(Above) Chesil Centre © Megan Lowe (Below) Bug Hotel © Liam Andrews, Cheerleaders © Liam Andrews, Mayor Kate Wheller © Liam Andrews
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) celebrated local wildlife in style as hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the Big Wild Chesil event at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.
With the sun shining and a whole range of activities going on throughout the day- from face-painting and badge-making to a talk on marine giants and the unique opportunity to see marine wildlife like Starfish up close- as well as special performances from Portland’s own 2nd Edition majorette troupe and the Frome Valley Morris dancers, the Big Wild Chesil event was a showcase with something for everyone to enjoy.
"The performances were amazing!"
With both local people and tourists alike sampling all the delights the Chesil Centre had to offer, the event was a huge success. DWT Skills for the Future Trainee and Big Wild Chesil event organiser Megan Shersby said, “The whole day has been a truly fantastic way of celebrating both the Chesil Beach Centre and local wildlife. Everyone has had so much fun and the performances were amazing! It was great to be able to involve some local businesses, such as Wessex FM and Sweetness Dorset, and a big thank you goes out to the Taste* Cafe who provided all the delicious barbeque food.”
"The centre is a fantastic resource for everyone!"
Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Kate Wheller, who gave a speech to open the event said, “I’ve been involved with the Chesil Beach Centre project since 2002 and I was absolutely delighted when the new centre opened two years ago. With so much going on, the centre has become everything we had hoped it would and is now a fantastic resource for educating people about local wildlife. The work that DWT and its volunteers have done is fantastic and visitors and local people value it enormously.”
Mayor of Portland Rob Hughes, who also attended said, “With Chesil beach being such an iconic landmark, it was important to have a visitor centre with the resources to reflect that. The Chesil Beach Centre sits so well in its setting and with such a depth of information on display, it is a fantastic tool for broadening people’s knowledge of wildlife. It’s such an engaging place to be for people of all ages, and events such as this one are great ways of encouraging the conservationists of the future.”