Volunteers open day at Lorton Meadows
Monday 23rd May 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth is looking for volunteers to help run its events and education programme.
There will be a volunteer open day on 26th May at 12pm. Visitors are invited to come and meet the team, find out more about the reserve and see how they can get involved.
A stone's throw from residential areas in Weymouth
The Conservation Centre, which is surrounded with 75 hectares of grassland, woodland and hedgerows is just a stone’s throw from the residential areas of Littlemoor, Upwey and Weymouth, and provides a tranquil and peaceful greenspace for wildlife to thrive in and people to enjoy. The nature reserve also forms part of the Lorton Valley Nature Park, launched in 2013.
We are looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds
DWT’s Seasonal Assistant for Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Vicky Ashby says, “Lorton Meadows is a fantastic nature reserve tucked away on the outskirts of Weymouth. We run a programme of events for schools and the public, as well as a visitors centre, where we have just extended the opening hours. We are looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to help us throughout the year. In return we can offer a fulfilling and interesting role, a beautiful location, and lots of opportunities to meet new people.”
Give something back to nature and people
Pat has been volunteering with DWT for 4 years at Lorton Meadows and the Chesil Beach Centre. He says, “Volunteering has given me great enjoyment within the natural environment. Lorton Meadows has been my prime location, and I enjoy welcoming all ages from kids’ events to adults guided walks, set in several habitats in a well-managed visitor centre. I like being about to give something back to nature and really enjoy learning about it, gaining knowledge from staff and visitors alike.”
Come along and meet us!
Wildlife knowledge is not necessary and full training will be provided. If you’d like to drop in for a chat with staff and other volunteers, please come by on Thursday 26th May at 12pm. They can talk to you about what the volunteering entails, discuss the reserve, provide refreshments and take you on a guided walk around the reserve.
If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Ashby at or phone 01305 816546.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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