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This article entitled 'A Walk through History' appeared in the Travel section of i newspaper.

Richard Blackmore discovers ancient burial mounds, royal hunting grounds and an astrological ditch in Dorset.

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Country Life

Two articles have recently appeared in the Country Life magazine - Starry, Starry Night and Ashes to Ashes.

'Starry, Starry Night' briefly describes how important dark skies are to our general wellbeing, and that of wildlife. It describes the bids for International Dark Sky status, and contains quotes from Ruth Coulthard and Julie Harding.

In 'Ashes to Ashes' Julie Harding talks about how 150 million ash trees are likely to be lost through the disease Chalara ash dieback, and how the Springhead Trust has launched it's Ash mapping initiative in a 9 sq/km area of the Cranborne Chase AONB in order to locate and photograph trees for monitoring.

Starry, Starry Night

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Ashes to Ashes

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Dorset Magazine - Starry Starry Night

Linda Nunn, director of the Cranborne Chase AONB tells us about the bid to make the area an International Dark Sky Reserve, and the benefits it would have for stargazers and the local economy..


Linda explains what a dark sky reserve is, and how you can get involved and support the bid.  Community involvement is seen as being very important, and the AONB are talking to schools and community groups.


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Wiltshire Life - the South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project

Julie Harding admires the Wiltshire Life Conservation Project of the Year 2017.


The article explains about the South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project (SWFBP), a scheme set up in 2009 to advise farmers on providing key year-round bird habitats, optimum winter seed food, summer insect food and safe nesting areas.

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Modern Farming

Julie Harding explores the ancient landscape of rolling chalklands and forest valleys of stunning Cranborne Chase.


Key viewpoints in the AONB such as Win Green (the highrst point in the AONB) are covered, along with descriptions of the ancient hunting forests that make up a large part of the AONB.


More than 80% of the AONB is made up of farmland, comprising two large belts of arable land in the north and south chalkland belts, with underlying clay and greensand sandwiched inbetween. 

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Western Daily Press Farming

WDPSue Bradley reports on the farmers who are working together to bring a joined up approach to conservation. Tracy Adams, Farm Conservation Officer, talks about the Chalke Valley Farmer Group, sited within the Cranborne Chase AONB, which she helped to set up.

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Warminster Journal

Warminster JournalThe Warminster Journal commissioned two travel articles about the Cranborne Chase AONB. Here, in the first part (on page 8), roving Communications Officer Julie Harding joins a Foundations of Archaeology walk, discovers Sutton Veny Commonwealth War Graves cemetery and finds out how Farm Conservation Advisor Tracy Adams has been trying to boost tree sparrow numbers.

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