As the temperatures begin to rise, and the spring flowers start to bloom, why not thaw yourself out from the winter chill by stretching your limbs and taking on Dorset Wildlife Trust’s 42toDo challenge?
As Dorset’s biggest nature conservation charity, Dorset Wildlife Trust manages 42 sites across Dorset to benefit nature, and all are open to the public. Launched last year to celebrate DWT’s 50th Anniversary, 42todo challenges everyone to visit all 42 nature reserves, with prizes to be won for the most interesting and impressive completions. From swathes of meadow flowers to ancient woodland and sparkling chalk streams, the nature reserves have beauty for everyone to enjoy.
Discover tucked away gems
Nicky Hoar, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Communication Officer, said “The 42todo Challenge is all about discovering some of the hidden corners of Dorset, with some of the best wildlife. I did the Challenge myself last year by bike and saw a completely new side to the county I thought I knew well. As well as the big, starring flagship reserves, there are tiny, tucked-away gems that will surprise you, and they are all being protected for wildlife and for you to enjoy!”
You can start or finish the 42todo challenge at any time of year, and each month has something different to offer. Brownsea Island is great for waders now (open weekends), Kingcombe Meadows comes to life in the summer with swathes of wildflowers and butterflies, Upton Heath bursts into colour in early autumn with the heathers glowing purple and rare reptiles out basking in the sun, while a spring walk through Ashley Wood will be a treat as bluebells cover the forest floor.
42 Dorset Reserves
All those that visit 21or the full 42 reserves will receive a certificate and commemorative badge. Dorset Wildlife Trust will also be awarding some special prizes for the fastest, largest group, highest fundraisers, youngest participant and anything else that captures their attention for being a little bit special.
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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.
Upton Heath - Tony Bates
Kingcombe in March - Dorset Wildlife Trust