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Bird watching at Ham Common
We've partnered with the Birds of Poole Harbour charity and Haven to create an Osprey Observation Point at Ham Common Nature Reserve in Poole. This observation point gives great views out across the Wareham channel where these birds can be observed hunting.

It's currently peak migration with a number of birds already being seen, in what has already been an excellent year with the first successful breeding in southern England for 200 years following the exciting translocation project undertaken by the Birds of Poole Harbour.

In addition to Osprey, you might be lucky enough to see White-Tailed Eagles, as several of these magnificent birds are also present in the harbour. 

Keep an eye on the Birds of Poole Harbour website and their social media pages for events at the observation point.
Find out more about the Birds of Poole Harbour
23 Green Flags awarded for our outstanding parks

We've been awarded 23 Green Flags by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, for our much-loved and well maintained green spaces.

In addition, Hengistbury Head, Upton Country Park and Poole Park have achieved the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation for their management of historic features.

The Green Flag Award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. 
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Path improvements at Branksome Woods

Work is now complete on a 400-metre-long section of pathway in Branksome Woods, running from Tower Road West to an adjoining path from Lakeside Road.

Carried out by the Nature Conservation Team, the work involved scraping off the aging surface of the existing track, which had become encroached by vegetation and mulch build up over the years.

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Buy your Spring Bulbs from Kings Park Nursery

Who doesn’t like the feeling of the dark days of winter leaving and seeing that real splash of colour showing the first signs of spring?

If you’ve been admiring the floral displays across our three towns, then you can recreate these glorious displays next spring by visiting Kings Park Nursery from 7 September and buying their high quality bulbs.

There are loads of tips on their website about making the most of your spring displays – whatever size space you have.
Ideas and advice for plant care
Swing into September at Highcliffe Castle!

Swing Unlimited Big Band are returning to the Castle lawns on Sunday 4 Sept at 1pm with a mix of swing, contemporary and jazz music. There's no entry fee but donations will be collected on the day.

On Thursday 15 Sept, why not book tickets for Twelfth Night at 7pm. Five actors with all manner of musical instruments present an inventive take on this Shakespearean comedy.

These performances take place on the Castle lawns, so feel free to bring a picnic and something to sit on, and enjoy the entertainment!
Highcliffe Castle events
News in brief
If you fancy working with the Greenspace team, keep an eye on our jobs webpage for current vacancies. We're currently recruiting for a Greenspace Relationships Officer (closing 31 August) working all the way along our wonderful coastline, across our countryside and a wide range of parks and Greenspaces in-between.

Sky lanterns are BANNED from all council owned land. They can have damaging and dangerous consequences to our natural environment as once released, there is no way of knowing where they may land which poses a big fire risk, and they can also be mistaken as food by our marine and land animals. Find safer and environmentally friendly alternatives here.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are once again working with The Prince’s Trust to deliver the Team programme across our conurbation, to help support young people aged between 16 and 25 who are not in education, work or training. This free programme helps young people improve their confidence, gain qualifications and build up employability skills.
 
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