Youngsters in Weymouth and Portland are being invited to go wild this half-term with a range of fun, family outdoor activities across the borough. Wild About Weymouth and Portland, a partnership between Dorset Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Dorset Countryside and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, has everything from wildlife explorers’ outings at Radipole Lake to mini-beast hunting at Lorton Meadows.
The Access to Nature Programme
Wild About Weymouth and Portland is funded by the Big Lottery Fund through Natural England’s Access to Nature programme, to encourage people to discover, enjoy and help conserve the borough’s wonderful natural environment. Activities for this half-term start on Monday February 21st at the RSPB’s Radipole Lake reserve with a chance to make your very own ‘des res’ for wildlife, perhaps a nest box for birds or a home for bats or bugs. Youngsters can then take them home to put in their gardens. There’s a small charge for each box made but all materials and know-how will be provided. There’s a second chance to get involved with homes for wildlife on Thursday, February 24th. Both events are from 10am to 2pm call the visitor centre on 01305 778313 for more information.
On Tuesday February 22nd, there’s a wild family trek on Portland to discover some of the island’s hidden gems and on Friday February 25th you can get involved in practical conservation work at the Butterfly Conservation reserve at Broadcroft Quarry on Portland. Call Portland ranger Lyn Cooch on 07973 907760 for more information for both events.
On Wednesday February 23rd and Friday February 25th, youngsters can turn nature detective for the morning and go mini-beast hunting at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Lorton Meadows reserve. The events cost £1.50 per child. Call to book on 01305 816546. Both events are from 10.30am to 12.30 pm.
Half-term also marks the RSPB’s Wildlife Explorer week at Radipole Lake, so come along any day between 10am and 3pm and hire a special backpack, complete with binoculars, bird ID information and bug jar to help you have fun. Or play a game of bird bingo, spotting items around the reserve and marking them off on a colourful card.