Dorset Wildlife Trust is calling for more volunteers to help run the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre. The wildlife and visitor centre reopened last year after extensive rebuilding and aims to help local people and visitors alike discover the extraordinary natural heritage of its unique Jurassic Coast location.
All you need is an appreciation and enthusiasm for the local area, and to like talking to people. Come and join us!
The Centre has an exhibition space, classroom and shop, as well as a separately run café area and new displays are to be installed this spring ahead of a formal opening. Volunteers act as ‘front of house’ for the Centre, meeting and greeting visitors, running the shop and helping keep an eye on the local wildlife. 2013 is expected to be a busy year for the expanded Centre, with several major events, increasing numbers of schools visits and growing numbers of visitors learning about Chesil, the Fleet Lagoon and the surrounding area.
Emily Brown, Discover Chesil Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Chesil Beach and its lagoon are very special places for wildlife and geology, and we try to communicate this to our huge range of visitors. No experience is necessary all training is provided. All you need is an appreciation and enthusiasm for the local area, and to like talking to people. Come and join us!”
Long term volunteer Jenny Harris, from Weymouth, added: “It is a lovely place to come and enjoy the peace and wonderful views and to meet interesting people”.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is a partnership between Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Dorset Wildlife Trust. The Centre is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Fine Family Foundation, Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve, Jurassic Coast Team and Trust, Crown Estate, Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, Dorset County Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Chalk and Cheese and an army of volunteers from the local community.
The next volunteer training session is on Thursday 28th February from 3.30 until 6 pm. To find out more, please contact Emily Brown on or phone 01305 206191. The Centre is open from 10am to 4pm every day and the new taste*café@chesilbeach opens on 18th March 2013.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
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For more information please contact Marc Smith or Emily Brown at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 206191.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
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.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 26,000 projects, allocating over £4 billion across the UK. This includes over £411 million to more than 2,600 projects across the South West. Website: www.hlf.org.uk .
Volunteers Nancy Sheppard and Catherine Brew at the Chesil Beach Centre - Nicky Hoar
Emily Brown, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Discover Chesil Officer at the Chesil Beach Centre - Nicky Hoar