Plankton Trawling at Kimmeridge © Lynn Marsland
Dorset Wildlife Trust is celebrating World Oceans Day in style at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge Bay, with a Bioblitz event and lots of free fun activities for families to get involved with.
Join in the hunt for species
If you are a wildlife lover or budding scientist, come along on Saturday 8th June to hunt for mini beasts, go rockpooling, eco-crabbing, bird watching, seaweed spotting or even try bat detecting! Get up-close to nature and watch divers and snorkelers to find out what wildlife lives below the waves.
Melinda Fisher, Marine Conservation Officer from Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “This is a great chance for families to help our wildlife experts and scientists find and record all the living species found both under the water and on the shore for our Bioblitz. There will be experts on hand to help identify species, photograph and give information about them, so it’s a great way to learn all about our exciting marine life.”
Results to be used in conservation projects
The results collected on the day will be used in a variety of conservation projects including increasing protection of our seas, through the designation of Marine Conservation Zones. All activities will start at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway.
Kimmeridge Bay is part of the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, which covers 8 miles of the stunning Jurassic coast and has the best rockpools in Dorset. Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Fine Foundation Marine Centre is free to enter and has children’s activities, displays and a small aquarium. The wardens run a programme of events such as rockpool rambles and craft activities throughout the holidays. For information about all our events, visit dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events
For more information about the Bioblitz contact the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge on: 01929 481044 or email
You can also see what events are taking place, and when, here
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 Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve was established in 1978 and is the longest running Voluntary Marine Wildlife Reserve in the country. It extends from Bacon Hole in the east to St. Alban’s Head in the west and is popular with divers, kayakers and snorkelers. Glass bottomed kayak tours are available from Tuesday May 28th. Seashore Explorer Packs can be hired from the centre and contain lots of fun activities for all the family.