Join DWT for some spooky wild adventures this half term
Monday 17th October 2016
Children are invited to get spooky and wild this October half term with a great selection of events and activities at Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) visitor centres across Dorset.
At the Kingcombe Centre in west Dorset, the Kids Club on Tuesday 25th October will be hosted by local artist Sarah Butterworth, teaching children how to make a Halloween Lantern using craft materials. (Age 7+, £17 per child, 10am-4pm). Then on Wednesday 26th October, families are invited to come back to the Centre (fancy dress is very welcome) for a free Halloween lantern walk through Kingcombe Meadows, searching for bats, night time wildlife and enjoying the reserve by candlelight, from 6pm – 8.30pm. The Kingcombe café is open for spooky treats and evening meals. Book on 01300 320684 or visit www.kingcombe.org/family-events.
Events at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre in Weymouth & Portland
The Chesil Beach Centre has a host of activities throughout half term week for children, starting with the ‘Cuttlefish Kids, Seaweed Explorer’ on Tuesday 25th October from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Learn fascinating facts, how to identify seaweeds and have fun pressing them. £2.50 per child (must be accompanied). Children can also find out more about how to look after garden birds in winter with the ‘Chesil Half Term Bird Bonanza’, running from Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 30th October, 10am – 4pm. Activities include making fat balls and bird feeders (from £1) If you enjoy watching birds in your garden and want to treat yourself to a new pair of binoculars, on 23rd October there will also be an Opticron Optics Day, where you can try out a large range of binoculars and scopes whilst viewing the spectacular wildlife of Chesil and the Fleet Lagoon.
Events at the Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve in Weymouth
At Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve in Weymouth, the Caterpillar Kids event, ‘Minibeasts in the wild woods’ invites children to explore the spooky Withy Woods to find the beetles, bugs and slugs lurking under logs. Crafts and games will be provided. On Friday 28th October, get into the Halloween spirit with ‘Spooky spiders and Halloween bats’, discovering the baffling life of bats and then making bouncing bats to take home. Both events £2.50 per child, 10.30am-12.30pm, booking essential on 01305 816546.
Events at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre in Kimmeridge
At the Fine Foundation Marine Centre in Kimmeridge, things are getting spooky with the ‘Creatures of the deep, dark ocean’ event on Wednesday 26th October from 1-3pm. Children are invited to learn about the lives of vampire squid, ghost sharks and coffin fish, all lurking in the depths of the ocean. Make the creepiest one of all to take home. £2 per child. On Saturday 29th October, everyone is invited from 12.30am-2pm to ‘Beachcomb the Bay’, by exploring what’s been washed up on the beach at Kimmeridge. Search for treasures and see previous finds such as whale bones and goose barnacles. Adult £3, children £2.
Events with The Great Heath in East dorset
Over in east Dorset, The Great Heath team have organised a Bat Walk with Knoll Gardens in Wimborne, and are inviting families for a dusk stroll around the gardens to discover bats and celebrate Wild about Gardens week with experts from DWT. Cost £5 per adult, £3 per child. Booking is essential on 01202 692033 or email Katie at .
Find out more
For all our half term events, visit the events page here.
Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult (adults free of charge). Light refreshments will be provided, but bringing your own lunch is recommended. All materials are included in the cost. The Kingcombe Café will be open for snacks.
The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ. (01300 320684) www.kingcombe.org
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre:
Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE. (01305 206191)
Additional events running throughout the half term:
Sun 23rd – Opticron Optics Day, 10am – 4pm
Looking to buy some new binoculars or a telescope? Rob Laughton from Opticron will be on hand to give expert advice on optics. Try out a large range of binoculars and scopes whilst viewing the spectacular wildlife of Chesil and the Fleet Lagoon. Sun 30th - Winter birds of Chesil, the Fleet and Portland Harbour, 11.30am – 1pm
A guided walk looking at the gulls, wading birds and geese along Chesil Beach and the Fleet with local naturalist Sean Foote. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre. Adults £3, Children £2.
Wed 26th – Cuttlefish kids - Strandline raiders, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Search the strandline of Chesil Beach to discover rare pink seafans, shark eggcases and other lost treasures blown in from the Atlantic. Plus crafts and games. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre. Booking essential, please phone: 01305 206191. Children £2.50, must be accompanied.
Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre:
Phone 01305 816546 for more information.
Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5QH.
Fine Foundation Marine Centre:
Phone 01929 481044 for more information.
Purbeck Marine Centre, Kimmeridge, Wareham, BH20 5PF.
The Great Heath Living Landscape project:
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.
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 26,000 members and over 44 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.
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