We will help to deliver sustainable development while protecting and enhancing Dorset’s environment.

What we will do:

  • improve access to our coast, countryside and greenspaces
  • deliver services in ways that protect our natural, historic and cultural environments
  • promote behavioural change to reduce waste and increase reuse and recycling
  • lead and support communities to respond to climate and ecological change
  • capitalise on Dorset’s unique environmental assets to support our priorities
  • provide an environment that attracts business investment, tourism and a skilled workforce
  • protect Dorset’s natural biodiversity
  • build and celebrate community pride in our environment to help keep it clean and safe
  • support the development of appropriately located renewable energy

How we will do it:

  • develop a climate and ecological emergency strategy working with our partners, particularly town and parish councils and Government
  • actively respond to proposals that impact on the environment
  • deliver a highways verge management and street cleansing strategy
  • deliver our pollinators action plan
  • responsibly manage the spaces, buildings and land we own
  • support local farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to make environmental improvements through agri-environment schemes
  • support the Environment Agency on flood protection projects
  • protect our environment from harm by monitoring and improving air, land and water quality

Who we will work with:

  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty partnerships
  • Dorset Local Nature Partnership
  • Jurassic Coast Trust
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • National Trust
  • Natural England
  • Marine Management Organisation
  • Environment Agency
  • Historic England
  • Highways England
  • government departments
  • Dorset Police
  • Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • town and parish councils
  • voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations
  • significant landowners 

Unique environment

Unique environment infographic

Dorset environmental economy

Including natural assets, agriculture, forestry, fishing, energy and tourism, is valued at up to 15% of the local economy and supports up to 61,000 jobs.

Native species living in Dorset

  • Reptiles – 100%
  • Mammals – 93%
  • Butterflies – 90%
  • Dragonflies – 74%
  • Birds – 53%

Natural status

Dorset has England’s only natural World Heritage Site and 2 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covering 54% of the Dorset Council area.

Living in Dorset

Nine out of ten Dorset residents said that the environment was an important factor in their decision to live in Dorset.

Renewable energy production in Dorset

  • 2011 – 1%
  • 2016 – 5.5%

This is based on the Dorset Local Enterprise area (DLEP).

Amount of waste sent to landfill

Between 2008, and 2018 we saw a 70% reduction in waste sent to landfill in the former Dorset County Council area.

Publicly available charging points in Dorset

  • 2011 – 1
  • 2019 – 30

Car and van emissions

Government targets:

All new cars and vans should be “effectively zero emission” by 2040.

Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs)

Based on current and predicted ULEVs registered in Dorset:

  • 2019 -1,100
  • 2029 – 23,000

Data underlying the infographics is provided by the Research Team. For more information contact research@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk. Dorset refers to the new Dorset Council Area that came into effect 1 April 2019, unless otherwise indicated.

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