Planet Purbeck Articles & News


LIZZIE CONSTANTINE NHS PULMONARY EXERCISE SPECIALIST and NORDIC WALKER    Lizzie Constantine describes her move to Purbeck from Buckinghamshire, three years ago, as the best decision she’s ever made. Last year, during the lockdown, her partner proposed to her in a flower meadow above Durlston.  Lizzie brings a burst of energy to Purbeck. If you can […]

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COP26 - Was it a success?

Success or Failure? Hello Members & Supporters, I don't know about you, but with so many COP26 reports, opinions, and all of the analysis, it's been hard to decipher if it was a success or failure!? To help you decide, we wanted to share the best post-COP26 analysis we could find. It's wonderfully concise, and identifies practical actions we […]

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Rhiannon Shutler

Rhiannon Shutler Autor, Illustrator and Conservationist Rhiannon is a busy person; along with raising two children, she is currently working two jobs and somehow finds time to write books and poems in her spare time. The natural world has always been an important theme in her life, she is often seen taking home abandoned small […]

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Liv Cooper

Liv Cooper BIRDS OF POOLE HARBOUR OSPREY PROJECT Liv Cooper has one of the most unusual mothering roles in Purbeck. Liv lives near Wareham, but through summer months, she preps fish for osprey chicks on the shores of Poole Harbour. She and the team at the Birds of Poole Harbour Osprey re-introduction project, hope these chicks […]

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The Corfe River Wildlife Event

In this short film, we speak with Steve Oliver (Dorset Wildlife Trust) and Gen Crisford (National Trust) as they host an event inviting locals to explore wildlife in the Corfe River. Steve explains that events like this engage local people by helping them to understand the biodiversity around them. He goes on to say; “Most […]

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KEVIN KEATES (KEATES QUARRIES)  - QUARRYMAN and STONEMASON Among the huge slabs of honey-coloured Purbeck stone near Acton, Kevin Keates is a real gem. He’s warm, kind and a great storyteller, but he also has a secret skill: he can read the rocks under our shoes like a book. He can tell which ones are lying […]

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JULIE HATCHER MARINE BIOLOGIST Julie Hatcher fell in love with Kimmeridge a long time ago. She was studying marine biology at the time but was imagining her career would take her somewhere like South America; ‘Dolphins were my thing,’ she says.  It was while volunteering at Kimmeridge, during her first year at uni, that she realised […]

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Respond to the Beaver Consultation

Residents in Purbeck have until 17th November 2021 to take part in a consultation to reintroduce beavers to England After around 400 years of extinction in England, in August 2020 a wild population of beavers were officially given permission to remain in the River Otter, Devon. The government has now launched a landmark consultation regarding […]

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FRANK ROBERTS VOLUNTEER at HERSTON HALT & SWANAGE ARMY LINK Frank gets things done. During the 40 years or so he’s lived in Swanage, he’s installed signalling along sections of the Swanage railway line; he’s helped join the Swanage line into the national rail network; renovated and maintained the Herston Halt stop; initiated community litter-picking […]

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Planet Purbeck Festival Impact & Highlights

Thank you all for your support in making this festival happen! What an uplifting and energising week it was!

We have had so much positive feedback from our community with everyone already saying they are looking forward to next year's festival.

Thank you to everyone who completed the festival feedback survey, here's a summary of the impact the festival had on our local community:

71% of respondents felt inspired to make a positive change due to the festival

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