Dorset Wildlife Trust combines with Bournemouth University Students to create the RAIN Day (River Allen In Need) event at Wimborne’s Allendale Centre.
The event has been created to raise funds and build awareness around Wimborne’s River Allen among local people. River Allen in Need (RAIN) is a family fun day with many attractions such as an indoor assault course, owl presentation show, a hog roast for all the family and many other exciting attractions. It is being hosted at the Allendale Centre, located directly next to the river and a prime parking spot for commuters into town. The centre provides a great facility to build community awareness and showcase the arising river issues face to face.
River Allen is one of the least known but best rivers for wildlife in the country
The River Allen is one of the least known but best rivers for wildlife in the country. The crystal-clear waters of chalk streams support more wildlife than any other waters in Britain, with a huge range of aquatic insects, spawning sites for trout and salmon and food for predators, including kingfishers, otters and the native white-clawed crayfish.
Joanna Llewellyn, spokesperson of the Bournemouth University students, believes that “this day is not one to be missed, the whole family are invited and with plenty to do and see. It will be a great chance for the local community to get together and an amazing opportunity to learn more about their surrounding environment!”
A day for all the family
Amanda Broom, Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s a fantastic, lovely little river, full of wildlife and even right here in town the electric blue of the kingfisher zips past whilst water voles scurry about the banks nibbling on grass and other lush bankside plants.”
The RAIN event is at The Allendale Centre, Wimborne from 10:30am to 3:00pm on Saturday 10th March 2012. Funds raised from this event will help to protect the River Allen for local wildlife and people. For more information, ring Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01202 642780.
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For more information please contact the membership department at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Water Vole - Dorset Wildlife Trust
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