(Above) Calendar front © DWT/Colin Varndell
(Below) Christmas cards: ‘Kingfisher’ © Sam Stewart & ‘Thrush’ © Martin Baldwin,
Calendar: 'Foxes playing' & 'Black Down View East' © Colin Varndell
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has teamed-up with local wildlife photographers to produce stunning images for DWT’s 2013 Christmas card collection, and 2014 calendar.
Dorset wildlife "stars" of our Christmas cards
The new DWT Christmas card collection features a thrush feeding on berries by wildlife enthusiast, Martin Baldwin, a snowy scene of Milton Abbey and Black Hill by DWT Trustees Les Bunce and Tony Bates, and an original photograph of a Kingfisher by BBC camera assistant and local photographer, Sam Stewart.
Sam has worked on many wildlife-filming projects, including BBC Springwatch and is a camera assistant for wildlife cameraman and broadcaster, Simon King, OBE. Sam said, “I love exploring the countryside in Dorset and every now and then I find a spot I love to work on time and time again. This colourful jewel was taken just near Blandford. I had wanted to get this image for ages and spent a long time working towards it. The kingfisher, although relatively common in Dorset, can be a hard bird to spot, never mind photograph!”
How to order:
Christmas cards come in packs of 10 and cost £4.00 per pack plus 50p p&p. All the profits will help to support the work of Dorset Wildlife Trust. To order by phone please ring 01305 264620.
You can also buy them from DWT Brooklands Farm, Forston near Dorchester DT2 7AA or the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, A354 Portland Road, Weymouth DT4 9XE.
Celebrity "Dorset Favourites" 2014 Calendar
In addition to a wonderful collection of Christmas cards, Dorset Wildlife Trust has also asked a selection of well-known Dorset celebrities to tell us about the places and wildlife in Dorset they love and cherish. Local Oscar-winning writer, Lord Julian Fellowes, selected the wildlife around the three rivers the Frome, the Mead and one of the Winterbournes as his favourite place in Dorset. He said, “The trio of rivers boasts really wonderful wildlife. We have deer and foxes and herons and egrets and badgers and owls and kingfishers with their piercing pipe.”
The stunning photographs for the 2014 calendar were taken by long standing member and supporter of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, Colin Varndell, who has won a few awards himself, including the Wildlife photographer of the year competition. Colin said, “I never fail to be inspired by Dorset’s wildlife and wild places. I can seldom travel out of the county, as there is so much to photograph and enjoy in Dorset. Dorset Wildlife Trust is very dear to me, and I am keen to support the Trust with my photography.”
How to order:
The calendar costs £7 including p&p. All the profits will help to support the work of Dorset Wildlife Trust.
You can also buy the calendar from DWT Brooklands Farm, Forston near Dorchester DT2 7AA or the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, A354 Portland Road, Weymouth DT4 9XE.
Give the Gift of Nature to a loved one this Christmas
To give the gift of nature to a loved one this Christmas, gift membership of DWT is the perfect way to support wildlife in Dorset for a truly unique Christmas present. Membership is our only reliable source of income and this year, we have an exclusive offer, starting from just £32. All gift membership recipients receive our special welcome pack, including a free 2014 calendar, latest DWT magazine, events guide, reserve guide and car sticker.
How to order:
Gift membership can be ordered by phoning our membership administrator, Debra Keen on 01305 01305 264620.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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.