(Above and below) Walkers along the Purbeck coast on Walk for Wildlife 2008 by Tony Bates
As spring changes the sights and sounds of Dorset’s landscape, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is delighted to host the 16th Walk for Wildlife on Sunday 13th April 2014.
There are two routes to choose from, either 7 miles or 13 miles, both starting and ending at Leeson House, Langton Matravers. The walks are suitable for all, from ramblers to families with toddlers and those with canine companions.
Both routes pass through Durlston Country Park and past Anvil Point Lighthouse, which has stunning views along the Jurassic Coast. There will be a part of the beautiful coastline to explore that will extend to Dancing Ledge for the 7 mile route and St Aldhems Head for the 13 mile route.
Walk for Wildlife has raised over £55,000 for conservation in Dorset
Since the walk started, over 3,200 people have joined us for the walk, and over £55,000 has been donated to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s important conservation work in Dorset.
Individual Giving Manager for DWT, Fiona Sansom said: “Walk for Wildlife is always a popular event with our supporters as it’s a fantastic opportunity to get out and put a ‘spring’ in your step. It is a great way to see wildlife, get some fresh air and exercise, and help support Dorset Wildlife Trust. Some people even take it on as a personal challenge and get sponsored for their walk, especially for the longer route, which is very rewarding! It also means that others not taking part in the walk can contribute to conserving Dorset’s wildlife on land and in the sea. Whichever route you choose, you are guaranteed to see some of Dorset’s most iconic views and wildlife.”
Wildlife previously spotted includes peregrine falcons, hummingbird hawkmoths and even dolphins.
How to sign-up
Walkers can register 7am on the day at Leeson House. The registration fee is £5 per child, £15 per adult and £35 per family. For more information and to register online, click here or call 01305 264620.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Fiona Sansom or Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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.