Children taking part in Forest School Activities at the County Show © Sally Welbourn
Dorset wildlife trust is celebrating the changing seasons by hosting some exciting autumnal events to encourage children to get out and about this half term.
To experience the colours and wildlife of the season, the Kingcombe Centre in West Dorset is hosting their last scavenger hunt of the year on Tuesday 29th October from 10-12pm. Using a trail guided map, solve the wildlife riddles to find autumn-themed items. Collect every item and win a special prize!
Lorton Meadows in Weymouth is holding Caterpillar Kids sessions, looking at autumn colours and wildlife on 31st October and 1st November and a family conservation task on 30th October. DWT Conservation Officer, Catherine Mason said, “When the seasons are changing, it is a great time to come and explore Lorton Meadows the trees are covered with fruits and berries which attract birds and mammals at this time of year. We are looking forward to taking people around the reserve to explore wildlife and enjoy the stunning views.”
Or, if you fancy visiting the stunning coastline in Dorset, and getting your wellies wet, the Living Seas Team's Welly Zone Project is holding its final event on 30th October from 10-12.30 at Hengistbury Head in Bournemouth. We will be searching for clues to the marine life living beneath the waves and there will be a free Welly Zone pack to collect so you can record your findings.
Join the action!
- Chesil Beach: If you are interested in hearing some of the fascinating stories of Chesil Beach, there will be a walk along the Fleet lagoon with Don Moxom, the warden of the Chesil Bank and Fleet Nature Reserve on Sunday 27th October at 2.30pm. Meet at the Elm Tree Pub at Langton Herring and he will help you discover the wildlife of this internationally important site.
- Chesil Beach: The popular half-term Bird Bonanza is also returning to the Chesil Centre from 29th 31st October, where we are inviting people to find out about garden birds, the best things to feed them and how to make gardens bird-friendly for the winter. There will also be fun activities for the kids (from 50p per item) such as making fat balls, bird houses and bird feeders. Bird food will be available in the shop and the Taste* café has some tantalising treats to refresh you during your day out at Chesil!
- Kingcombe Centre: Autumn Scavenger hunt at Kingcombe is on Tuesday 29th October, 10-12pm. £.3 per child. Booking essential on 01300 321409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, West Dorset DT2 0EQ.
- Lorton Meadows: Scavenger hunt at Lorton Friday 1st November at 10:30-12:30, £2 per child. No unaccompanied children. Booking essential on 01305 816546 at Lorton Meadows, Upwey, DT3 5QH.
Family marine events
- Hengistbury Head: Free Welly Zone event Wednesday 30th October 10:00 12:30 meet at Hengistbury Head nature reserve (www.hengistburyhead.org) No unaccompanied children.
- Kimmeridge: The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge will be open 12-4pm every day except Monday when it is closed. Please phone 01929 481044 if you have any questions. Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PF. This is a joint event with Bournemouth Borough Council Rangers.
- Langton Herring: West Fleet Walk with the Warden Sunday 27th October at 2:30pm. Adults £3, Children £2. Meet at the Elm Tree Pub, Langton Herring. No unaccompanied children.
- Chesil Beach Centre: Half-term Bird Bonanza at the Chesil Beach Centre Tues-Wed 29/30 October. Activities 50p per item. No unaccompanied children. For more information contact 01305 20619. The Chesil beach centre is half way along the cause way from Weymouth to Portland on the A354 (Portland Road DT4 9XE)
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 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.