(Above) children playing by Rachel Janes (below) children learning about wildlife at Kingcombe by Amy Brice
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is encouraging children to spend some time outside to experience and learn about wildlife this May half term.
Kick-off the week with the Wild Photography Fun day at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Monday 26th May from 11am 2pm. We are offering the chance for both adults and children to learn about photography from an expert, and then capture some of the views and wildlife at Chesil Beach to put your new skills into practice. Back at the centre, there is a big screen to put your photos on, for some guidance and advice from our expert. Adults £5, children £3. Phone 01305 206191 to book your place.
Art Weeks at Kingcombe
This half term, the Kingcombe Centre is hosting an Art Weeks exhibition of 12 artists, and we have lots of events for families to come along to. On Tuesday 27th May from 10am 12pm the Bugs and Beasties event will invite children to delve into the world of minibeasts, by shaking bushes, lifting logs and sweeping meadows in search for Kingcombe’s finest specimens! Booking is essential on 01300 321409. There will also be ongoing events including art and crafts, walks, and biscuit decorating. For more information visit our art weeks page here.
Kayaking at Kimmeridge
On Tuesday 27th May and Thursday 29th May, older children (12+ year olds only) who fancy getting their feet wet, can try the guided clear-bottomed Kayak safari at The Purbeck Marine wildlife reserve in Kimmeridge Bay and experience marine wildlife like never before! Goggle viewers help you get up and close and personal with marine wildlife. £25 per person, booking essential on 01929 481044.
Family Day at Lorton Meadows
Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre is holding a whole host of family activities, including the Lorton Meadows Family Festival on Saturday 31st May from 11am 3pm. Wildlife activities and crafts will be on offer, such as making a puppet to take home, the ‘best nest’ competition, and games such as fishing for ducks. Families can also explore the reserve on the wildlife trail. Refreshments and cakes will be available, or bring a picnic and sit in our picnic area to enjoy the reserve. Individual activities cost between 50p-£1. For more information, phone 01305 816546.
To find out more about what's going on half term week, visit our events page.
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.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is a partnership between Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Dorset Wildlife Trust. The Centre is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Fine Family Foundation, Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve, Jurassic Coast Team and Trust, Crown Estate, Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, Dorset County Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Chalk and Cheese and an army of volunteers from the local community.
The Centre is open from 10am to 4pm every day. For more information, ring 01305 206191
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.