Dorset Wildlife Trust is inviting you and your family to explore your local wildlife this summer. Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre is hosting a medley of events for all the family over the summer holidays, so even the youngest wildlife detective can start exploring Dorset and its amazing wildlife. From children’s activities and live nest box cameras to wildlife walks and conservation tasks there will be something for everyone.
What is happening at Lorton Meadows?
Samantha Dallimore, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, for the Wild About Weymouth & Portland Project says: “Summer is such a great time of year to get outside and really start exploring the world around you. Dorset has so much to offer right on your doorstep and some of it is really easy to find - you don’t need to be an expert! Our Caterpillar Kids days are a great way to get children interested in wildlife and a way for them to get hands-on and really involved in learning about nature. Plus volunteering for our practical conservation task is an excellent way to help your local wildlife.”
Situated on the edge of Weymouth, Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre & Nature Reserve is a great place to take the family and explore some of Dorset. You can cycle or walk safely to Lorton Meadows on the new path beside the new Weymouth Relief Road (A354), alternatively there is parking adjacent to the Centre.
How can I get involved?
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Caterpillar Kids events are every Friday during August: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and Friday 2nd September. The activities are from 10.30am to 12.30pm and each is themed around a different aspect of wildlife found at Lorton, including ponds, butterflies or ladybirds to name a few. Children and their (parents or grandparents) can discover their local wildlife, get arty and join in wacky wildlife games.
Open Days at the Conservation Centre are on Saturdays 6th & 20th August and Saturday 3rd September. Drop in for refreshments, enjoy the wildlife spectacle playing out live on our wildlife cameras, find out about wildlife gardening and explore the nature reserve, which looks fantastic during the summer. You can also join the volunteering day on Wednesday 24th August 10am 3pm, to help improve local habitats for wildlife. Families welcome.
All events are at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre & Nature Reserve, Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. For further information, please contact Samantha Dallimore at firstname.lastname@example.org call 01305 816546 or click here.
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For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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.
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