This year, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre is upholding its tradition of the Wednesday afternoon guided walks around the 450 acres of unspoilt nature reserve, buzzing with wildlife. The Centre continues its established walks, after more than a decade of successful strolls through the reserve’s meadows, woodlands and green lanes.
A chance for us to show people the very best of Dorset’s wildlife
Now is the perfect time to enjoy the sounds and sights of spring, and really appreciate the local wildlife. The first walk starts on Wednesday the 11th of April with ‘Spring Flowers of Kingcombe’ where you can come and see the wonderful spring displays, including primroses, bluebells and early purple orchids with Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Tony Bates.
Nick Tomlinson, DWT’s Kingcombe Centre Manager, said: “The Wednesday Walks are a chance for us to show people the very best of Dorset’s wildlife on our outstanding west Dorset reserves. Kingcombe’s woods, ancient lanes and meadows are an absolute delight in spring and we are joining with Wildlife Trusts across the country in celebrating woodland flowers with our first walk of the season.”
The season includes walks for bird lovers, fungi fanatics, farm enthusiasts and even a night time bat detector walk
Bill Oddie OBE, The Wildlife Trusts’ Vice President, said: “The best time to visit a woodland for the first time? Early spring, when the shapes of the branches are still clear but they are spangled with new buds. The birds are singing and you can see them, which isn't so easy once the trees are in full leaf.”
The season includes walks for bird lovers, fungi fanatics, farm enthusiasts and even a night time bat detector walk, as well as a Wellies and Walkies’ walk especially for dog lovers on Wednesday 12th September. You and your canine friend can walk around Kingcombe’s neighbouring Barton Farm, enjoying the organic pasture and sites of special scientific interest. Afterwards you can come back to the Centre for your tea and cake (and a doggie biscuit for your furry friend!)
If you don’t fancy a guided walk, you can always explore the reserve unguided and come back to an overnight accommodation where you will be warmly welcomed and made to feel at home. Furthermore, the Conservatory Cafe is open every weekend from Friday to Sunday plus bank holidays and school holidays from 10am to 5pm until November.
The walks are every Wednesday from 11th April to 10th October from 2.15pm to 4.00pm, wellies or walking boots are advisable. Adults £6 and children £3, to include tea and cake after your adventure, no booking required. For the full list of walks, please ring 01300 320684 or click here.
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Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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.
Tony Bates leads a walk at Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve - Nicky Hoar.
Early purple orchids and primroses at Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve - Martin Hazeldine