Category Archives: Wildlife

Public meeting in Dorchester this Friday on this with Brian May in attendance!

Event: 24 May 2013 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Dorchester, Dorset

The meeting is open to the public and is organised by the Team Badger Coalition which includes the RSPCA, Humane Society and the League against cruel sports. Speakers include Dr Brian May, Gavin Grant – Chief Executive of the RSPCA, Mark Jones – Managing Director of the Humane Society, and Steven Jones, a retired dairy farmer.  


Take a Stand for Badgers on June 1st


Response from Julie 18th May 2013:

Obviously this is close to my heart having lost two pet cows as inconclusive and being told my cows will contract Tb from wildlife at some point although we try to keep badgers out of winter areas it is not easy from fields (we are a closed herd) .there seems to be loads of contradictory evidence from both sides. I believe the badgers are getting Fair amount of publicity but saving cows is getting none although thousands are already slaughtered.

Most farmers i know want a Vaccination for their cows to protect them and I believe this is what should be pushed. The government will not push Europe to accept Diva test following vaccination animal rights have got it wrong by just concentrating on the cull the situation is so much worse farmers are losing livelihood in southwest but also are really struggling emotionally losing their livestock, cows often killed unnecessarily. I really hope transition think about the many people effected by the loss they already experience in this area not just wildlife which we know is important but at what cost

World Environment Days 2012

Fortuitous events favour our garden birds

Fear not because the likely answer to the lack of garden birds at tables and feeders is a happy one. Most of our common native bird species have had a good year with a bountiful hot spring, a summer without extremes and an autumn of incredible abundance. With the weather yet to show any sign of prolonged cold most birds will be at large in the wider landscape whilst hedgerow fruits and plant seeds still abound. Many garden birds use our offerings not by choice but out of necessity for close contact with human habitation has a number of risks to consider including cats, cars, regular human disturbance and often intense competition at garden feeding sites. At home we are starting to see Blue tits, Sparrows and Great tits on the nuts, but in no great numbers, whilst at work in the wild nooks of Dorset I am seeing some impressive flocks of the smaller wild birds feasting on this years Autumnal bounty while the weather permits.

I hope this puts your mind at rest. When the cold comes in and the winter hungry gap makes itself felt all of our bird table offerings will be a life line for many and reward us with the joy of watching wildlife from the window.


Email exchange

Dear Nessa thanks for your detailed email. Certainly we would be happy to let TTSN members know about your project which I know from the odd visit is a lovely place to sit and contemplate.

You could send your notices etc to both Sue and I and we will see that they get publicised.

On a personal note I am away for a couple of weeks but when I get back I am sure that Lin and I will make time to come down and meet you all. I have added you to our mailing list so that you also hear about events this end of Dorset,hope thats ok,

Best Wishes, vince

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From: Nessa Hickish <>

Date: 25 July 2011 22:48

Subject: RE: TTSN Forage Party + Cooking on Thurs. evening + Blandford Museum Bees (Useful Info from Alex today)


Hi Vince – I am Nessa Hickish the Chairman of the Victorian Kitchen Garden Club and we are most interested in your organisation too. Yes, we do operate on a Sat/Sun alternate morning – in the summer from 9.30 and the winter 10 a.m.

The times are always up in the passage way leading down to Bere’s Yard. We are quite a happy old band with a handful of younger ones thrown in to add a bit of zest! It would be of value for us to join up with you as we have lost the BVM museum link so anything that is going on could perhaps be through TTSN. We are intending to run a Quiz night in October and a Potato Day in March – which your bloggers might be interested in.

We do grow Heritage crops mostly seed bought from Pennards (the potato day people) of Somerset. We are still i nthe process of developing the garden and constructing the framework of it. The next big item is a substantially built storage/display stable. We have a rough plan. We are intending the end walls to be made of cob – a taught class where we shall learn how to make our own ‘bricks.’

In 3 seasons we have come a long way – we still have a long way to go, but that is the nature of gardening – no instant fix!

Hopefully we shall see you in the garden sometime soon. John has been a good linking person since he has become a member. He spends a lot of time in the garden and is keen to learn.

The bees have been a recent introduction and we are seeing how they/we get along together. Hopefull they will stay as they are so beneficial to us. Alex Cooper looks after them and is also extremely dedicated to his work.

Heather is our Head Gardener and Elaine is our most able secretary; Sylvia links us to the museum/education spokesperson and is our ‘grant specialist’. We have a great team of blinking hard working and dedicated members.

That’s us – regards Nessa Hickish

Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 09:26:00 +0100

Subject: Re: TTSN Forage Party + Cooking on Thurs. evening + Blandford Museum Bees (Useful Info from Alex today)




Hallo John,

the weeding followed by the forage was great fun. Probably a dozen people walked with Lucie and she is a really knowledgeable girl.

