Pastures New, Dorset

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extending and linking existing habitat

Dorset Wildlife Trust

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Pastures New is an exciting grassland restoration project for landowners and farmers in Dorset. Pastures and meadows are extremely valuable habitats for an array of wildlife but many have been lost or degraded over the years.

The scheme supports grassland management and conservation by providing free advice, business and marketing support and capital funding - bringing major benefits to the 2,265 hectares of priority grassland in the area.

The scheme will also expand the area of habitat by 500 hectares at strategically targeted locations to extend, buffer and link existing habitat patches. This five-year project is, of course, just the start of the programme to restore these habitats, which is a long-term commitment.  

Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane

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What's happening?


  • Restoration and recreation of priority grassland and associated habitats
  • Grassland management and meadow enhancement
  • Connection of existing areas of high biodiversity
  • Provision of advice to landowners
  • A grazing brokerage and machinery ring have been established. 

Start: date: 2007

End date 2012

Scheme area: 25,509 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Brackett's Coppice, Kingcombe Meadows, Powerstock Common, Loscombe, South Poorton, Hendover Coppice and Nunnery Mead

This scheme is helping species including...

Pink meadow-cap, early gentian, adonis blue and marsh fritillary butterflies and skylark

This scheme is also...

Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, improving access for people, providing volunteering opportunities and skills training, producing local food.


Local landowners

To find out more

Email: | Tel: 01300 321329 | Pastures New


Living Landscapes

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Farming & wildlife

Find out more about our farmland conservation work with farmers and landowners, and on our own wildlife-friendly demonstration farms.