Butterfly Conservation received a Chalk and Cheese grant to run a
series of events on two of its nature reserves in north and mid Dorset
during 2007 to try to encourage local involvement. The project is called
'Reconnecting: people and countryside' and the two areas are Alners
Gorse Reserve on the edge of Hazelbury Bryan, and Lankham Bottom
Reserve in the valley leading up to the A37 above Maiden Newton and
Cattistock. The two places are very different from each other but both are
very rich not only in butterflies but in wildlife in general.
Access to the reserves
Alners Gorse The reserve entrance is on the road from Hazelbury
Bryan to Kings Stag beside the Hazelbury Bryan village sign and 30mph
sign. Park on the road verge well away from the bend or in the small
carpark just inside the entrance. Map reference: ST 736100.
Lankham Bottom The reserve entrance is off the minor road from
Cattistock to the A37 about ½ mile from the A37. Park inside the metal
gate and walk down the track to explore.
Map Reference ST 606004.
For further information and to book places on events, please contact
Nigel Spring on 01963.23559 or 07981.776767, or email nigelspring - at - yahoo.co.uk. Look at the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation website
to find out more about these reserves.