Above: Lorton Discoverer’s Pack © Lorraine Isgar
Below: Children enjoying the Discoverer’s pack at Chesil Beach © Nadine Atchison-Balmond
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has launched a new Discoverer’s Pack at Lorton Meadows and the Chesil Centre, to help children get hands on with nature and learn about our diverse and vibrant wildlife.
The packs are filled with everything needed for young wildlife enthusiasts to uncover the mysteries of wildlife in Dorset, by spying on birds with binoculars, or getting closer to smaller wildlife using bug boxes and identification sheets.
"We want as many people as possible to get involved and learn about the amazing wildlife around us"
DWT’s Lorraine Isgar and designer of the Discoverer’s pack, said: “We want as many people as possible to get involved and learn about the amazing wildlife around us and these packs are a fantastic way to get practical experience and tips to do this. There’s something for every interest, including learning how to track mammals, leaf rubbing and hunting for mini beasts.”
For a deposit of £20, packs are available to use all day from the Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre and The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.
"The great thing about the Discoverer’s pack is that families can use them at a time to suit them"
Lorraine added: “The great thing about the Discoverer’s pack is that families can use them at a time to suit them, and they can explore the reserves at their own pace. The Chesil pack includes tools to explore marine wildlife, including a seashore guide book, whilst the Lorton Pack includes Field Study Guides for exploring woodland.”
Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve is open every Thursday through the summer holidays from 10am 4pm and the Chesil Centre is open every day from 10am-5pm until the end of September. Please contact the Chesil Centre on 01305 206191 if you have any queries or if you would like to book a backpack for either Chesil or Lorton.
Notes to Editor
The Chesil Discoverer’s pack includes:
- A seashore guide book
- A discoverer’s pack guide which has the instructions for the following activities: hunting minibeasts, scavengers hunt, bird spotters guides, plant guide
- Bug box
- Fsc guides: rocky shore trail, salt marsh plants
- Magnifier glass
The Lorton Discoverer’s pack includes:
- Bug box
- A sheet
- Paper and crayons
- FSC guides (these are: British mammals tracks and sign, woodland name trail (Bugs), bug on bushes, butterflies, and trees)
- A discoverer’s pack guide which has the instructions for all the activities, which are: tracking mammals, hunting minibeasts: in grass, bushes and undergrowth, tree and leaf rubbing, and leaf matching.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is located half way along the A354 causeway between Weymouth and Portland, post code DT4 9XE).There is a pay and display car park.
Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre is located on the Northern edge of Weymouth, just off the relief road.Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5QH.
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.