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Friday 27 May 2016

Come and help restore Portland's valuable limestone grassland by cutting and removing invasive Cotoneaster at Trade Quarry

Saturday 28 May 2016 - Sunday 5 June 2016

A week of walks & activities exploring the wonderful wildflowers of Dorset.

Saturday 28 May 2016 - Sunday 12 June 2016

Dorset Art Weeks is one of the largest Open Studio Events in the country and this year you'll be able to see a collection of artists exhibiting their work at The Kingcombe Centre in West Dorset and at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre. 

Family activities available at Kingcombe during Dorset Arts Weeks.  See www.kingcombe.com or tel. 01300 320684 for more information. 

Saturday 28 May 2016

Come and celebrate Shaftesbury becoming a 'bee friendly' town with talks, walks and games. 

A guided walk at St Catherine's Hill, Christchurch organised by Dorset Flora Group and led by a local naturalist. Booking essential.

A guided walk at Coward's Marsh, Christchurch organised by Dorset Flora Group and led by a local naturalist. Booking essential,

Sunday 29 May 2016

Join the Urban team of the Dorset Wildlife Trust for a moth trap from 9.00 - 10.00 and wildlife survey on Upton Heath from 10am - 12 noon.

Come and see the flowers of downland & scrub edges. Some steep areas. 

Come and see the flora of interesting sites. Some steep slopes and uneven surfaces.

Discover more about the tiny world of minibeasts. Booking essential.

A walk along the beach with local botanical expert, Bryan Edwards, looking at the specialist plants that thrive in this coastal habitat. The ‘Portland Pinks’ should be out making a spectacular show, don’t forget your camera!  

Monday 30 May 2016

Kilwood Reserve has deep pools, mature oaks & mixed wet woodland & small flower rich meadows. Then a half mile walk to Stonehill Down Reserve for downland flowers.

A walk with experts Jim White & Maurits Fontein at this woodland/pools and flower rich grassland

Kids, do you love the outdoors?  Become a seashore superhero & learn how to protect our local wildlife by completing a series of challenges to become your own masked hero! Booking essential.

Join us for a guided walk through our wonderful wildflower meadows in search of beautiful butterflies

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Join Dorset Wildlife Trust at Upton Country Park to explore the woods, play woodland games and make Forest School crafts to take home. FULLY BOOKED

Get up close to the amazing wildlife of Brownsea Island with our experts

Have a go at pond dipping & discover the amazing underwater world of diving beetles, newts & nymphs. Booking essential.

Join Dorset Wildlife Trust at Upton Country Park to explore the woods, play woodland games and make Forest School crafts to take home. FULLY BOOKED

Species rich neutral hay meadow, ancient woodland assemblage along hedgerow, both sloped. Then a visit to wet woodland for those who can cope with challenging terrain.

Meet at 9.15pm at the south end of Rhododendron Mile (map ref. SY 742917).  Almost no walking involved.  Further info from: Allan Reese 01305 269912 (or email: allan@eurolyme.co.uk)   

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Learn about wildlife photography from an expert Tony Bates, then have a practice on & around Chesil Beach.

Discover the wildlife of Ferndown Common, part of The Great Heath Living Landscape, with Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC) & DWT. 

A walk through the reserve, taking in some of Dorset’s finest hay meadows & pasture, looking at the flowers & hearing folklore & history.  

Make ocean-themed crafts to take home! 

Wednesday 1 June 2016 - Thursday 2 June 2016

BBC Springwatch is coming to RSPB Arne and looking for volunteers to help with their Bioblitz! 

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Make ocean-themed crafts to take home! 

Expore the wildflowers of Lorton meadows with a meadow walk. 

Thursday 2 June 2016

Drawing workshop for families with artist Julie Herring in the wild world of The Great Heath. Based at Dorset Wildlife Trust's Urban Wildlife Centre. Booking essential.

Come along to Gillingham Library for a fun day learning about the importance of bees! 

A guided walk at Corfe Mullen Meadows, organised by Dorset Flora Group and led by a local naturalist. Booking essential.

Search for butterflies in our wildflower meadows, how many different ones will you see?

An afternoon walk to Challow Hill (near Corfe Castle) led by Ted Pratt. 

A guided nightjar walk on Arne RSPB nature reserve.            

 

Friday 3 June 2016

Join us for some Wildlife Friendly Gardening fun at Corfe Mullen Library. 

 

Saturday 4 June 2016

Join DWT staff and local dragonfly expert Andrew Brown, looking for dragonflies at Stour Valley nature reserve.  

Immerse yourself at Kingcombe in the sounds of nature & the land at dusk, creating a unique soundscape with artist Richard Povall before heading back for dinner.

Join us at Lorton Meadows for a day packed with wild family activities & explore your local nature reserve.

Join us for some eco-crabbing at the Kimmeridge Marine Centre. 

Join conservationist & folklore enthusiast Nick Gray on a guided walk around the famed wildlflower meadows. 

Sunday 5 June 2016

 A guided walk through rich & varied grassland & woodland.

Join DWT and local farmer Graham Birch at Field Barn Farm in Winterborne Whitechurch for the farming industry's open day! 

Help us record as many marine species as we can at Kimmeridge Bay, from dolphins to dogwhelks and crabs to cuttlefish.

Join us at low tide to explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon. 

Monday 6 June 2016 - Thursday 9 June 2016

Discover the secrets of Dorset’s best wildlife friendly gardens, large & small. 

