New projects

These are some of the projects we are planning to work on this year:

If you are interested in one or more of them, or you have additional ideas for achieving the project aims, let us know at info@sustainablewareham.org 

Helping our swallows, swifts and martins
Raise awareness about the plight of swallows, martins and swifts and empower the local community around Wareham to take action to help increase their populations. Activities could include:

  • Map active colonies in the Wareham area so their population can be monitored year on year.
  • Engage local ‘champions’ to take positive action to help increase the local population by, for example, installing nest cups/boxes, encouraging the inclusion of ‘swift bricks’ in new builds, using their calls to attract first-time breeders to a colony, maintaining sources of wet mud for use in nest-cup building etc.
  • Engage residents and businesses in creating wild areas in their gardens to provide vital habitat for insects – the food of swallows, martins and swifts.

Hedgehogs Galore
A project working with the three primary schools in the Wareham area to make their school areas hedgehog friendly.  Experts from the Dorset Mammal Group and volunteers from Hedgehog-Friendly Wareham & Sandford will give talks to the children, and they will learn how to make hedgehog boxes and improve habitats.

Active and Sustainable travel
Help residents and visitors to Wareham and the surrounding area reduce our high dependency on cars by raising awareness of alternative transport options and increasing their accessibility. 
With Purbeck Transport Action Group (PTAG) mount events in Wareham during European Mobility week (16 – 22 September) and International Car Free day (22 September 2023):

  • ask local attractions / catering outlets to offer incentives such as discounts to those who travel car-less;
  • engage local schools in mapping safe walking and cycling routes around the town and to nearby attractions such as Wareham Forest
  • Identify unconnected networks and ask people how they would like to get to places or destinations that they can’t do easily now.
  • Put a map Online showing how to get to various locations from Wareham without using a car – as seen in our new leaflet ‘Visit Wareham for Nature and Wildlife’.  Keep adding to it.

Nature Walks
Initial idea, which is to be developed, is to run a series of Nature Walks in the Wareham area led by experts where we can share knowledge and enable learning. These could be tailored to different groups and run in all seasons to encompass the range of flora and fauna seen across the year.

 

 

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