• Cranborne Chase AONB, Shears Building, Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, BH21 1HB  Tel: 01725 517417

Raising Our Game

Raising Our Game is the report generated by a Game Conservation Survey undertaken between 2005-2007, and the final report released in 2011. The Game Conservation Survey was born out of the need to gain greater understanding of all aspects of game management within the AONB combined with the advent of the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

Raising Our Game - 2011 Final Report (PDF, 2Mb)

Raising Our Game - 2007 Research (PDF, 2Mb)

 The Chase The Park & The HartThe Chase, The Hart and The Park

An exploration of the historic landscapes of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Chase, The Hart and the Park - Information (PDF, 260kB)

The Chase, The Hart and the Park - Edited by Katherine Barker and based on papers given at a one-day seminar held in Sixpenny Handley in November 2006 (PDF, 2Mb)

With contributions by: Katherine Barker, Gordon Le Pard, Caroline Cheeseman, Martin Green, John Gale and Dorothy Ireland.

The Medieval Deer Parks of the Cranborne and West Wiltshire Downs AONB - Embracing areas of Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire and Somerset by Katherine Barker - May 2006 (PDF 0.7Mb)


Climate Change Seminar 2010

Documentation from the Climate Change Seminar

Q & A's, Group Discussions and Comments (PDF, 104kb)

Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive (PDF, 450kb)
Pete West, Renewable Energy Development Officer, Dorset County Council

Climate Change Policy & Activity in Wiltshire (PDF, 1.1Mb)

Tackling climate change in Dorset (PDF, 900kb)

Climate Change: what is happening in Hampshire County Council? (PDF, 1.3Mb)

Landscape Character Assessment

Assessment which moves beyond the level of detail provided by the 1995 AONB assessment. This document presents a fully integrated view of the landscape incorporating all the features and attributes that contribute to the special and distinctive character of the AONB

Landscape Character Assessment (PDF, 2.8Mb)

Please note, this is a low resolution version - for further information see the Landscape Character Assessment page

Planning and Landscapes Booklet

This booklet is an abbreviated, easy to read, version of the Integrated Landscape Character Assessment 2003. It was prepared for the 2006 Planning seminar and summarises the key landscape characteristics of the 8 Landscape Types and 15 Landscape Areas, focussing particularly on the character of the settlements.

Planning and the AONB – Sustaining Landscape Character (PDF, 1.5Mb)

Historic Landscape Characterisation

Exploring the history and archaeology of the fascinating landscape of the AONB. It also provides an introduction to historic landscape characterisation and explores how the AONB is conserving and enhancing this special heritage through Historic Environment Action Plans.

Historic Landscape Characterisation (PDF, 4.6Mb)

For more information visit the AONB Historic Landscapes Website

Landscape Sensitivity

This study explores the inate fragility and robustness of the landscapes of this AONB.

Landscape Sensitivity Full Report - May 2007 (PDF, 500kB)

Figure 1 - Landscape Character Sensitivity (PDF, 700kB)

Figure 2 - Visual Sensitivity (PDF, 700kB)

Figure 3 - Overall Landscape Sensitivity (PDF, 700kB)

Figure 4 - Sensitivity Mapping Key (PDF, 700kB)


In 2006 the CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England) published a new tranquillity map of England. In order to help direct efforts towards sustaining tranquillity - a key attribute of this AONB identified by many of you who contributed to the Management Plan - we obtained the original data and carried out further investigative work to apply it to the AONB.

Tranquillity Mapping Report July 2010 - Ground Truthing Methodology and Interim Report(PDF, 2.1Mb).

Tranquillity Mapping -– Investigative Study 2009 (PDF, 2.2Mb).

B3081 Landscape Character Appraisal

B3081 Landscape Character Apprasial Report (PDF 3.64MB)

The following study provides an appraisal of the historic and archaeological characteristics of the B3081 - B3081 Historic Landscape Appraisal (PDF 1MB)