Close your eyes and imagine the sun dappling over you through green fresh leaves, the scent of damp woody earth and spring flowers filling your nose, and the sound of birdsong all around. You could only be in one place, a beautiful British Woodland. This May, Dorset Wildlife Trust is celebrating the Tree Council’s month-long festival ‘Walk in the Woods’ to encourage everyone to venture outside and enjoy our trees and woodlands in springtime.
‘Walk in the Woods’ month aims to get people who rarely venture out to visit their local woodlands
Dorset is home to many beautiful woodlands and ancient trees across the county, full of wildlife, rare wild flowers, birds and insects. But when was the last time you went for a stroll through your local wood and enjoyed the nature around you? ‘Walk in the Woods’ month aims to get people who rarely venture out to visit their local woodlands to take an adventure on the wild side and enjoy exploring the tree filled environments and the wildlife they are home to.
Catherine Mason, Community Conservation Officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust said “Spring is a wonderful time to get out and about in your local woods and meadows. The birds are singing, and it is a great chance to see them before the leaves have fully covered the trees. Butterflies can be seen in the dappled light in the woodland and you may catch a glimpse of a deer between the branches.”
Woodland and meadow walk at Lorton Meadows nature reserve
Dorset Wildlife Trust will be celebrating Walk in the Woods month by hosting a woodland and meadow walk at their Lorton Meadows nature reserve. This walk is hosted by Wild About Weymouth & Portland, a partnership between Dorset Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Dorset Countryside and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund through Natural England’s Access to Nature programme, to encourage people to discover, enjoy and help conserve the borough’s wonderful natural environment.
The Walk in the Woods event is on Saturday 5th May, from 2pm to 4pm at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre & Nature Reserve, Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. Cost £1, to include refreshments. The Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre will also be hosting an open day from 10am till 4pm, with wildlife gifts and information, refreshments and on-screen views of the live owl nest boxes around the reserve. For further information, please contact Catherine Mason at , call 01305 816546 or click here. visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events.
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1. For more information please contact Catherine Mason at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 816546. For our latest news RSS feed, see /c2/rss/dwt_latest_news.xml
Wild About Weymouth and Portland is a partnership project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund through Natural England’s Access to Nature programme, involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Dorset Countryside (DCC) and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. The project aims to improve access in and between important wildlife sites in the borough and encourage local people and visitors to discover, enjoy and help conserve the wonderful natural environment of Weymouth and Portland. Additional funding has been provided by Portland Gas Trust and the AONB.
2. Access to Nature is run by Natural England and is part of the The Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments.
3. Natural England manages this £28.75 million Lottery-funded programme on behalf of a consortium of twelve national environmental organisations comprising BTCV, British Waterways, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Greenspace, Groundwork UK, Land Restoration Trust, The National Trust, Natural England, RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts and the Woodland Trust.
4. Through this programme, it is Natural England’s ambition to create opportunities for people from all backgrounds to have greater access to our natural environment and bring a lasting change to their awareness and understanding as well as improved links to the natural world, which many of us can take for granted.
5. Access to Nature closed to applications in May 2010 but for further information
about the programme visit www.naturalengland.org.uk/accesstonature
6. The Big Lottery Fund is the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004.For further information about the Big Lottery Fund, its programmes and awards visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk.
Walking in the woods - Dorset Wildlife Trust
Lorton tree - Dorset Wildlife Trust