DWT invites families to 'go wild' in Dorset this Easter
Thursday 17th March 2016
This Easter, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has some great events to get kids outside and having fun with nature at our visitor Centre’s in Dorset and on DWT nature reserves.
Join the Kingcombe Centre in Toller Porcorum, west Dorset, this Easter for their weekend celebrations, from Friday 25th – Monday 28th March. On Saturday, come to the centre to collect your map for our way marked Easter egg hunt through the reserve; complete the trail and claim your prize! £4 per child, 11am-3pm. Craft activities will be available all weekend in the barn. Visit www.kingcombe.org to book onto Kingcombe kids’ club events running throughout Easter.
In East Dorset join us for a Forest Schools taster session!
In east Dorset, The Great Heath team have an Easter woodland craft day on Friday 1st April. Fun activities, crafts to take home and games will be led by our conservation officers in Delph Woods. £5 per child. On the same woodland theme, join us for a Forest Schools taster session at Upton Country Park on Tuesday 5th April from 10am-12pm. There will be games and crafts using natural materials. £3 per child. Booking is essential for both these events on 01202 692033.
Keep the children entertained outside this Easter!
DWT Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn said, “Our wildlife events are perfect if you already have a wild child, or if you want to do something different to keep your children entertained this Easter. This is a great time of year as spring is in the air and wildlife is starting to wake up. Soon our meadows will be bursting with the first flowers and the first birds singing.”
Lorton Meadows will have an 'eggsplorer' trail...
Over at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth from Friday 25th March – Monday 28th March, the ‘Eggsplorer Trail’ will guide children around the reserve to hunt for clues to identify bird eggs. Return to the Centre to receive an Easter reward! There will also be fun Easter crafts at the Centre all weekend. £2 per child. 10.30am - 4pm.
Get your feet wet at the Chesil Centre
Fun for all the family, the Chesil Beach Centre is running its Seashore Scavengers event on Wednesday 30th April. Take a walk along Chesil Beach, hunting for rare pink sea fans, shark eggcases and other treasures blown in from the Atlantic. Meet at the Chesil Centre from 11am – 12.30pm. £2 per person. Also enjoy Easter treats at the Taste* café, open from 10am daily.
Notes to Editor
Centre information and addresses:
Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre – Halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland on the A354 (DT4 9XE). For more information phone 01305 206191 or visi tthe Chesil Centre website here. Phone 01305 206191.
The Kingcombe Centre - Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0EQ. Visit the website here. 01300 321684.
Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre - Lorton Meadows is on Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. Please phone 01305 816546 for more information. For more information visit the reserves page here for more information.
Urban Wildlife Centre - Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen, Dorset, 01202 692033. Visit the Great Heath website here.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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 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 Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
Sites include land at Hampreston and High Mead Lane, Award Road, Ferndown Common, Delph Wood, Arrowsmith Copse, Dunyeats Hill, Corfe Lodge Road, Upton Heath, Beacon Hill, Cottage Farm (Happy Bottom), Ashington Paddock, Barrow Hill, Wimborne Road, Rushcombe Bottom, Parley Common, Tricketts Cross, Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay.
The full Great Heath Living Landscape project will cost will be £4.7 million, we have already secured £2 million and have been awarded £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and need to raise further funds by public appeal.
The Great Heath Living Landscape is a partnership project involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Partners also include Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Natural England.
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