New wildlife viewing platform unveiled at the Chesil Beach Centre
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is pleased to unveil a new wheelchair friendly viewing platform which overlooks the Fleet Lagoon, one of the UK’s most important Marine Protected Areas.
The platform has been designed to allow visitors a new viewpoint to observe the wonderful wildlife of the Fleet Lagoon, which is next to the centre. For the first time it also allows access for wheelchair users to get an unrestricted view of the Lagoon.
The new viewing platform has been created with thanks to a generous donation made by DWT corporate partners, Dorset Coastal Cottages, who gave Dorset’s largest wildlife charity £3,500 towards the project. Dorset Coastal Cottages has supported DWT for over 10 years, and kindly donated towards other projects at DWT’s Fine Foundation Marine Wildlife Centre at Kimmeridge.
Jeremy Smith from Dorset Coastal Cottages said, “We are delighted to support Dorset Wildlife Trust to help look after the local environment. Through funding the new viewing platform at the Chesil Centre we have helped provide something tangible, that our guests can come and visit. We hope that witnessing wildlife in its natural coastal habitat will help inspire both local people and visitors to help look after wildlife through supporting Dorset Wildlife Trust.”
DWT’s Weymouth & Portland Visitor Experience Officer, Emily Brown, said “Migrating birds on the Fleet Lagoon is one of the best wildlife spectacles of the year, so we want everyone to have an opportunity to experience watching it. Binoculars can be rented from the Chesil Beach Centre for those who don’t own a pair but still want to get a glimpse of all the action. Last week, there were reports of thousands of brent geese flocking, so this is a great time of year to visit the Centre and Fleet Lagoon and we’re very pleased it is now accessible for all.”
Visit the Chesil Beach Centre
The Chesil Beach Centre also has a disabled access toilet and disabled car parking spaces in the pay and display car park. The Centre, which also has the Taste* Café, is halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland. Find out more here: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesilbeach or phone 01305 206191 for more information.
Notes to Editor
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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Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 26,000 projects, allocating over £4 billion across the UK. This includes over £411 million to more than 2,600 projects across the South West. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.
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