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Cranborne Chase AONB E-Newsletter
Welcome to the latest update from Cranborne Chase AONB to keep you in the loop with our news, activities and events. Regular updates are posted on our social media pages so follow the links to find out more...
Star Fest 2019
See photos and videos of our space and star themed event organised as part of our bid for Dark Sky Reserve status on our Facebook page. Have you signed our Dark Sky pledge?
Sign our Dark Sky Pledge
Share your photos
We would love to see your photos and videos of Cranborne Chase so please share to #cranbornechase on Instagram. Some great videos and photos of The Chase are on there already to enjoy.
Farmland Bird Count
Our farm conservation adviser, Tracy Adams spent a sunny February day helping farmers to identify farmland birds as part of the Big Farmland Bird Count 2019.
Results of 2019 Big Farmland Bird Count
Schools plant elm trees to help white-letter hairstreak butterfly
Children at Hindon and Heytesbury primary schools have planted disease-resistant elm trees in their grounds in a bid to help numbers of white-letter hairstreak butterflies in the Wylye Valley.
The Wylye Valley farmers group, is funding the new project to reinstate elm trees and help the butterfly which relies on them for its survival.

Butterfly Conservation and the nature conservation team here at Cranborne Chase AONB have been offering advice and practical support.

Helen Pengelly from Wylye Valley Farmers, said: “This is an opportunity to demonstrate landscape scale conservation with the aim of reversing the decline in elm trees in this part of Wiltshire and to create new habitat links for the white-letter hairstreak.”

Left to right: Summer-Rose, Finley, Solomon and Sapphire at Hindon Primary School
Astrophotographer captures our dark night skies with stunning photos
We recently commissioned astrophotographer, Paul Howell at Pictor Images, to capture the spectacular night skies in Cranborne Chase. Paul spent several cold, dark nights taking photos in our top stargazing locations and the results are fantastic. The photos can be seen on our Chasing Stars website - while you're there you can sign our Dark Sky Pledge and help us in our bid to achieve Dark Sky Reserve status.   
The Calor Rural Community Fund - grants of up to £5,000 available

If you have a village hall that needs refurbishing, a community group or play park in need of new equipment, or something else that you feel would be of value to your rural community, the Calor Rural Community Fund can support you.

They offer grants of up to £5,000 for projects that will provide an on-going service for local communities, you have until Monday 29 April to apply

We regularly update the Grants and Funding page of our website with any new opportunities.
Tisbury and West Tisbury Neighbourhood Plan - final plan open for comments
The Neighbourhood Plan reflects the views of local people about planning issues in Tisbury and West Tisbury. It defines areas 'where development would, and would not be acceptable, informs design, helps protect the environment and support jobs, whilst protecting the character and landscape of the community'. The final consultation started on Monday 11th March 2019 and responses must be received no later than 5pm on Wednesday 24th April 2019.
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