Dorset Wildlife Trust giving free wildlife gardening advice at open day
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is pleased to be taking part in the Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) open day on Saturday 8th April, with its wildlife friendly gardening displays and experts on-hand to give advice.
The Great Heath team in east Dorset will be attending the event to advise local people in the urban area on making the most of their gardens to attract wildlife and help create habitat for much-loved hedgehogs, birds and pollinators to thrive. The team will be based in the stunning hidden gardens on the site, which has a mix of native and exotic plant species, and is ideal for bird watching, studying insects and plants, and photography.
The gardens at the BNSS are really stunning
DWT Community Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson said, “We are so pleased to be taking part in this fantastic event for another year. The gardens at the BNSS are really stunning and a great place to spend the day inspiring visitors to make their gardens and outside spaces a welcoming place for wildlife. Bring your questions along and we’ll be pleased to help!”
Live insect demos, pond dipping and craft activities
The museum, which was accredited museum status by the Arts Council in 2015, will be open to the public to enjoy its exhibitions about Eygpt, archaeology, botany and geology, to name a few. There will be live insect demo’s and light refreshments, pond dipping for kids and lots of craft activities to take part in.
The BNSS is in a quaint Victorian building with lots to see
Mary Thornton from the BNSS said, “Also on hand will be the Dorset portable antiquities officer to show off some of the Dorset archaeological finds and answer questions about what you may have found on a walk or dug up in your garden. The BNSS is in a quaint Victorian building, housing large collections of birds and butterflies, and an Egyptian Mummy. Join us for our open day and talk to the experts about the wildlife still to be found in your garden and enjoy a day out in the lovely garden at Bournemouth Natural Science Society.”
FREE event on 8th April
The BNSS open day is FREE to attend (small charges may be applicable for activities and donations are welcome) on Saturday 8th April from 10am – 4pm. The museum address is: 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3NS. Free and pay and display parking can be found on surrounding roads.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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 26,500 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.
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