On your marks, get set, walk! Brace yourself for Dorset Wildlife Trust’s annual Walk for Wildlife on Sunday 23rd September 2012, which returns to the Isle of Purbeck and the beautiful landscape of the Jurassic Coast. This year’s event boasts routes, of 6, 12, or 22 miles. Register by 31st August for early bird registration rates, and a date in your diary for the whole family to look forward to.
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s popular Walk for Wildlife has been running for 15 years! Each year, this event has attracted families, hikers and dog walkers of all ages and abilities taking in the breathtaking views of the Jurassic Coast.
Wildlife such as hummingbird hawk moths, peregrine falcons and even dolphins have been spotted on previous walks
Each route passes through Durlston Country Park and past Anvil Point Lighthouse. There will then be a part of the beautiful coastline to explore, going to Dancing Ledge for the 6 mile route, St Aldhems Head for the 12 mile route and Kimmeridge Bay for the 22 mile route. The 6 mile route also has two guided walks starting at 10.30am and then 1.30pm.
Leeson House in Langton Matravers, start and finish point for all routes, will be hosting activities for children in their beautiful grounds, so it makes a great family day out. Wildlife such as hummingbird hawk moths, peregrine falcons and even dolphins have been spotted on previous walks so there is always the chance of spotting something unusual!
Register before the end of August for early bird prices
Fiona Sansom, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Supporter Development Officer, said: “Over the years, Walk for Wildlife has raised £50,000 for Dorset Wildlife Trust, and has had over 3,000 participants. Many people get sponsored for their walk - especially if they’re about to take on the challenge of the 22 mile route, which is an adventure in itself! Money raised is hugely helpful in supporting our on-going conservation work across the country, and the money raised in this event will go towards volunteers’ essential equipment.”
Register before the end of August for early bird prices and you’ll also have more time to raise money for the event. Sturdy footwear and suitable clothing is advisable. There will be refreshments available and all who participate will receive certificates and medals for their achievements. So, give the kids something to look forward to after the summer holidays are over and don’t forget your canine companion! Register by clicking here, ring 01305 264620 or turn up from 7am on the day at Leeson House, Langton Matravers.
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For more information please contact Fiona Sansom at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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.
Walk for Wildlife on the Dorset coast - Tony Bates
Peregrine falcon could be spotted on the Walk for Wildlife - Wildstock
Bottlenose dolphins off the Dorset coast - Stewart Canham