Find your inner wild this half term
Thursday 19th May 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has some great children’s events lined up this half term to get youngsters and families of all ages out and enjoying nature in Dorset.
Over at Lorton Meadows in Weymouth on Saturday 4th June, join the team for their annual Wild Lorton Family Day, from 10.30am – 4pm. There will be a wild trail, pond dipping, face painting, bird kites, fishing for ducks, and prizes to be won with activities from 50p-£5. Refreshments will be available including tea/coffee and a BBQ! No unaccompanied children, limited parking.
Photography fun at Chesil
Nearby, the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre will be taking part in Dorset Art Weeks, and will be running a Wildlife Photography fun day from 10am – 1pm with photography expert, Tony Bates, MBE. Bring your camera and take photos from around the fleet lagoon and Chesil beach and see your photos on our big screen afterwards for lots of top tips to get the perfect shot. Booking is essential on 01305 206191. Adults £5, Children £3.
Get your feet wet at Kimmeridge
If you fancy making the most of the sunny weather and getting your feet wet, the Marine Centre at Kimmeridge will be holding a Marine Bioblitz on Sunday 5th June with the Capturing our Coast project. People of all ages are invited to come and record as many species as possible in one day. There will be cliff-top dolphin watching from 12 – 5pm and seashore rockpooling from 1.30 – 4pm. Experts will be on-hand to help with wildlife ID. We’ll be looking for seaweeds, crabs, fish, seals, and starfish to name just a few!
Get creative at Upton Heath
In east Dorset, families can get creative, using nature for inspiration on Thursday 2nd June at the Urban Wildlife Centre, in Corfe Mullen. Join local artist Julie Herring for a walk on Upton Heath and get expert advice on your illustrations. Suitable for age 10+, £10 per child, accompanying adults free. Booking essential on 01202 692033 or email .
The Kingcombe Centre (www.kingcombe.org) will be open for half term, with over 450 acres of grassland and woodland to explore! Grab a Nature Detectives Trail from the Centre, and take a walk around the reserve. Join our Art Weeks celebrations at the centre with arts activities and wildlife spotter activities. The café is open 11am – 4.30pm for lunches, tea, cake and ice creams.
Can you be Wild for 30 Days? Take up the challenge!
To find out about all our events, you can visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events. Why not take up the 30 Days Wild challenge and do something every day for 30 days in June? Sign up here and let us know what you get up to on Twitter @DorsetWildlife or Facebook/dorsetwildlife.
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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.
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