New glass-bottomed kayak trips are on offer in Kimmeridge Bay with Dorset Wildlife Trust. Led by qualified kayak instructors from Secondwind Watersports, the trips will use clear-bottomed kayaks and purpose-made ‘goggle-viewers’ to open a window into the underwater world, revealing the secrets of the seabed, such as snakelocks anemone gardens, seaweed forests and rocky reef inhabitants.
What wildlife could I see?
Julie Hatcher, Marine Awareness Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Kayaking is a great way to encounter wildlife such as seabirds, seals and dolphins and now you can see all the amazing marine life beneath the surface too, with our glass-bottomed kayaks and goggle viewers. We want to show people what amazing and colourful wildlife Dorset has to offer and with no noise or carbon emissions, this is a top way to see wildlife with the least impact on the environment.”
Can I kayak with wildlife safely?
Wildlife that can be seen in Kimmeridge Bay includes shoals of silvery sand eels, large fish such as ballan wrasse, mullet and bass, diving cormorants, spider crabs, blennies and shore crabs as well as many colourful seaweeds. Dorset Wildlife Trust is keen to encourage more people to enjoy and appreciate their local marine wildlife, which is among the best in Europe. Earlier this month they launched a unique self-guided kayak trail in Studland Bay, in partnership with National Trust and Studland Sea School and a Kayaking With Wildlife Code of Conduct has been published to minimise disturbance of marine life.
How can I get involved?
Glass-bottomed kayak trips in Kimmeridge Bay will run on Tuesdays from 12th July until the beginning of September 2011 at a cost of £25 per person for a 2-hour session, including classroom presentation and 1 hour on the water. Minimum age 12 and under 18s must be accompanied by a parent. Suitable for beginners. Safety equipment provided. To book your place phone 01929 481044 or email Kimmeridge@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.
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Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Kimmeridge above and below the water - Andy Pearson, Dorset Wildlife Trust
Snakelocks anemone - P Tinsley