Get ready to lace up your boots, strap on your shoes or slip on your wellies for Dorset Wildlife Trust’s annual Walk For Wildlife on September 23rd 2012. This year their fantastic trio of walks returns to the Isle of Purbeck to celebrate some of Dorset’s most scenic views & iconic wildlife.
This year’s walk boasts 3 routes consisting of either 6, 12, or 22 miles
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s popular Walk For Wildlife has been running for 15 years and attracts participants from all walks of life, from hardened ramblers, to families with toddlers, and even canine companions have got in on the action. This year’s walk boasts 3 routes consisting of either 6, 12, or 22 miles, as well as a newly added mountain biker route for those who love the rush of adrenaline combined with wildlife watching. The 6 mile route will also entail 2 guided wildlife walks.
Fiona Sansom, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Supporter Development Officer said “Walk For Wildlife is a fantastic event and has always proved popular with our supporters. The aim of this event is to encourage people to get out and enjoy the stunning scenery in their local area, as well as hopefully seeing some spectacular wildlife on the way. Some people even get sponsored for their walk, especially if they are taking on the 22 mile route which is an adventure in itself. You can even download a sponsorship form for your dog! All 3 routes cross some of Dorset most beautiful coastal paths along the Isle of Purbeck, so you are going to see some beautiful views whichever you choose.”
Wildlife such as peregrine falcons, hummingbird hawkmoths and even dolphins have been spotted on previous walks
Walk for Wildlife has raised £50,000 in the past for Dorset Wildlife Trust, and has had over 3000 participants. Wildlife such as peregrine falcons, hummingbird hawkmoths and even dolphins have been spotted on previous walks. Each route will pass through Durlston Country Park and past Anvil Point Lighthouse. There will then be a part of the beautiful coastline to explore that will extend to Dancing Ledge for the 6 mile route, St Aldhems Head for the 12 mile route and Kimmeridge Bay for the 22 mile route.
Walk for Wildlife is on Sunday 23rd September and has 3 walking routes; Easy at 6 miles, Moderate at 12 miles, and hard at 22 miles. Register by 31st August for early bird registration rates. To find out more and register your place visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/w4w or call 01305 264620.
Notes to Editor
Additional information on the Walk for Wildlife event:
Suggested arrival and duration times:
- 6 mile walk: before 1:30 pm (approx. 2 hours long)
- 12 mile walk: before 12 noon (approx. 5 hours long)
- 22 mile walk: before 9 am (approx. 7-9 hours long)
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.