This report summarised the work of the Habitat Restoration Project in Dorset from 1997 to 1999. The Project covers land in the Blackmore Vale in north Dorset; supports a wide variety of ecologically important habitats in addition to extensive areas of intensively managed farmland; aimed to reverse habitat fragmentation and degradation; produced an idealised vision that identified the best locations for the restoration and creation or priority habitats and set targets for those habitats; encouraged restoration of habitats using funds from a wide variety of agri-environment schemes, including Countryside Stewardship and local grant schemes; employed a project officer to stimulate appropriate restoration projects by landowners; used an established group of locally based organisations as a steering group.
The Dorset Trial Area aimed to implement the national objectives of the Habitat Restoration Project at a local level. The overall objective was to encourage the creation and restoration of locally characteristic habitats and to determine whether this could be achieved using the current range of environmental land management schemes.
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