DWT teams up with BNSS for museum open day
Friday 11th March 2016
(Above) BNSS open day 2015 © Ian Julian
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Great Heath Living Landscape team will be returning to the Bournemouth Natural Science Society’s (BNSS) annual museum open day to give expert advice about wildlife gardening on Saturday 16th April.
Activities will include building your own bee home, and making wildlife crafts. Plus Kate Bradbury, author of The Wildlife Gardener will be giving a talk about wildlife gardening, and signing books.
DWT will be promoting its new partnership with Chestnut Nursery
DWT and Chestnut Nursery will also be promoting its new partnership to work together to promote the importance of wildlife friendly gardening, by giving expert advice on plants.
Something for everyone to enjoy
Great Heath Community Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson said, “After the success of last year’s event, we are very pleased to be joining forces with the BNSS once again. This is a family-friendly event, and there will be something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s browsing around the natural history collection in the museum, or listening to Kate Bradbury’s talk.”
Live demonstrations and chances to explore the museum
There will also be live demonstrations of flying cockroaches, and a chance to hold a tarantula. The BNSS Museum, which has just become an accredited museum, offers lots of treasures to explore, with the Egyptian collection, the Botany collection and the Geology collection.
"We're really looking forward to opening our doors this April!"
Katherine West from the BNSS said, “The BNSS is thrilled to be working with the DWT again this year on this event. It was a huge success last year and hopefully we can replicate that! Since last year, we have become an accredited museum and our volunteers are working hard to promote and improve the Society and museum. We are really looking forward to opening our doors this April and sharing our collections, knowledge (and cake!) with our visitors!”
Come along and join us!
Entry is free from 10am – 4pm, although there will be a small charge for refreshments and activities. The BNSS (www.bnss.org.uk) is at 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3NS. There is limited parking so please walk/use public transport or park in nearby roads. Tea and cake will be available and other organisations attending include, Bournemouth Borough Council, Bournemouth University and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC). To find out more contact Katie Wilkinson on 01202 692033.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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.
The Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
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.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with £6bn across the UK. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.
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