Dorset Midweek Volunteers


Conservation Task Programme

Note: there is a small possibility of a programme change at short notice.  

       Please contact to confirm.   Email:  eucan.dmv@gmail.com

Mobile phone:  07790 219463  (every Tuesday and all task days)

  Read about some of our work-sites +        PHOTOS    

If you require a seat in the minibus the usual pick-up points are:

Weymouth - Lynch Lane - depart 0845

Dorchester Railway Station - depart 0915

Occasionally, pick up times may change. Please ensure that you check the details for the day.

NOTE:  We work on a variety of tasks in a variety of areas and conditions where volunteers eyes may be at risk of injury if unprotected. We therefore recommend the wearing of safety glasses.  We issue a personal set of safety glasses to all regular volunteers, and can lend a set to occasional volunteers. Please ask.

Wednesday 14th November 2018 - Paccombe farm Donkey Sanctuary

Hello,

Our final visit (this year) across the border into East Devon, to the Donkey sanctuary's Paccombe farm site where we shall be cutting down and burning invasive rhododendron.

This is a new site for us, so RISK ASSESSMENT

The tel. numbers for the day will be  07790 219 463  and  07763 923 545.

From the Donkey Sanctuary website :

“Paccombe Farm is located in the beautiful hamlet of Harcombe near The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth. Half of it (approximately 90 acres) consists of woodland where wildlife such as otters, bats and dormice can be seen. The other half is home to almost 400 donkeys. The layout of the farm is ideal both for the specific needs of elderly donkeys and for groups of boisterous young Irish male donkeys.”

We shall aim to take all of our chainsaws (so operators please bring any chainsaws and have appropriate PPE), together with the usual array of hand tools and fire-kit.

The distance means that we shall be setting out early, and to arrange additional transport we really do need to know in good time whether you wish to reserve a minibus seat: Times below are subject to traffic conditions.

  1. Seven Acres Road: 0715
  2. Cranford Avenue (Dorchester Rd Junction)  : 0725
  3. Weymouth Asda 0735
  4. Depart Weymouth (Lynch Lane) at 0800, then picking up from Southill and along Dorchester Road en-route to Dorchester.
  5. Meet / depart Dorchester South  Railway Station at 0820
  6. Poundbury 0835
  7. Winterborne Abbas 0845
  8. Bridport junction Sea Rd South / Pasture Way 0900

If making your own way Meet on site: 10.00

Ref map below:

From the A3052, take the right turn before the Blue Ball Inn and continue down this lane past bungalows for about ¼ mile. Take the right turn signposted to Harcombe and follow this lane for about 1½ miles. You will drive past a farmyard and come to a little bridge and a fork in the road - take the right-hand fork signposted to Paccombe Farm. Continue along the track and follow the farm sign, go past the first set of buildings (the training centre), and continue for another 100m to the main yard.

Wednesday 21st November 2018 - Valley Of Stones, Scrub Management

Grassland management at Valley of Stones NNR for Natural England

Clear and burn unwanted gorse and scrub regrowth  as part of the rotational management plan to maintain lowland grassland habitat conditions on the south-east part of this national nature reserve. View the site’s webpage for more information.

Chainsaws and brushcutters operators to have correct PPE, please.

Purpose: Management of Gorse

Gorse is very important for birds and for invertebrates. However, it does have the potential to encroach onto otherwise valuable land., so has to be managed.

Gorse is relatively short lived (up to 25 years), but with careful management, its vigour and value for wildlife can be maintained.

Compact gorse is ideal for a range of nesting heathland, downland and farmland birds, including the Dartford warbler, stonechat, linnet and yellowhammer.  It is in flower for long periods, so is an important nectar source in early spring and early winter.

Minibus pick-ups:

08.45 at Sureways Removals, Lynch Lane, Weymouth

09.15 at Dorchester South train station

(contact us to book a seat).

 

Or Meet on site: 10.00 at grid ref: 601873 - reserve entrance near crossroads at the top of Portesham Hill.

Wednesday 28th November 2018 - Hog Cliff - Scrub Management

This week we shall be clearing and burning Gorse and bramble as part of the management of this Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is principally important for its unimproved  / species-rich / chalk downland.

The purpose of this task is to maintain the chalk grassland habitat diversity that has evolved over centuries of traditional grazing management. We achieve that controlling the mix of gorse, bramble, blackthorn and other scrub to create a mixed sward with a patchy mosaic of long and short grassy areas across the reserve.

Opportunity for brush-cutting and chainsaws. Operators to use appropriate PPE. Usual rules on power tool PPE and safe working distances, and for the comfort and enjoyment those using hand tools we should try to ensure that power tools work as far away as is practicable.

Minibus pick-ups:

08.45 at Sureways Removals, Lynch Lane, Weymouth

09.15 at Dorchester South train station

(contact us to book a seat).

Or Meet on site:   0930 - 10.00 at grid ref: SY620975 - entrance to Hog Cliff Farm on A37,

2 ½  miles north of Grimstone.

