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Habitat Destroyed On West Dorset Nature Reserve

Ripped up Hazel Stool

Published at 7:44am 2nd December 2014.

Trees have been torn up and a track has been laid down through one of Dorset Wildlife Trust's most important West Dorset nature reserves.

The extensive and deliberate damage to Hendover Coppice, near Hillfield has been caused to create a shortcut for vehicles to get to the parking area to the adjacent road.

Track created by damaging woodland

The ancient woodland nature reserve is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) which supports protected Dormice and rich woodland flora.

DWT site warden, Neil Gibson, said, "This kind of careless habitat destruction on a nature reserve is unacceptable and deeply distressing. 

"Protected species, such as Dormice inhabit the reserve and survey boxes are found in the immediate vicinity of the cleared area. 

"There are also over 120 individual orchids in this area of several different species.  These sites are deemed to be abundant with wildlife and need to be protected." 

As a result, the conservation charity is calling for the general public to help protect its nature reserves from criminal damage by remaining vigilant at all times and reporting any damage to Dorset Police and DWT. 

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