(Above) Hengistbury Head © Mark Heighes (below) children with facepainting © Nicky Hoar
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is celebrating National Marine Week beside the seaside this summer with the free family fun day, Wild About Hengistbury road show on Saturday 25th July from 10.30am 3.30pm.
We have lined-up wildlife activities* for all ages, including some close encounters with owls, flying cockroaches, pond dipping activities, bird watching, wildlife gardening, moths, and wildlife face painting. The event is run with Bournemouth Borough Council and our partners in the Great Heath project.
This is our wildest 'wild about' event yet!
DWT’s Great Heath Learning and Interpretation Officer, Nicky Hoar, said “Hengistbury Head is packed with wildness on all sides to it’s a perfect place for our wildest ‘wild about’ event yet. This is a chance for people of all ages to have fun discovering the amazing wildlife around us. Come and get to know your next door nature!”
Get your FREE wildlife friendly gardening plaque on the spot!
There will also be wildlife gardening advice, workshops and activities, and the opportunity to receive a FREE wildlife friendly gardening plaque on the spot! All you need to do is show us pictures of five or more wildlife friendly features in your garden and you will be presented with your plaque to proudly display in your garden. Visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife-friendly-gardens-scheme to view the criteria.
We will be showing off our new wildlife van!
DWT will also be showing off the new ‘wildlife van’ which can be seen at various events around the county throughout the summer. The ‘Hi Teck Wild Trek trailer’ will also be there, with exciting close-up views of small creatures through microscopes linked to a computer to help you discover the mini-beasts on your doorstep.
For the early birds, there will be a bird ringing demonstration with Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group at 8.30am at the Hengistbury Head Visitors Centre. (BH6 4EN)
How to get here and more info...
The Wild About Hengistbury event will be located between the Hiker Café and the famous Double Dykes. For more information visit the Wild About Hengistbury information page or phone the Great Heath Living Landscape team on 01202 692033.
Notes to Editor
*Wildlife Activities include:
8.30am Bird ringing demonstration with Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group (CHOG) at the Hengistbury Head visitors centre
10.30 Main event opens.
10.30 Guided bird watching walk with CHOG PLEASE BOOK on 01202 692033 or email
10.45 Meet the moths with Hengistbury Head rangers
11.30 Pond dipping with Dorset Wildlife Trust
11.30 Amazing flying cockroach display upstairs in the visitors centre.
2.00pm Pond dipping with Dorset Wildlife Trust
2.00pm Amazing flying cockroach display upstairs in the visitors centre.
Activities running all day from 10.30am 3.30pm includes:
Meet the New Forest owls
Get up close to mini-beasts with the Hi-Tek Wildlife Trailer
National Marine Week activities with Dorset Wildlife Trust and Dorset Beach Care
Meet more moths with Dorset Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation
Munching Caterpillars with Butterfly Conservation
Bats with East Dorset Bat Rescue
Amphibian and Reptile conservation
All about bees with Friends of the Earth
Get wildly creative with artist Julie Herring
Dorset Dogs for you and your dog
Wildlife gardening workshops and activities
The Great Heath activities for adults and children
The Great Heath roadshow van
…and lots more!
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn 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.
The Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
- To provide enhanced opportunities for visitors and local residents to enjoy and learn about the area's fantastic natural heritage
- To improve physical access to local green space close to high density urban areas
- To develop relationships with local landowners in order to enhance conservation management of land in private ownership and to open up access to more greenspace in the area.
- To provide increased involvement and volunteering opportunities for people in a variety of wildlife habitats on the urban margin
- To improve access to the marine environment on the fringes of Poole Harbour to improve its conservation value and increase public awareness and enjoyment
Sites include land at Hampreston and High Mead Lane, Award Road, Ferndown Common, Delph Wood, Arrowsmith Copse, Dunyeats Hill, Corfe Lodge Road, Upton Heath, Beacon Hill, Cottage Farm (Happy Bottom), Ashington Paddock, Barrow Hill, Wimborne Road, Rushcombe Bottom, Parley Common, Tricketts Cross, Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay.
The full Great Heath Living Landscape project will cost will be £4.7 million, we have already secured £2 million and have been awarded £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and need to raise further funds by public appeal.
The Great Heath Living Landscape is a partnership project involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Partners also include Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Natural England.
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