Now is the time to get ready for winter with the birds, with Dorset Wildlife Trust’s first Bird Bonanza event. With the influx of migrant birds fleeing colder climes, bird watching moves up a gear on our coasts, inland and in our gardens. You can find out how to watch the spectacle and give wildlife a helping hand over winter at this month’s Bird Bonanza at the new Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre with Dorset Wildlife Trust.
Marc Smith, DWT’s Chesil Beach Centre Officer, said: “This is an exciting time of year at the Centre, with winter wildfowl already arriving on the Fleet lagoon and Portland Harbour, and your gardens are also important feeding grounds for resident birds and visitors from as far away as Scandinavia and the Continent. Come and find out all about garden birds, the best things to feed them and how to ready your garden to attract these captivating creatures, for your enjoyment and their survival, or join us on the Friday to find out about the birds of the Fleet and get help with watching and identifying them.”
The Bird Bonanza includes talks about garden birds, advice and fun activities for the kids, such as making fat balls and bird feeders. You can buy food for your garden birds, take a look around the new Centre and maybe even treat yourself to lunch at the Chesil Beach Café.
The Bird Bonanza talks and children’s activities take place from Tuesday 30th to Thursday 1st November, and on Friday 2nd November the focus will be on bird watching, with talks about the ‘Wintering Birds of the Fleet’ and a chance to try out the new range of binoculars in the shop. All events take place from 12 to 3pm and are free, except for an activities charge of £1 per item made. For more information, click here or contact Marc Smith at the Chesil Beach Centre on 01305 206191.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is run by Dorset Wildlife Trust on behalf of a partnership including Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, the Jurassic Coast Team, the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
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For more information please contact Marc Smith at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 206191.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
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.
Blue tit - S DAVIS
Marc Smith at the Chesil Centre - N HOAR