(Above) Chesil Volunteers at the Chesil Centre Opening 2013 © Emily Brown (Below) Volunteers working on Portland © Sam Hamer (Below) The Chesil Beach Centre © Sally Welbourn
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is holding a volunteer recruitment day at the Chesil Beach Centre, to offer opportunities for local people to get involved with conservation projects in the Weymouth and Portland area.
The recruitment event will be held on Tuesday 8th July, with two sessions running throughout the day, beginning at 11am and 2pm. A series of talks by DWT conservation officers and question and answer sessions will be run to inform local people how local people can get involved with activities such as marine surveys, restoring wildflower grasslands or helping out at the Chesil Beach visitors centre.
"I wanted to give something back"
Ros Manning has been a volunteer at the Chesil Beach Centre for two years. She said: “I have always been interested in wildlife and it has brought me so much enjoyment over the years that I wanted to give something back. I find that volunteering brings many personal rewards, including a sense of well-being. It’s nice to interact with people and the environment.”
"Meet new people and gain new experiences"
Emily Brown, DWT’s Weymouth and Portland Centres Co-ordinator said:“Weymouth and Portland is an important place for wildlife and our volunteers are a highly valued part of DWT’s conservation work in Weymouth and Portland. There are lots of different opportunities, from helping at the visitors centre at Chesil Beach or Lorton Meadows, to taking part in our conservation projects, such as restoring wildflower grasslands. We are looking for people who are interested in wildlife and the local area, and would like to learn more. Volunteering is a brilliant chance to get outside, meet new people and gain new experiences.”
Find out more...
To find out more about this great opportunity and to book a place at the Volunteer Recruitment Day, you can call 01305 206191, email or drop in on the day. The Chesil Beach Centre is half way along the A354 road to Portland.
For more information about all the volunteering opportunities with Dorset Wildlife Trust and sign-up to our volunteering enewsletter, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteering
Notes to Editor
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is a partnership between Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Dorset Wildlife Trust. The Centre is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Fine Family Foundation, Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve, Jurassic Coast Team and Trust, Crown Estate, Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, Dorset County Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Chalk and Cheese and an army of volunteers from the local community.The Centre is open from 10am to 4pm every day. For more information, ring 01305 206191 or visit dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesilcentre.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
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.