The new boss at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s flagship Kingcombe Centre plans to open people’s eyes to the world of nature in west Dorset. Nick Tomlinson, 52, comes to the education and environmental centre with a wealth of experience of bringing people and wildlife together as manager of the RSPB’s Weymouth Wetland reserves.
Education is central to conservation
Chosen as a base for BBC Springwatch filming last year, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve has plenty of wildlife for Nick to get enthusiastic about. A keen birdwatcher and volunteer bat worker, his first nature passion was flowers and Kingcombe is renowned for all three, while remaining something of a well-kept secret. Nick said of his new job: “I am really thrilled to be starting work at the Kingcombe Centre. I believe that environmental education is at the heart of everything. Only by helping and encouraging people to understand and value the natural world are we going to get support for nature, and that support is vital if we are to have a healthy, rich and varied world in the future. Education is central to the whole conservation movement and the ability to help shape that in Dorset is a fantastic opportunity. I’m really chuffed.”
The Kingcombe Centre, set within one of DWT’s most idyllic nature reserves, has a reputation for environmental courses combined with sustainable living, exemplified in the organic produce grown and served there. Dorset Wildlife Trust hopes to encourage more people to learn about the importance of how food is produced as they enjoy the homemade delights on offer at Kingcombe and see traditional farming practices on the surrounding nature reserve.
For information about The Kingcombe Centre and full programme of day and residential courses, click here or ring 01300 320684. The nature reserve, Visitor Centre and Conservatory Café are open daily.
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For more information please contact Nick Tomlinson at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre on 01300 320684.
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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.
Nick Tomlinson joins Dorset Wildlife Trust
Photo by Nicky Hoar
Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve
Photo by Nicky Hoar