Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, Jane Goodall and Steve Backshall are just some of the names that spring to mind when you think of famous conservationists. This October half term, Dorset Wildlife Trust is giving children the chance to follow in their footsteps and become a wildlife ranger for the day at Lorton Meadows nature reserve.
Hands on experience
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Community Conservation Officer, Samantha Dallimore, says: “If you have a child who has ever expressed an interest in animals or wildlife, then this will be a fantastic event for them. It’s hands-on experience using tracks and other evidence of animals to explore wildlife at our at fantastic nature reserve. Who knows, they could end up being the next famous conservationist in years to come!”
The Wildlife Rangers event will give children over 7 years old the chance to become a wildlife detective, searching for and discovering the signs left by creatures at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve. With expert guidance from the Community Conservation Officer the new wildlife rangers will take part in the tracking challenge, photograph the evidence and make plaster casts of tracks they find. These can then be taken home as a token of their day out with Dorset Wildlife Trust.
Caterpillar Kids events for younger children
The Wildlife Rangers event is on Thursday 27th October, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This is a family event, for children aged 7 and over and costs £2 per child.
There are also two Caterpillar Kids family events for younger children to enjoy; Beast, Bugs and Slugs, discovering what lies in the leaf litter on Wednesday 26th October and Autumn Leaves, celebrating the colours of autumn on Friday 28th October. Both events are from 10.30am to 12.30pm, with fun games, arts and more, and cost £2 per child.
All the half term events are at Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH, booking is essential and children should be accompanied. These events are made available to everyone by Wild About Weymouth and Portland, a partnership between Dorset Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Dorset Countryside and Weymouth and 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.
Please call Samantha Dallimore on 01305 816546 for information and to book a place.
Notes to Editor
1. For more information please contact Samantha Dallimore at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 816546.
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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
3. Natural England manages this £28.75 million Lottery-funded programme on behalf
Changing Spaces programme launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and
improve their local environments.
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
5. Access to Nature closed to applications in May 2010 but for further information
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.
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
Badger track by J. Stobart
Fox prints by J. Stobart