With spring just around the corner, Dorset Wildlife Trust has plenty of activities to get the kids up close with nature this half term at Lorton Meadows and Kingcombe. Both centres are inviting children to get out and explore the reserves’ natural wonders as well as getting crafty with hands-on nature-based activities.
Get back to nature
At Kingcombe, West Country artist, writer and environmentalist Kim Squirrell will be leading a sensory walk to gather colours, textures and impressions to create something to wear, play with or simply gaze at, using techniques such as weaving, braiding, whittling or feltmaking. Parents are encouraged to join in too, and the children get to keep their crafts as a permanent reminder of their creative encounter with the nature of west Dorset. This will also be a chance to see the newly refurbished flagship environmental centre emerging fresh from its January hibernation.
Kim said: “In our busy lives we can forget about the simple pleasure of being outside enjoying our natural world. Our creative day will help to wake us up to the everyday wonder and beauty around us. Once we get our hands on natural materials and start to work with them we are connected to the land and all the people who have found and made things from nature in the past. My aim is to give you lots of tools and ideas for natural learning and play so 2012 can be full of outdoor adventures.”
You can really make a difference
At Weymouth’s Lorton Meadows, there is a choice of two popular Caterpillar Kids activities, with the chance to make your own mini nature reserve or discover how birds make their nests, plus games, art and craft. Lorton Meadows is also inviting the whole family to its first Family Conservation Morning, for a chance to really make a difference to the special wildlife habitat of the reserve ready for spring.
Natural Crafts for Children Wednesday 15th February at The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, west Dorset DT2 0EQ 10.30am to 1pm or 2pm to 4.30pm. £8 for first child and £5 for each additional child. Ring 01300 320684 or visit the Kingcombe website to book.
Caterpillar Kids Mini Nature Reserves on Wednesday 15th February or Birds’ Nests on Friday 17th February at Lorton Meadows, Upwey DT3 5QH 10.30am to 12.30pm. £2 per child.
Family conservation Morning Thursday 16th February10am to 12 noon. Free. Ring 01305 816546 to book activities at Lorton Meadows.
Children must be accompanied and booking is essential for all activities.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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.
A previous Caterpillar Kids event at Lorton Meadows - photo by Dorset Wildlife Trust
Catkins at Kingcombe taken today 13th January - photo by Nicky Hoar