Wildlife Matters

Wildlife Matters

Welcome to Wildlife Matters, a podcast by Dorset Wildlife Trust. Hear from our expert staff and special guests about our work to protect Dorset’s wildlife and wild places. And find out what you can do to make space for nature in your life and help wildlife wherever you live.


November 30, 2023 32 mins

The Urban Green project aimed to empower local people to improve their green spaces for the benefit of people and wildlife. Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wilder Communities Officer, Anona Dawson talks to Tessa Nesbit, the rector of St Peter’s Church in Hamworthy to share the story of the transformation of the Bluebell Community Woodland at St Michael’s Church, Hamworthy. Their conversation gives an insight into the project’s incredible i...

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What is the power of peat?

Peatland is such an important and amazing habitat - it can store carbon, help to tackle climate change, reduce flooding and provides the right conditions for a variety of wildlife. Join Tilly Hudsmith, master's student at Exeter University in conversation with Grace Herve, project manager for the Dorset Peat Partnership about the environmental impact and significance of this collaborative peat project hap...

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October 6, 2023 15 mins

Allowing nature to take the lead is the ethos underpinning the rewilding project at Wild Woodbury. Reversing the system of deep ditches built to drain the land was a key part of the vision to rewet the land to create habitat for wildlife and to slow the flow to reduce flood risk - find out how and why Dorset Wildlife Trust has renaturalised the headwaters of the River Sherford across the land and the difference it has made for wild...

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September 7, 2023 46 mins

Meet our President, Dr George McGavin

An engaging and entertaining conversation between Dorset Wildlife Trust’s President, Dr George McGavin and Assistant Warden, James Cartwright. The two of them talk career paths, the importance of slowing down on a walk, a day in the life of a reserve warden, the role of nature reserves, and exchange views on verge cutting, seed banks, forest bathing and the perennial question of the importance ...

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In this episode we join Marine Awareness Officer, Julie Hatcher and award-winning videographer Doug Anderson as they chat about his remarkable career as one of the world’s top underwater cameramen. Doug shares some of the highs and lows of his fascinating career which spans more than 20 years as well as sharing his views on the damage he has witnessed to our seabeds and marine wildlife. You can read more about Doug’s extensive port...

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May 4, 2023 60 mins

Taking place on the first Sunday of May, International Dawn Chorus Day is the worldwide celebration of nature's greatest symphony. This year we want to bring the dulcet tones of Dorset's diverse birds to you. Sit back and immerse yourself in the rich and vibrant sounds of birdsong from the Dorset Beaver Project site and reconnect with nature.


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March 20, 2023 29 mins

Join chief executive Brian Bleese as he talks with Hazel from the Wildlife Matters team about our pioneering re-wilding project in Bere Regis. We also join the team as they welcome staff and children from Bere Regis Primary School on site as part of a long term community project. 


Make a donation to our rewilding project, Wild Woodbury.



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March 20, 2023 44 mins

History was made in February 2021 when Dorset Wildlife Trust released a pair of Eurasian beavers into an enclosed site in west Dorset as part of a scientific study to assess the impact of beavers on their natural environment. Join Steve Oliver and Jack from our Wildlife Matters team as they talk about the significance and progress of this exciting project.


Make a donation to the beaver project


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March 16, 2023 34 mins

Join us as we hear from Daisy Meadowcroft and Jim White as they chat about the history of Kingcombe and what makes it such a special place.



Find out more about Kingcombe National Nature Reserve




Become a member and protect wild spaces in Dorset




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