There is a chance for kids to see nature’s powers of recovery after one of the wettest winters on record, with Dorset Wildlife Trust’s first Kingcombe Kids Club event at Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve.
DWT’s Kingcombe Centre, near Maiden Newton, is running Kingcombe Kids Club every Tuesday and Thursday during half-term breaks and school holidays, with events for children aged from 3-16 years to join in a morning activity of nature exploration. The first takes place on Tuesday 19th February, entitled ‘Waking up Nature’ and the second, entitled ‘Forest Friends’, on Thursday 21st February, both starting at 10am and finishing at 12pm.
Waking up Nature will reveal the first shoots of spring, including the sight of early flowers such as snowdrops, aconites and primroses. There will be the chance of seeing a host of small birds that are now beginning to think of pairing, as well as larger ones such as kestrels and buzzards, that can be seen hovering or soaring overhead.
The reserve comprises a patchwork of small fields with thick hedges and woodland and the River Hooke running through, all ideal habitat for a very broad selection of flora and fauna.
Victoria Vincent, Education and Engagement Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “This year is the first time the Centre has run an events programme for children and their families during half terms and holidays. We have put together an array of events covering lots of new and exciting topics, including scavenger hunts, bugs & beasties, freshwater life, wild flower walks, and lots, lots more! We will also be introducing a selection of forest school games and activities, with the first coming up next week titled ‘Forest Friends’, where children will have the chance to make their very own natural friend made entirely out of the materials we collect from the nature reserve.
So if you want to see what wildlife is waking up after a long, cold winter or get crafty and make your own forest friend then call to book your place!”
Kingcombe Kids Club events, costing £3 per child including refreshments, are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon during school holidays, starting on February 19th. The café will be open from 10am to 4pm. All children must be accompanied. To guarantee a place booking is recommended on 01300 321409, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
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For more information please contact Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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