DWT organises cracking Easter events to get children outside
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has a series of events organised to get children outside and making the most of Dorset’s stunning nature reserves and outside spaces this Easter holiday.
The Chesil Beach Centre
On Thursday 13th April, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is holding its Fleet Lagoon Seashore Safari from 1.30 – 3pm. Children and adults are invited to hunt for marine wildlife which calls our shores their home, as well as looking for the tell-tale tracks and signs of hidden species. £3 adults, £2 children, bring wellies! On Friday 14th April, take part in the Great Chesil Beach Eggcase Hunt of the marine kind, and search for shark and ray eggcases – children might find some of the chocolate variety! £2 per child, no booking required for either events.
Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve
The Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth is holding its bird’s nests and eggs (Caterpillar kids event) on Wednesday 12th April where children can learn just how tricky it is so build a nest. 10.30am-12.30pm, plus games with the community conservation officer. Booking essential on 01305 816546. On the Easter weekend join the Lorton eggsplorers trail from Friday 14th – Monday 17th April 10.30am – 4.00pm. Collect a trail guide and hunt for clues around the nature reserve to solve a mystery. Return to the centre to collect an edible prize!
The Great Heath
Over in east Dorset, join a reptile ramble on Upton Heath on Friday 21st April from 10am – 1pm to discover reptiles waking up for Spring on Upton Heath. There’s also snake and lizard activities plus a ramble to find real reptiles in the wild. £3 per child, meet at the Urban Wildlife Centre, BH21 3RX. Phone 01202 692033 for more information. On Sunday 23rd April, come along to Upton Country Park in Poole to join us for our Wild About the Great Heath event, 10am – 4pm for a free wildlife family fun day. There will be wildlife activities for all ages.
Kimmeridge Marine Centre
At the Kimmeridge Fine Foundation Marine Centre, take part in the seashore discovery on Thursday 13th April from 2pm – 3.30pm. Join a warden to explore the seashore and learn about the animals living there. £3 per adult, £2 per child. On Wednesday 19th April, get arty with one of our two hour sessions making ocean-themed items. 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm. £2.50 per child, booking essential on 01929 481044.
Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve
The Kingcombe Centre in west Dorset, is celebrating its spring weekend with a guided walk with Jim White in the Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve on Monday 17th April, discovering the stunning spring flowers and plants of Kingcombe Meadows, 10.30am – 12.30pm for £8pp (including guided activities and refreshments). Booking essential. There will also be a free art exhibition in the centre from Friday 14th – Sunday 23rd April, by botanical artist and illustrator, Christina Hart Davies from 11am – 4pm. Displaying her lavishly illustrated botanical watercolours, taken from her book, A Wild Plant Year. To book and for for more information visit www.kingcombe.org or phone 01300 320684.
For all DWT events, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
All events require children to be accompanied by an adult.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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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