The Easter break is upon us, and with the extra bank holidays, you might be stuck for ideas to keep the family entertained. Why not head to Lorton Meadows nature reserve for a Wild about Weymouth and Portland experience this Easter Monday? With nature trails, quizzes, local wildlife groups, face painting and Easter crafts, there will be something for all the family.
What is happening at the event?
The Easter Egg Hunt and Family Open Day will be held at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Lorton Meadows nature reserve on the 25th April. Sam Dallimore, Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, says: “It’s going to be a great day out for all the family. There will be Easter arts and crafts, a raffle for local produce and we have the Dorset Bat and Otter groups joining us too. So not only is there lots of fun to be had, but it’s also a chance to learn about the local wildlife around you while you have a great day out. After all the excitement, you can relax with a slice of fresh wood-fired Jalopy Pizza or enjoy locally-made ice cream and watch the live nest cameras.”
The event marks the re-launch of Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre after the building of the Weymouth relief road. Sam added: “You can now cycle or walk safely to Lorton Meadows on the new path beside the road, which is a great way to arrive as a family. You will find that Lorton Meadows is still a haven of peace with the loudest noise coming from the birdsong!”
What time does the event start and how can I get there?
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, 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. The Easter Egg Hunt and Family Open Day is on Monday 25th April from 11am to 4pm at Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH.
There is a £1 charge for the Easter Egg Hunt and extra activities cost 50p. For more information, contact Sam Dallimore on 01305 816546 or see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Easter Eggs- N.Hoar
Blue Tit at Lorton Meadows