(Above) Soprano Pipistrelle © Nick Tomlinson (below) Lumpsucker © Chris Roberts
Dorset Wildlife Trust is hosting a variety of spooky events this Halloween, and it’s going to be a scream!
Yummy Halloween treats and spine-chilling tales
Kingcombe Meadows Nature reserve provides a fantastic habitat to many species of wildlife, including some amazing nocturnal creatures! We will be looking at our weird and wonderful night time flyers including ghostly moths and ghoulish bats, and viewing our camera trapping images of the larger creatures that go bump in the night! There will be a traditional pumpkin carving competition, and spine-chilling tales from 6pm in our story-telling corner. The cafe will also be serving up some tasty Halloween treats. The ‘Things that go bump in the night’ event costs just £5 per child and is on Thursday 31st October, 4-8pm at the Kingcombe Centre.
Creepy quiz and mask making!
The Caterpillar kids club at Lorton meadows nature reserve also has a spooky theme, with a creepy quiz and lots of scary activities such as bat mask making! Kids will also get the chance to discover the resident bats at Lorton. Join us on Thursday 31st October, 10:30-12:30, £2 per child.
Discover the marine creepy critters at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge. We have scary, gruesome sea creature stories to tell too! Learn about the terrifying creatures of the deep such as the vampire squid, slimy hag fish and the zombie worm. You can also learn meet the weird and wonderful marine creatures in Dorset and make some scary marine creature masks. Come along on Saturday 2nd November 1-3pm, £2 per child.
Halloween Happening at Purbeck
The Purbeck team are taking part in the free ‘Halloween Happening’ event at Wareham library on 31st October from 1-4pm. Everyone is welcome to drop in for some creepy creature activities, including spider hat making and carving animal shapes into pumpkins!
Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn, said: “Halloween is a great opportunity to invite families along to reserves in Dorset to explore the more unusual wildlife lurking behind the trees and in the depths of the sea. What better way to spend Halloween than discovering what goes bump in the night in the world of wildlife!?”
- ‘Things that go bump in the night’ Thursday 31st October 4-8pm. £5 per child. No unaccompanied children. Booking essential on 01300 321409 or email . The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, West Dorset DT2 0EQ.
- ‘Spooky Bats’ - Caterpillar Kids Thursday 31st October 10:30-12:30. £2 per child. No unaccompanied children. Booking essential on 01305 816546 at Lorton Meadows, Upwey, DT3 5QH.
- ‘Creepy Critters’ Saturday 2nd November 1-3pm. £2 per child. No unaccompanied children. Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Wareham, BH20 5PF. Phone 01929 481044 or email
Notes to Editor
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 26,000 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.