Wilder grazing unit: July & August update

Work is now underway to install the seven new cattle grids at RSPB Arne which will keep the grazing animals contained once the internal fencing has been removed, along with a new pig-proof outer boundary fence.

Purbeck Heaths grazing unit - new cattle grid

Cattle grid update

The new cattle grids will  take approx. 7 weeks to complete in total throughout August and September. Dorset Highways will be undertaking the installation works, working Monday-Friday between 7.30am-4.30pm.

This will also involve constructing a ‘bypass road’ adjacent to each of the new cattle grids, this will be a gated, paved area and ensure access for pedestrians, cyclists and mobility vehicles unable to cross the cattle grid.

Full details, including the cattle grid locations can be found by clicking HERE

Further project progress

  • tenders issued for roadside ditching & banking, internal ditches and parking rationalisation
  • drone flights completed with extensive photographic data gathered to form basis of baseline data
  • Bournemouth Uni students completed ‘ground truthing’ surveys to cross reference with drone data and trail camera data for baseline monitoring of species
  • successful Iron Age Weekend event held, centred on the new heathland dwelling, held over August Bank Holiday weekend at Arne attended by over 300 people.
  • website design contract awarded
  • company awarded contract to facilitate co-creation of Sustainable Tourism Plan
c. Dorset Council