a member. You can also follow them on Facebook.

Each year the Kennel Club (KC) honour those who have taken a positive approach to the issues surrounding canine access. In 2013 Dorset Dogs won the 'KC Dog Special Recognition Award' for its work.

Dorset Dogs runs a wide range of events including an annual Dogs Festival, survey work, seminars, promotion of the 'doggy do code', and other work with dog owners, dog and countryside organisations, charities and land managers.

The Great Heath

The Great Heath is a partnership of voluntary organisations, local authorities, businesses and communities working together to create a living landscape for people and wildlife. Find out more about the Great Heath.

Other projects

Many different projects are underway. Most of these are run by other organisations or partners involved with the Urban Heaths Partnership.

Heathlands need careful management to ensure their continuity.  Some projects are involved in heathland restoration, conservation, wildlife and plant surveys and even reclamation. 

Other projects that are relevant include plant surveys and getting involved outdoors - at home or in the local environment.

Forestry Commission Forest and Heathland Project

Approximately 850 hectares of heathland has been created under the Forestry Commission Forest and Heathland Project and the quality and linkage of the designated heathland areas has been enhanced throughout the southern heathland forests between Dorchester and Ringwood.

Major heathland restoration on Forestry Commission land began during the early 1990s.  Around 25% of the entire area of the main heathland forests is designated permanent heathland, in addition to miles of enhanced heathland ridge habitat, and 'temporary heath' areas (young forest plantations between 1 and 15 years old).  The strengths of the forest and heathland habitats are clear to see with strong populations of all key heathland species, as well as a wide variety of important non-heath species, including notable populations of Turtle Dove, Dormice and woodland bats.

Recent projects include the removal of invasive rhododendron at Moreton Forest to create 30 hectares of wet/humid heath, establishment of a further 20 hectares of dry heath on Duddle Heath in Puddletown Forest and the creation of around 60 hectares of heath in Whitesheet plantation through the removal of conifer scrub and gorse.

For further information contact the Forestry Commission office at Lyndhurst on 02380 283141.

RSPB Dorset Heathland Project

The Dorset Heathland Project was set up in 1989 in order to offset continuing losses of lowland heathland and to reduce fragmentation, through a programme of land management advice and habitat restoration. Find out more about the RSPB Dorset Heathland Project.

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