(Above) Family Together © Rachel Janes (Below) Red Squirrel © Stewart Canham; Kayak Safari © Emma Gooden; Lorton Meadows © Tony Bates; The Chesil Beach Centre © Sally Welbourn; Children at Kingcombe © Rachel Janes
With so much going on at our reserves over the next few months, here are our top five activities for you to make the most of your summer.
1. Birdwatching & red squirrel spotting
Where: Brownsea Island
A day spent exploring our reserve on Brownsea Island, with its flooded woodland, lakes, red squirrels, reedbed & pine woods is unlikely to disappoint. Visit one of our hides and try and spot Water Voles, Sika Deer and Kingfishers in the reed beds or breeding terns on the lagoon. Boats leave from Sandbanks and Poole from March to November. For more information click here.
How to find us: Public ferries from Poole Quay and Sandbanks run daily to the island from March until November. Access to the reserve is 150m from the National Trust Quay on the island.
If you are visiting the DWT reserve, members will not have to pay a landing fee.
2. Snorkelling & Kayaking
Where: Kimmeridge Marine Centre
Extending along a beautiful stretch of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, come and celebrate Marine Weeks (27th July 11th August) at Kimmeridge Bay, with one of our clear bottomed kayaks and goggle viewers. Or try our snorkelling trail which guides the more adventurous through different seabed habitats. Various dates throughout the summer, 12+ year olds only, £25 per person per session. Booking essential. For more information, phone 01929 481044 or click here.
How to find us: Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge, Wareham, BH20 5PF.
3. Butterflies & wildlife activity boxes
Where: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre
Set on the edge of Weymouth, this grassland attracts a variety of butterfly species including marbled whites, common & holly blues and small & large skippers. New for the school holidays, collect your free activity box (small deposit required), where you will get everything you need ID guides, activity sheets, bug boxes, and nets to explore the reserve for as long as you want! For more information phone 01305 816546 or click here.
How to find us: Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth DT3 5QH
4. Find out more about Marine Life down at Chesil
Where: The Chesil Beach Centre
The Chesil Centre has lots to offer those looking for a day out exploring Chesil Beach, which is part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. The Big Wild Chesil Event on Sunday 27th July (10am-5pm) will have lots of activities for people to get up close to wildlife and search for signs of creatures from the deep along the seashore, lots of activities, music and a BBQ, and delicious food from in the Taste* cafe. For more information, phone 01305 206191 or click here.
How to find us: Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE
5. Explore the meadows & build a forest den
Where: The Kingcombe Centre
The meadows are buzzing with bees, butterflies and other insects, so using a trail guided map, solve the wildlife riddles to collect an item, sight or sound specific to summer. The Forest School summer programme will also be starting (10-12pm every Thursday from 24th July 28th August), where children can build dens, make natural crafts and learn how to identify wildlife. For more information, phone 01300 321409 or click here.
How to find us: Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