(Above)Red squirrel on DWT sign © James Lodge (Below) DWT’s ‘Super squirrel’ © Rachel Bright
To celebrate the theme of ‘record breakers’ in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is launching a new family trail on Brownsea Island and a new challenge for children to complete whilst spending some wild time in Dorset.
Super Squirrel’s record-breakers trail is being launched at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve on Brownsea Island this week for the summer holidays. Families can spend time learning about the record-breaking wildlife the island is home to, take part in craft sessions, quizzes and learn more about the wildlife that calls the reserve’s internationally important lagoon home, in our ‘guide in the hide’ drop-in sessions.
Take part and earn a special reserve rambler badge
Children can also earn a special ‘reserve rambler’ badge over the summer by taking part in DWT’s reserve-hopping challenge, and visiting five of the visitor centres* across Dorset to collect stamps and write down a record-breaking or jaw-dropping wildlife fact they have learnt at each centre. Those who complete the challenge will be entered into a free prize draw** to win wildlife goodies, including books and equipment to help kids go wild!
We have plenty of events to keep kids entertained this summer
DWT’s Brownsea Island Engagement Officer, Emma Godden said, “What’s great about this challenge is that it’s easily achievable. We have lots of events in all our visitor centre’s this summer, and plenty to keep kids and adults alike entertained just remember to get your stamp to earn your reserve rambler badge whilst you’re out and about in Dorset!”
DWT members do not have to pay
Brownsea Island is open 10am 5pm Monday Sunday throughout the summer. DWT members do not have to pay a landing fee on arrival at Brownsea Island if visiting the DWT nature reserve. A valid membership card will need to be shown on arrival, and if visiting the rest of the island, National Trust charges apply. For non-members, charges apply and entrance to the reserve is: adults £2, children 12-18 £1 and children under 12 go free. For information about boat times, phone 01202 709445.
Find out more...
For more information about our events, visit our events page or our centre information page to find out more about becoming a ‘reserve rambler’!
Dorset Wildlife Trust manages 101 ha (256 acres) of Brownsea Island and works with the National Trust in partnership to ensure the Island is managed for the benefit of wildlife and enjoyment of people.
*Visitor Centres include:
Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ (01300 320684) www.kingcombe.org.uk
Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE
Fine Foundation Kimmeridge Marine Centre, Kimmeridge, Wareham, BH20 5PF
Brownsea Island (Poole) Boats from Poole and Sandbanks, phone 01202 709445 for more information.
Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 5QH
** Entries must be received by Friday 4th September 2015. The prize draw will take place on Monday 7th September 2015.
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.