The Big Wild Chesil event returns for 2016
Monday 4th July 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Chesil Beach Centre is preparing for its biggest event of the year – the Big Wild Chesil event, which will be on Sunday 7th August from 10am – 5pm.
This year, visitors can expect to be entertained with dancing, music, food and free wildlife activities, including demonstrations from wildlife experts with moth traps, and owl pellet dissection. Oscar the barn owl from Fancies Farm will also be making an appearance.
Grab a tasty lunch and take a trip on the Fleet Explorer...
The Taste Café will also be providing some special treats with an outside BBQ, as well as their usual menu and refreshments. The Fleet Explorer will also be sailing throughout the day (weather permitting and booking essential) for visitors to experience wildlife up-close.
Everyone is welcome!
DWT Centre Officer, Vicky Ashby said, “This is our biggest event of the year, and we look forward to welcoming visitors who can spend the whole day with us. Whether joining in with activities or just relaxing and enjoying the view or live entertainment, there’s something for all the family, and you also might learn a thing or two about wildlife in the wonderful setting of Chesil Beach.”
Chesil Beach's beauty attracts thousands...
The busy Centre, which includes the delicious Taste café, has plenty of parking, an educational and exhibition area, and stunning views over the fleet Lagoon and Chesil beach, attracted 75,000 visitors in 2015. It was officially opened after refurbishment in 2013 by Lord Coe.
Get stuck in with lots of activities!
Activities to take part in on the day (many of which are free) include: a low tide walk, marine touch table, wildlife arts and crafts, 2 minute beach cleans and a shark and ray egg case hunt. The Fleet Explorer, which has recently been taken over by Dorset Wildlife Trust, will also be running trips to explore the Fleet nearby, weather permitting. Local entertainment includes performances from Portland choir and Dorset Wrecks.
Discover more at Chesil...
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland, DT4 9XE. Click here to find out more about the event and book seats for the Fleet Explorer. For more information phone 01305 206191.
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Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Marc Smith or Emily Brown at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 206191.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
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.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
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