(Above) Making fat balls © Sally Welbourn (below) children with their carved pumpkins © Sally Welbourn
This half term, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has lots of spooky wildlife events to help children get close-up with some of the most interesting wildlife found in Dorset this time of year.
From 5pm-8pm on Friday 31st October at the Kingcombe Centre, get crafty and join our pumpkin carving competition, or have a go at making a spider web mobile at the ‘Things That Go Bump in the Night’ event. Explore Kingcombe’s nocturnal wildlife with our bat detector and moth traps. The Café will also be serving up wild boar burgers, vegetarian alternatives and brewing up some non-alcoholic potions. From 7pm children (and adults!) can gather in our story telling corner to hear some spine tingling tales from a local story teller. Fancy dress is optional and prizes will be given for the scariest, but wrap up warm! £5 per child, food at additional cost.
Get your garden ready for winter!
At the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, the half term ‘Bird Bonanza’ will run from Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November from 10am 4pm. Find out about garden birds, the best things to feed them and how to get your garden ready for the winter. There will be fun activities for the kids, such as making fat balls and bird feeders. 50p per item.
Get some fresh air and explore!
Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn said, “The seasons changing from summer to autumn is a great time to start learning about winter wildlife such as migrating birds, and how we can help to look after them through the colder months. DWT’s half term events are the perfect excuse to get some fresh air and explore the wildlife on your doorstep.”
Spooky Bats at Lorton
Lorton Meadows conservation centre will be running their ‘Spooky Bats’ event from 10.30am 12.30pm on Thursday 30th October. Families are invited to discover the secret life spooky bats and other Halloween creatures and make some bouncing bats to take home! Booking is essential, £2 per child, no unaccompanied children.
Get your feet wet along the seashore
If you’d like to get your feet wet, come along to the ‘Exploration Seashore’ event on Tuesday 28th October, with DWT marine wardens and Bournemouth Borough Council Rangers. Collect a survey pack and head out onto the seashore along Hengistbury Head to see what lives beneath the sea. Free family activity; meet at 2pm at the Hengisbury Head Nature Reserve visitors Centre (BH6 4EW). Phone 01202 420909 for more information.
Find out more about all our events
For a full listing of all the DWT events, visit our events page.
Notes to Editor
The Chesil Beach Centre is halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland, (DT4 9XE)Phone 01305 206191 for more information.
Other events during the half term week include:
Tuesday 28th October - AUTUMN SCAVENGER HUNT, 10am 12pm, £3 per child. Join us for a colourful Autumnal scavenger hunt! Collect all the items listed that are indicative of autumn, & win a special Autumnal prize! Call 01300 321409 to be a part of the scavenger hunt. KKC Event. Meet at the Kingcombe Centre. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0EQ.
Wednesday 29th October - CATERPILLAR KIDS SLUGS & BUGS IN THE WILD WOODS, 10.30am 12.30pm, Lorton Meadows NR (£2/child, Family Event). Join us & explore the wild woods, looking for slugs, bugs & beetles, then get crafty & make spider badges. Plus games & more with the Community Conservation Officer. No unaccompanied children. Booking essential: please contact the Community Conservation Officer 01305 816546. Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. [SY 674 826]
Saturday 1st November - LORTON MEADOWS OPEN DAY, 10am 4pm (Free). The Wildlife Centre is open for visitors, come along for a walk around the reserve, then drop in for a hot drink, and peruse our selection of Christmas cards, calendars, gifts & wildlife books. Plus watch the birds on the feeders on screen, find out what to feed your garden birds during the colder months & purchase bird seed, feeders & nest boxes.
For further information, please contact the Community Conservation Officer on 01305 816546. Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. [SY 674 826].
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at 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.