A second year for Lewis Manning Hospice time to remember walk

A second year for Lewis Manning Hospice time to remember walk

Caption: Candles on the lake

Events, Poole | Posted: Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 8:50 am | return to news

A second year for Lewis Manning Hospice time to remember walk

A remember walk around Poole Lake, illuminated by candles with an array of personalised messages, takes place on 20 October 2018.

A second year for Lewis Manning Hospice time to remember walk

Caption: Candles on the lake

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is starting a clean-up operation following the fire at Upton Heath nature reserve, which has destroyed three hectares of heathland. Although the cause of the fire, which started at 3pm, is unknown, it is thought to have been either started deliberately or by careless behaviour. It spread very quickly in the dry conditions.

Upton Heath, which is part of the Great Heath Living Landscape Project, is one of the largest areas of heathland remaining in Dorset and is recognised internationally for the rarity of its habitat and wildlife, such as the nightjar and the Dartford warbler.

It is home to all six native reptile species including the nationally rare smooth snake and sand lizard. A week before the fire, two nightjar chicks were ringed in the area – unable to fly, it is almost certain they would not have survived.

In 2011 a large fire destroyed just under 100 hectares of heathland on Upton Heath. Work to restore the area has been ongoing since, so a fire such as this one is a massive step back for wildlife and conservationists.

There are three price bands:

  • A family of two adults plus children under 16 = £12
  • Couples = £8
  • Individuals = £5

We are encouraging our walkers to aim to raise £40 in sponsorship as a part of the Lewis Manning #4444 challenge as well as calling for members of the public and businesses to act as marshals and assist us with the event support.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening at The Kitchen Café, specially created cupcakes will be available with the proceeds going to Lewis-Manning Hospice with a barbecue also planned depending on weather conditions.

For more information contact Mark Elling Mark2@lewis-manning.co.uk

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