Alongside the conservation area of Bradpole Village, lying behind the Badgers Row Cottages, is a small wildlife area owned and managed by DORSET COUNCIL.
The wildlife site is being created in accordance with the planning obligations relating to the construction of the Badgers Row Cottages.
Bradpole Council have, on a number of occasions, indicated that it has no current intention of seeking to take over ownership and management of the land from Dorset Council and thus placing the financial liability upon the council tax payers of Bradpole Civil Parish. Bradpole Council simply wishes to see this land satisfactorily managed by the landowner. This position was re-iterated and minuted by councillors at their August 2019 meeting. The site is registered at HM Land Registry under title no. DT 365766 where for a small fee (£6 in 2019) details of the ownership, easements and a site plan may be obtained.
Work commenced in early 2019 initially to clear the site. The wildlife plan will take a some time both to complete and to become established.
A further site meeting with Dorset Council, the landowners, was held in Sept 2019 as the area was once again overgrown. Bradpole councillors suggested that Dorset Council should carry out some routine maintenance and suggested that Dorset Council also check the stability of the existing established trees. A final agreed planting plan is still awaited
This wildlife area, once established, will have a direct link to the Parish Council owned wildlife corridor at The Gore. See Parish owned Green Spaces.