Satnav:   Lat 50.775827 : Long.  –(minus) 2.5403043

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Hog Cliff National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

It forms part of the wider Cerne and Sydling Downs Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and lies within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  Learn more about the site HERE and Download PDF

NOTE:  We work on a variety of tasks in a variety of areas and conditions where volunteers eyes may be at risk of injury if unprotected. We therefore recommend the wearing of safety glasses.  We issue a personal set of safety glasses to all regular volunteers, and can lend a set to occasional volunteers. Please ask.

Wednesday 5th December 2018 - Sandford Heath- Pine removal

This week we shall be removing Pine - including small ‘chainsaw-size’ trees, so a mixture of power and hand tools.   Usual rules on power tool PPE and safe working distances, and for the comfort and enjoyment those using hand tools we should try to ensure that power tools as far away as is practicable.

As was the case on our previous visit, the large amount of Purple Moor Grass (Molinia) makes it unsafe to have a fire, so all material will be dragged to the track for later removal.

As we know, the area can be damp / wet in places, so Wellies advisable

 

Meeting point: By the green barrier toward the lower end of Station Road and we shall then move onto site via the gate by the lab fence.  Grid ref - SY943906, Satnav: Lat 50.715207. Long: - 2.0819011

If you require a seat in the minibus, contact us to reserve a seat.

The pick-up points are:

  Weymouth - Lynch Lane - depart 0845

  Dorchester South Railway Station - depart 0915

Sandford Heath is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve.

We have worked on this site for some years, removing rhododendron, conifers, and birch to assist with Natural England’s extensive management plan to restore this important part of Dorset’s remaining heathland. As a consequence, heather is now vigorously re-colonising the opened areas.

NOTE:  We work on a variety of tasks in a variety of areas and conditions where volunteers eyes may be at risk of injury if unprotected. We therefore recommend the wearing of safety glasses.  We issue a personal set of safety glasses to all regular volunteers, and can lend a set to occasional volunteers. Please ask.

Wednesday 12th December 2018 - Coppicing , Parsons Coppice, Hog Cliff

This is a continuation of the gradual coppicing of hazel in Parson’s Coppice.

As in previous years we shall protect the new shoots from deer by weaving baskets around the coppiced stools.

The coppicing will be done in 'patches' so as to leave areas of open woodland floor to encourage woodland species.

Mainly hand tools will be in use, plus 2 or 3 chainsaws for tidying the stools. (machine operators to have correct PPE, please).

 

View the site’s webpage for more information.

 

Minibus pick-ups:

08.45 at Sureways Removals, Lynch Lane, Weymouth

09.15 at Dorchester South train station

(contact us to book a seat).

 

Or Meet on site:   0930 - 10.00 at grid ref: SY620975 - entrance to Hog Cliff Farm on A37, 2 ½  miles north of Grimstone.

Satnav:   Lat 50.775827 : Long.  –(minus) 2.5403043

NOTE:  We work on a variety of tasks in a variety of areas and conditions where volunteers eyes may be at risk of injury if unprotected. We therefore recommend the wearing of safety glasses.  We issue a personal set of safety glasses to all regular volunteers, and can lend a set to occasional volunteers. Please ask.

Wednesday 19th December 2018 - Christmas Lunch, King’s Arms Portesham

Minibus transport available if required. Please let me know if you’d like transport, and we can then arrange pick-up times. We shall aim to be at the venue for 12 Noon.

Machine operators can leave their PPE at home.

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Wed

28/11/18

West Dorset

Hog Cliff - clearing gorse

Wed

5/12/18

E Dorset

Sandford Heath. Pine removal

Wed

12/12/18

West Dorset

Hog Cliff Bottom - Coppicing in Parsons Coppice, Fence off stools

Wed

19/12/18

Christmas Lunch

Portesham

Wed

26/12/18

Christmas Break

Wed

2/1/19

Christmas Break

Wed

9/1/19

E Dorset

TBA

Wed

16/1/19

North Barn Farm

Clear self-sown Willow

Wed

23/1/19

West Dorset

Valley of Stones - Clear Scrub

Wed

30/1/19

North Barn Farm

Clear self-sown Willow

Wed

6/2/19

E Dorset

TBA

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Other information

It is possible that the schedule may change, so it is advisable to check details shortly before a task.

We usually travel by minibus, but car sharing may be arranged as appropriate.   Otherwise, participants should make their own way to the meeting place.  

For details of travel arrangements or to book a place on the minibus, use the contact details at the top and bottom of this page

Please note that the meeting place on the site may not be the final work location, in which case late arrivals may need to phone the  group’s mobile ( 07790 219463) for directions.

We usually finish working at 15.30 in order to leave the site by 16.00.

Please note that usually there are no toilets on  the worksites.

Participants should:

We provide:


Contact details

Email:  eucan.dmv@gmail.com

Mobile phone:  07790 219463  (every Tuesday and all task days), or 07763 923545