Golden Cap from Charmouth, 2004. Attribution: Nigel Chadwick
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Location Dorset, South West England

Dorset (; archaically: Dorsetshire) is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The ceremonial county comprises the unitary authority areas of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset. Covering an area of 2,653 square kilometres (1,024 sq mi), Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. The county town is Dorchester, in the south. After the reorganisation of local government in 1974, the county border was extended eastward to incorporate the Hampshire towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch. Around half of the population lives in the South East Dorset conurbation, while the rest of the county is largely rural with a low population density.

Over half the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Rewilding[edit | edit source]

  • Wilder Dorset, project of Dorset Wildlife Trust: "plans for transforming the landscape from being intensively managed to letting nature take the lead will be developed in conjunction with the surrounding community, giving local people more opportunities to connect with nature while also benefitting local wildlife." [1]

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]


Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Events[edit | edit source]

Regular events

Dorchester Green Drinks

see also: Dorset Eco Calendar, TTWP.NET

Community resources[edit | edit source]

Research[edit | edit source]

Can you help with NuFEAST?: send us your top tips for eating sustainably

News and comment[edit | edit source]


  • Hundreds march in Dorchester in protest at housing plans, BBC News (Apr 03, 2022) — protest at plans to build 4,000 houses on open land and "desecrate" the Thomas Hardy countryside


England’s first community rewilding project launches in Dorset, Sep 6 [2]

The activist entrepreneurs running zero-waste shops, Aug 6 [3]


Support growing for National Park bid (which could bring £90m funding to Dorset), May 18 [4]


Dorset organisation wins national award for innovative health project, Nov 10 [5]

Bournemouth is a step closer to becoming world leader in green economy, Oct 6 [6]

New seafront recycling campaign launched, Aug 2 [7]

Bournemouth's getting a weekly food market... sort of, Jul 13 [8]

Bournemouth's first ever Street Kitchen to help town's homeless, May 14 [9]


Bournemouth and Poole become the world's first Sustainable Fish City, April 17 [10]


Test run for Poole Harbour heat project, July 21 [11]

External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Dorset

References[edit | edit source]

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Keywords english county
Authors Phil Green
Published 2014
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