Celebrating wildlife within our verges

Dorset Council’s Love Your Verge campaign is a countywide collaboration between the council’s Greenspace Service and Litter Free Dorset. The verges in Dorset host a wide range of wildlife and need protecting. The campaign aims to promote the Dorset Council verge management techniques used to encourage roadside biodiversity while reducing incidents of littering in our county. The greenspace team are embedding a ‘cut and collect’ system across Dorset to reduce cutting schedules and fertility of the soil. This in turn saves money as well as increases the number of wildflowers and pollinators in Dorset.

For more information visit the Dorset Council website via the link below.

Read more about Dorset Councils Roadside Management

Have you seen any of the signs near you?

If you spot a hedgehog, please know we are keeping an eye on the amount of litter in this area.

If you spot a bumblebee, this is an area where we are leaving verges long to encourage wildflowers.

If you spot a mouse, this is an area where grass is kept long for habitats and food.

If you spot a grass snake, this is an area where grass is cut and left in piles for animals to use as habitats.

Character designs by Claire Nuttall

Roadside Revolution

In Dorset the team use a cut and collect method to encourage wildflowers. The process is simple: cut infrequently, ideally, just twice a year in spring and then late summer once plants have bloomed and seeded; remove the clippings to gradually reduce the fertility of the soil and prevent a buildup of mulch; repeat, wait, and enjoy the resurgent wildlife and flowers.

Read more about Dorset’s Roadside Revolution

Pollinator Action Plan

Many plants rely on insects to pollinate their flowers. However, pollinators such as bees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths are in decline. Pressures such as habitat loss and degradation, pests and diseases, pesticide use and climate change individually and in combination are having negative impacts on populations.

The Pollinator Action Plan has been created by the Environmental Advice Team within Dorset Council. Bee sure to take a look!

Download Dorset Council’s Pollinator Action Plan

Litter & Fly Tipping

Litter isn’t just unsightly and dangerous for the environment; it is also expensive to clean up. In the UK the actual cost for Local Authorities of clearing up between 2016 to 2017 is £682 million or £29 per household. On average the RSPCA receive 14 calls a day about animals affected by litter. As pet owners go directly to vets, and many injured wild animals are never found, it’s estimated that the actual figure of animals injured by litter is much higher than we currently know.

Report litter on the pavement, highway or thrown from a vehicle

 Click here to view more videos explaining how Dorset Council‘s Countryside and Greenspace team works to protect, conserve and enhance Dorset’s verges for biodiversity.