Its not the best time of year to find what one might call substantial food but we certainly had plenty of leaves etc to add to salads for nutrition and flavour.The cooking was good but needed a little more thought, next time we shall be better prepared. Maybe for an Autumn event…hope you will come.Also next time we might follow up with a short info email that covers everything that we saw, I shall discuss with nLucie what we can do.

Can I ask a bit about your Sat-Sun morning events in your garden project ? If you let me know more I shall get it posted on the TTSN website and circularise the details.

I am away for a couple of weeks but when I get back I should like to come over,

Best Wishes, vince

By the way would you and your friends like to subscribe to our TTSN blog it does circ lots of info and ideas ?

On 22 July 2011 16:23, John Barclay <> wrote:

Hello Vince,

Glad to hear about your forage – how was the cooking?! – and for interest, how many people?

Our event tomorrow morning is just our regular weekend work session in the garden (09.30 – 12.00 or so), which falls on Sat. this week – alternate Sats and Suns, so the following one will be Sun. 31st.

When we have a date for the session on the bees, shall I let you know? .. any of your members always welcome to whatever we do, of course.

Best wishes – John

On 22/07/2011 08:12, vince adams wrote:

Hallo, the weather ewas ok last night and we had an interesting forage, good fun !!

Tell me what is the event in the Museum Garden tommorrow ?

Sounds interesting,

regards, vince

On 21 July 2011 02:50, John Barclay <> wrote:

Hello everyone,

First of all, I thought some of you might be interested in the forage and cooking event in Child Okeford this evening – details below – tho the met office forecast for that area seems to be a lot wetter than Blandford’s for this evening! (Whatever the weather, I won’t be free to come to Gold Hill myself, unfortunately.)

Secondly, concerning our bees at the Museum Garden, I had a very interesting and positive 45 mins with Alex there yesterday (Wednesday), and he’s doing his best to address all our concerns (about aggressive behaviour of a few bees when we work near the hives, and about giving us more information) – tho he couldn’t do anything with the hives yesterday, due to the rain. Drier weather today should help.

If I’ve understood correctly, his immediate action will be to remove about 2/3 of the bees in the more active hive (on the left) and give the remaining bees more space by adding an empty section – as well as removing the 60lb or so of honey they’ve made since he added on those extra sections at the top of each hive. (Those sections were only to provide space for honeycomb – nothing to do with adding more bees!) There will also be 20 or 30lb to take from the other hive. The aggression may have come from their having so much honey to defend.

Depending on the weather, step two should be possible from next Tuesday (26 July), when Alex will have new Queens available, bred from a Danish strain with a calmer temperament ! .. He will then work his way thru our hives, find and remove the 2 existing queens and ‘re-queen the hives’ … From then on, things should gradually improve, as the existing bees die off and the newly hatched ones replace them. The reduced overcrowding should also help …

Information Session for everyone interested

Alex will suggest some possible dates for this – maybe as soon as next week.

Bring along your questions and they will be answered !!

Many thanks to Alex … hope to see some of you in the Garden on Saturday.

Best wishes – John

On 20/07/2011 14:46, vince adams wrote:

Transition Town Sturminster Newton Event

SOS Reminder

6.30pm tomorrow Lucie is leading a Forage at Gold Hill Organic Farm after the Weeding Party.

[ which is weekly every Thurs. at 5pm, for those who don’t know – “GREAT COMPANY, FRESH AIR AND A BAG OF WONDERFUL VEGGIES FOR THE WEEKEND” ]

Try and get along and stay for whatever we find being cooked afterwards.

Bring Family and friends it should be fun regardless of the weather !!

Vince Adams

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Event Reminder – Thursday 21st July!!

TTSN Event

SOS Reminder

6.30pm tommorrow Lucie is leading a Forage at Gold Hill Organic Farm after the Weeding Party.

Try and get along and stay for whatever we find being cooked afterwards.

Bring Family and friends it should be fun regardless of the weather !!

Click here for details

TTSN Mini Event Thursday 21st July at 6.30 pm followed by glow worm walk


Lucie Cowles a well known local expert in foraging, woodlands and the environment generally has kindly agreed to organise a forage in and around Gold Hill Organics in Child Okeford.

The walk will start after weeding which is held every Thursday on the Farm at just after 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to joing the Weeding Party which starts at 5.00pm or just come along to the Forage.

We plan to cook and eat anything we find and its possible that the Cake Tin might stay open to serve drinks etc to have with the food.

There is just so much in and around our gardens, woodlands, footpaths that is good to eat and free for everyone.

Lucie’s web address is

Glow worms

If anyone feels energetic later, it’s also a great time of year to spot Hambledon Hill glow worms. As darkness falls the females give their display on the stalks of grass tufts in the hollow above the inner rampart of the northwest quarter. Just remember it’s all too easy to come down the hill in the dark much quicker than you planned!
DCC Member Blackmore Vale

Try and make a date,

Best Wishes,    vince