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Come and join us for some practical management tasks.

Southern Damsefly Survey Training Day. A collaborative event at Furzebrook, Wareham BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

Wednesday 8 June 2016

A regular day of practical work on the nature reserve restoring habitats important for local wildlife.

The group will be visiting various Great Heath reserves and alternating between wildlife survey days and practical conservation/access tasks.

Join seasearch for an evening dive in Lyme Bay (“Ruby J” or “Blue Turtle”).   

Thursday 9 June 2016

Meet at the Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen, at 9am for a moth trap opening and 10am for recording/monitoring tasks.

Come & see the moths of Upton Heath caught overnight

Join the regular volunteering group in West Dorset.

Friday 10 June 2016

Come and help restore Portland's valuable limestone grassland by cutting and removing invasive Cotoneaster at Trade Quarry

Saturday 11 June 2016

Celebrate National Gardening Week with Knoll Gardens & Dorset’s largest conservation charity. .

Join your guide to discover the secrets of Chesil Bank & the Fleet Lagoon.

Sunday 12 June 2016

See what flew into our humane moth trap overnight on ‘National Moth Night’ & discover the surprisingly beautiful moths of Lorton.

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Habitat management on a DWT nature reserve near you.

Come and join us for some practical management tasks.

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Join DWT staff at the Urban Wildlife Centre to look for Moths. 

Working on a DWT nature reserve near you.

Join the Warden for a guided walk along the Fleet Lagoon shore. 

Join seasearch for an evening dive in Lyme Bay (“Ruby J” or “Blue Turtle”).   

Thursday 16 June 2016

Join the Portland Project Officer for a guided walk around the disused quarry to discover how wildlife, particularly wildflowers, have recolonised the site. 

Join us for a guided walk around Holes Bay Nature Park 

Friday 17 June 2016

See the bird breeding season up close with spectacular views of the famous Brownsea Island lagoon & its nesting islands.

Saturday 18 June 2016 - Sunday 19 June 2016

Join the seasearch team for a survey dive in Lyme Bay. 

Saturday 18 June 2016

Join us for a guided walk to discover the wonderful wildflowers of Lorton Meadows. 

Sunday 19 June 2016

Working on a DWT nature reserve near you.

Discover the fascinating butterflies & dragonflies hiding in our meadows with a guided walk, then choose & paint your very own plaster cast design to take home. 

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Come and join us for some practical management tasks.

Wednesday 22 June 2016

A regular day of practical work on the nature reserve restoring habitats important for local wildlife.

The group will be visiting various Great Heath reserves and alternating between wildlife survey days and practical conservation/access tasks.

Join us for a boat trip on the Fleet Explorer to find out about smuggling on Chesil Beach & the Fleet Lagoon. 

Join seasearch for an evening dive in Lyme Bay (“Ruby J” or “Blue Turtle”).   

Thursday 23 June 2016

Join the regular volunteering group in West Dorset.

A morning walk at Ashley Wood with DWT's Steve Oliver. 

Friday 24 June 2016

Come and help restore Portland's valuable limestone grassland by cutting and removing invasive Cotoneaster at Trade Quarry

Saturday 25 June 2016

Join us for a farm walk at the head of the characterful Marshwood Vale through flower-rich grassland under Higher Level Stewardship led by West Dorset farmer & hedge enthusiast Ross Dickinson & Emily Newton. 

Walk along the Chesil Beach, looking for signs of creatures washed in from the deep. 

Sunday 26 June 2016

Join the Urban team of the Dorset Wildlife Trust for a moth trap from 9.00 - 10am and a wildlife survey on Upton Heath from 10am - 12 noon.

Join us for a guided walk to celebrate National Insect Week & discover all that buzzes & flitters over the wildflower meadows of Lorton.

A walk and a talk at the Chesil Beach Centre. 

Monday 27 June 2016 - Wednesday 29 June 2016

Learn the skills for identifying grasses & sedges together with making your own herbarium, with Dominic Price. 

Tuesday 28 June 2016

Habitat management on a DWT nature reserve near you.

Come and join us for some practical management tasks.

 Get up close to the amazing wildlife of Brownsea Island with our experts. 

Wednesday 29 June 2016

Join DWT staff and local naturalist Jim White to look for Salt Marsh plants 

Join seasearch for an evening dive in Lyme Bay (“Ruby J” or “Blue Turtle”).   

Thursday 30 June 2016

Find out how to creative a bountiful wildflower meadow or restore a species rich grassland using local seed & low impact techniques.

Saturday 2 July 2016

Join DWT staff and local expert naturalist Adrian Bicker to look for dragonflies at Dunyeats Hill. 

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Come and join us for some practical management tasks.

Wednesday 6 July 2016

A regular day of practical work on the nature reserve restoring habitats important for local wildlife.

The group will be visiting various Great Heath reserves and alternating between wildlife survey days and practical conservation/access tasks.

Thursday 7 July 2016

Join artist Marisa Rehan and Dorset Wildlife Trust to discover and interpret the natural world in paint. Based on Upton Heath and at The Urban Wildlife Centre. Booking essential.

Join the regular volunteering group in West Dorset.

Tuesday 12 July 2016

Come and join us for some practical management tasks.

Habitat management on a DWT nature reserve near you.

Wednesday 13 July 2016

Join DWT staff to look for butterflies at Happy Bottom nature reserve.

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