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Durlston Country Park NNR Study Day
Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve was Dorset’s first Country Park and has been owned and managed by Dorset County Council since 1976.
Over 3,000 species of living thing have been recorded at Durlston and the site is of international importance for it’s breeding seabirds (including the most easterly colonies of Guillemots and Razorbills on the south coast), calcareous grassland (featuring rarities such as Early English Gentian and Early Spider Orchid) and it is one of the UK’s best sites for butterflies, with 34 species regularly seen.
The site has always been managed under the ethos of ‘Conservation for Public Enjoyment’ and welcomes around 250,000 visitors a year. The Visitor Centre at Durlston Castle was recently restored as part of a £6m HLF project and was voted ‘Heritage Project of the Year’ in the 2012 HLF awards. An annual programme of over 160 events a year includes performance, art exhibitions, health and wellbeing activities and training courses.
The Park currently operates at a 114% cost recovery rate and has over 12,000 volunteer hours each year.
A new £1.2m HLF project will develop management of the historic landscape and opportunities for visitors with disabilities and socially isolated older people, as well as opportunities for play and recreation.
A short presentation will be followed by a tour of the site and Castle and provide the opportunity to find out how this fantastic site is managed and sustained by a small team of Rangers and volunteers.
Meet at the Learning Centre, Durlston Country Park
For more information visit www.durlston.co.uk
Teas and coffees provided. Please bring a pack lunch with you, although there is a cafe on site https://durlston.co.uk/visit-cafe.aspx . (bear in mind this may be very busy!)
There are car parking charges for this site (£2 all day)
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