Get involved with the great Chesil Bioblitz
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is hosting an exciting and fascinating all day BioBlitz event* at its Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Sunday 25th June, with activities and events running from 8am to 5pm. People of all ages are invited and encouraged to join in with this large-scale wildlife survey of Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon on what promises to be a really fun and informative day.
Chesil will be a hub of activity as staff, volunteers and members of the public embark on various walks to look for, identify and record as much wildlife as possible. Things to look out for at on the beach include the charismatic little terns along with other birds including the little egret and the ringed plover. There will also be the chance to go on a plant walk to see species such as birds- foot-trefoil, kidney vetch and herb robert. A rock pool activity will allow visitors to try and find marine creatures such as shore crabs and edible crabs. There will be opportunities to search for and identify other exciting wildlife including butterflies, moths and minibeasts, with wildlife specialists on hand throughout the day to offer their expertise.
Learn about the wildlife at Chesil
DWT community engagement trainee Nicola Whitehead said, “The Great Chesil BioBlitz is a fantastic way for people to learn about all the exciting wildlife that we have at Chesil. Everyone is invited to come and join us to take part in the various walks, activities and wildlife identification that will be going on during the event. This is a really great way to connect with the natural world and get to know just what wonderful wildlife we have locally”.
The meeting point for the BioBlitz will be the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Beach Road, Portland, Dorset, DT4 9XE. Entry to the event is free with no need to book. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult and there is a pay and display car park at the Chesil Centre. To really make a day of it, visitors can also call in to the popular Taste Café, which is situated within the Chesil Centre and serves a selection of hot and cold food and drinks.
Find out more
To find out more information on the Great Chesil BioBlitz, please contact the Chesil Beach Centre on 01305 206191 or email
Notes to Editor
8:00-9:00: Bird walk
9:00– 10:00: Moth ID
10:00– 10:15: Reptile hunt
10:15– 11:00: Plant walk
11:00– 12:00: Butterfly walk
12:00– 13:00: Rockpooling
14:00– 15:00: Plankton hunt
15:00– 16:00: Eggcase hunt
16:00– 17:00: Minibeast hunt
For more information please contact Marc Smith or Emily Brown at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 206191.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, 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.
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