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Writing’s on the wall for Colfox School students’ massive mural

Young artists from Bridport’s Colfox School have created what is believed to be the UK’s biggest mural. Evoking themes of work/life balance and living by the coast, the 133-metre mural […]


Bridport Twinners pay their respects to French Fisherman friends

Dignitaries from Bridport paid their respects to French fisherman lost at sea on a visit to North West France. Bridport Twinning Association members, the town’s mayor, clerk and crier recently […]


‘Great disappointment’ after Foundry Lea aka Vearse Farm plans approved

Campaigners say it is a ‘great disappointment’ that Dorset Council has approved plans to build 760 new homes at Vearse Farm, Bridport. The authority has approved plans to let a […]


Hooray for Henry! Born in Beaminster, the ruddy-faced machine with a massive following

I’ve never wanted a Henry. Never. I already have far too many things with a face following me round the house – two dogs, a cat, a son, a husband… […]


Celebrate rural life at these four agricultural shows in Dorset

A feast of farming is on offer over the next few weeks, with no fewer than four huge agricultural shows in Dorset. The farming fun kicks off at the Turnpike […]


Plan for holiday chalets at historic Parnham House approved

Grade I listed Parnham House, which was gutted by fire in 2017, is set to have six holiday chalets, a marquee restaurant and a new car park after plans were […]


DWT eager to show first beaver born in West Dorset in 400 years

A beaver has been born in West Dorset for the first time in more than 400 years. Trail cameras at a beaver enclosure on Dorset Wildlife Trust land have captured […]


Damning report slates two water companies for environmental performance

A damning new report by the Environment Agency has slated two water companies that serve west Dorset – and suggests some water company executives should be jailed. The 2021 environmental […]


Angel of the South idea circulates online

By Dan Goater Would Dorset benefit from an Angel of the North-style sculpture overlooking its rolling fields – an Angel of the South – if you will? It’s a question […]

Welcome to The West Dorset Magazine

We are Bird Media – two experienced journalists who have decided to break free and launch
their own news publication The West Dorset Magazine.


Miranda Robertson

Editor Miranda Robertson has worked for a number of local papers, including the Dorset Echo, Salisbury Journal and The New Blackmore Vale. She lives in Maiden Newton with her husband Peter, son Robert, jug PugsieMfanwy, pug Hugo and the ginger ninja Kitten Mitten.

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Karen Bate

Karen Bate has worked for the Salisbury Journal, Wiltshire Living Magazine, Bournemouth Echo and The New Blackmore Vale. She lives with husband Stuart, daughter Florence, dogs Jarvis and Buddy and cat Milton. There’s also a bonkers horse called Mars in her menagerie.
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