Dorset Wildlife Trust is helping Wareham show off its wild side this summer by joining forces with conservation organisations across the county to take part in Wareham Carnival on July 15th. Getting a bit wild in Wareham is easy for all the family with events and activities such as face painting, wildlife walks, river dipping and more.
Activities will be available throughout the day for all ages
The theme for the week long carnival is “Torches and Town Fires” in honour of the Olympic Torch passing through the county, and Dorset Wildlife Trust will be celebrating in style by hosting a day of wildlife events. Activities will be available throughout the day for all ages, such as pond and river dipping, bug hunting including an opportunity for children to undertake a “Mini Beast Morph” and dress up as one of their favourite mini beasts, plus a wildlife treasure hunt along the local nature reserve Priory Meadows. Not only will Dorset Wildlife Trust be waving the flag for Wild Purbeck in Wareham, they will also be joined by The Forestry Commission, Wessex Water, Dorset Dragonflies, the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Natural England who will all also be hosting display areas and activities.
Joy Wallis, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said “You will find the most bio-diverse square kilometre in the whole country in Purbeck so come along and find out more about why we think the area is so important and how you can be involved in caring for it.”
Wading birds and wildfowl can be spotted on the marshes and beautiful rivers flowing through the town
Wareham is an ancient town between the rivers Frome and Piddle, and the attractive gateway to the Isle of Purbeck was a major port until the Middle Ages. Now Wareham is a thriving market town, happily combining the old and the new for locals and visitors alike as well as a fantastic environment for wildlife. Wading birds and wildfowl can be spotted on the marshes and beautiful rivers flowing through the town, and it is a habitat hotspot for dragonflies and damselflies.
Wareham Carnival runs from Monday 9th July until Sunday 15th July. Dorset Wildlife Trust is hosting the Wild Purbeck Day as part of the carnival on the 15th from 11am until 5pm at the Priory Meadows Nature Reserve, (situated in the parish of Arne on the south bank of the River Frome, opposite The Quay.) For more information contact Joy Wallis on 01305 264620 or email .
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For more information please contact Joy Wallis 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.