Weymouth’s Lorton Meadows nature reserve is getting ready for winter this month, and you can join in! During the colder months your local and garden wildlife could use a helping hand, so why not pop down to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Lorton Meadows Open Day on Saturday 20th November and find out how to help wildlife through the winter?
You can buy food for your garden birds, find out the best things to feed them and watch the birds on the feeders and in the owl boxes live on screens in the Visitor Centre. Woodpeckers are among the regular visitors to the feeders, while both barn owls are back in their nest box and a squirrel has taken up residence in the new tawny owl box. You can also get a hot drink and have a walk around the woods and meadows of the reserve to take in the last of the autumn colours and views of the Jurassic Coast.
How can I get involved?
Sam Dallimore, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Winter is always a difficult time for nature; the temperatures are low, there is less food and surviving generally gets more difficult. Now is a great time to start feeding your garden birds if you haven’t yet started as they need all the help they can get. We can provide all the advice and products you need on our Open Day.”
The Lorton Meadows Open day is on Saturday 20th November, 10am to 4pm, but if you can’t make it the next one is on Saturday 11th December, 10am to 4pm. Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve is at Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. For more details, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events.html or ring Sam Dallimore on 01305 816546.
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For more information please contact Sam Dallimore at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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About Dorset Wildlife Trust www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk
Dorset Wildlife Trust was founded in 1961 to protect the wildlife and natural habitats of the county and now has over 25,000 members and manages 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.
The largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues. It leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.