above: Mini toys and their forest home at the Kingcombe Centre © Christine Endecott
below: Jacob and Shay Boardman with their finds at Chesil Beach © Marc Smith, Kayak Safari © Samantha Chaffey
This May half term, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has lined up activities all over Dorset for children and families to get outside and enjoy.
The Kingcombe Centre near Dorchester is holding a photography master class with expert photographer, Stewart Canham, on Thursday 28th May from 10.30 12.30pm. Children can bring their own camera and learn top photography tips to practice in the meadows surrounding the Kingcombe Centre. On Tuesday 26th (10.30am-12.30pm) children can bring along a mini toy and build them a forest home and learn about the wild creatures living on the reserve. For more information and to book phone 01300 320684.
Families are invited to the Lorton Meadows Family Festival on Saturday 30th May
Over at Lorton Meadows in Weymouth on Tuesday 26th May, children will have the opportunity from 2pm-4pm to meet a barn owl up-close, find out all about them and even see a barn owl pellet dissection. Contact Emily Newton on 01305 816546 for more information. Families are also invited to the Lorton Meadows Family Festival on Saturday 30th May from 11am 3pm, where there will be wildlife games such as fishing for ducks and the ‘best nest’ competition. Also try out the wildlife inspired Play Park!
Children can become a wildlife superhero, learning how to protect local wildlife with a series of challenges
For some coastal fun, the Fine Foundation Chesil Centre in Weymouth has a packed timetable of events, including ‘Seashore Superheroes’ on Friday 29th May, where children can become a wildlife superhero, learning how to protect local wildlife with a series of challenges and making a superhero mask. 11am 12.30pm.
Kayak Safari is the best way to explore under the water world
At the Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge, the popular Kayak Safari is the best way to explore under the water world with clear-bottomed kayaks and goggle-viewers. This also includes a wildlife talk and kayak session accompanied by a qualified kayak leader. Tuesday 26th & Thursday 28th May, minimum age 12 years, £25, 3 x 2 hour sessions starting at 10.30am. Phone 01929 481044 for more information and to book.
The Great Heath Dragonfly Safari will take children and families onto Upton Heath in east Dorset
If you’d like to keep your feet on dry land, The Great Heath Dragonfly Safari will take children and families onto Upton Heath in east Dorset on Thursday 28th May from 10am 1pm. Upton Heath is one of the best places in Britain to look for these mini winged dragons. £2 per child. Meet at the Urban Wildlife Centre, Corfe Mullen. For more information, phone 01202 692033.
We have many more events this half term to view them all, visit the events page here or phone 01305 264620 for more information.
No unaccompanied children at any of the DWT children’s events.
Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre Halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland on the A354 (DT4 9XE). For more information phone 01305 206191 or visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesil-beach-centre. Phone 01305 206191.
The Kingcombe Centre - Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0EQ. www.kingcombe.org.uk
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge. Marine Centre, Kimmeridge, Wareham, BH20 5PF. A road toll fee of £5 is charged by the Smedmore estate. Entry to the marine centre is free. Phone 01929 481044 for more information. http://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/marinecentre
Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre - Lorton Meadows is on Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. Please phone 01305 816546 for more information. For more information visit http://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/lorton_meadows_reserve
Urban Wildlife Centre - Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen, Dorset, 01202 692033. www.thegreatheath.org.
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.