Dorset Wildlife Trust has a wild Weymouth Easter in store for all the family, with events at Lorton Meadows nature reserve and the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.
With a choice of Easter egg hunts and fun, family-friendly activities getting to know the wildlife of the meadows or down at the beach, you are spoilt for choice for the holidays in the wild.
At Lorton Meadows, the fun starts on 2nd April, with the popular Caterpillar Kids mornings, a chance to discover everything from ponds, tracks and signs or Lorton’s famous owls, plus craft and games. The Easter Egg Trail in the afternoons takes you around the reserve, following the clues for your egg reward.
At the Chesil Beach Centre, activities start on 29th March and range from a seaweed safari to marine arts and crafts, with two Easter egg hunts for real eggs of marine creatures.
Nicky Hoar, Communications Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “This year we have more events than ever before for families to get up close with the wonderful nature of Weymouth. No need to choose between the beach and the meadow events, why not try an activity at both these fantastic centres and wake your family up to spring?”
Lorton Meadows Caterpillar Kids events:
Tuesday 2nd April Tiny Tadpoles explore the underwater world of Lorton’s ponds.
Wednesday 3rd April Owls learn all about Lorton’s star birds and their baby owlets.
Thursday 4th Tracks and Signs discovering what lives in the woods and meadows.
Friday 5th April Woodland Mini-beasties Explore woodland homes in Withy Woods.
All Caterpillar Kids events are from 10.30am to 12.30pm, no unaccompanied children, booking essential on 01305 816546. Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Broadway, Weymouth DT3 5QH.
Easter Egg Trail Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 5th April 1-4pm, £1 per child, no booking required. Events at Lorton Meadows are available through the Wild About Weymouth & Portland Project.
Chesil Beach Centre events:
Friday 29th March Great Chesil Beach Egg Case hunt. 1.30 pm to 3pm. Hunt for shark and ray egg cases and maybe find some of the chocolate variety. £2 per person.
Events take place at Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, DT4 9XE. For more details, ring 01305 206191 or click here. Café and shop open daily.
Saturday 30th March Marine Fleet Forage. 2pm to 3.30 pm. Discover marine critters on our seashore. Cost: £3 adults £2 children
Thursday 4th April 10am 3 pm Jurassic Coast Family Activities. Free event, donations welcome.
Saturday 6th April 12 noon 3pm Arty Crafty Marine Animal Fun Day ages 6 to 12 years
Make marine themed art and crafts in the Centre. 50p per item made.
Wednesday 10th April 1 2.30pm Marine Beasties Egg Hunt for eggs of sea creatures to win yourself a chocolate egg reward. £2 per person.
Thursday 11th April 1.30 3.30pm Seaweed Safari - Learn to identify seaweeds and have fun pressing them. £3 adults & £2 for kids.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.For our latest news RSS feed, see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/c2/rss/dwt_latest_news.xml
About Dorset Wildlife Trust www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Follow us on Twitter @dorsetwildlife and www.facebook.com/dorsetwildlife
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 Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) www.wildlifetrusts.org
There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK. All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. We have more than 800,000 members including 150,000 members of our junior branch Wildlife Watch. Our vision is to create A Living Landscape and secure Living Seas. We manage around 2,300 nature reserves and every year we advise thousands of landowners and organisations on how to manage their land for wildlife. We also run marine conservation projects around the UK, collecting vital data on the state of our seas and celebrating our amazing marine wildlife. Every year we work with thousands of schools and our nature reserves and visitor centres receive millions of visitors. Each Wildlife Trust is working within its local communities to inspire people about the future of their area: their own Living Landscapes and Living Seas.