(Above) Children making fat balls for birds by Sally Welbourn (below) Lorton Medows Conservation Centre by Alastair Cook (below) Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre by Sally Welbourn.
This half term, children are invited to come and experience nature up-close at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Lorton Meadows and the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, with fun wildlife events including ‘wildlife detectives’ and ‘I love wildlife’.
In addition to the usual programme of family events at Lorton Meadows reserve, this half term the Community Conservation Officers are introducing a brand new activity for unaccompanied 8 to 11 year olds - ‘Wildlife Detectives’ (£4/child). Young people will be able to use stealth and skill to discover the creatures lurking at Lorton, and become a Wildlife Detective.
Brand new event and a great time to get outdoors
Sam Dallimore, Community Conservation Officer said: “Spring is just starting to make its presence felt on the reserve and it’s a great time of year to get outdoors whatever the weather. We’ll be exploring the reserve, in all its muddy glory, mixing smelly cocktails, (which we won’t be drinking!), and we’ll also be getting creative with natural art and burning off some energy with wildlife games. We’d love to see you if you’re aged 8 to 11 just meet the Lorton Conservation Centre at 10.30am on 20th February and don’t forget your wellies!”
Events for younger children too...
If you have younger children, then the Lorton Caterpillar Kids family events are just the thing (£2/ child, adults free). On Wednesday 19th February, the ‘Mini Nature Reserves’ event will give children the opportunity to explore the woods and meadows, and create a mini nature reserve to take home. On Friday 21st February, Caterpillar Kids ‘Boggarts of the Wild Woods’ will be exploring the woods, making boggarts for the trees and wood elf puppets to take home.
Show wildlife some love!
This valentine’s weekend, on Saturday 15th February, the Chesil Beach Centre will be showing the love for wildlife, by inviting children to take part in activities to create ‘treats’ for wildlife in your garden, and give nature a helping hand. The event will start at 12pm 3pm and includes a wide range of activities such as making fat balls for birds to feed on, creating seed bombs out of egg shells, and activities to encourage butterflies into your garden. Crafts range between 50p and £3.
Get in touch and join in!
If you would like to join an event at Lorton Meadows, please phone 01305 816546 and book a place to avoid disappointment. All half term events start at 10.30am and finish at 12.30pm. Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre is on Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. For more information about the centre and opening times, click here.
For more information about Chesil Beach Centre events and opening times, phone 01305 206191 or click here. The Centre is halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland, postcode DT4 9XE. There is a pay and display car park.
Notes to Editor
EVENT INFORMATION FOR LORTON
- Wednesday 19th February 2014 Mini Nature reserves at Lorton Meadows event, £2/child, family event. 10.30 12.30pm. Explore the woods, meadows and ponds of the nature reserve and then create your own mini version to take home. Plus games and more with the community conservation officer. No unaccompanied children, booking essential.
- Thursday 20th February 2014 Wildlife Detectives at Lorton Meadows. £4/child, 8 to 11 years, 10.30 12.30pm. Use your skills and stealth as a wildlife detective to discovr the creates of Lorton Meadows, mix ‘smelly cocktails’ (not to drink!) and get creative. Plus games and more with the Community Conservation Officers. Booking essential, children must be aged 8-11 years and can be unaccompanied.
- Friday 21st February Boggarts of the wild woods. £2/child, family event. 10.30 12.30pm. Discover the creatures of the wild Withy Woods, make boggarts for the trees and wood elf puppets to take home. Plus games, more with the Community Conservation Officer. No unaccompanied children, booking essential.
EVENT INFORMATION FOR CHESIL
- Saturday 15th February 2014 I Love Wildlife 12pm- 3pm. Come to the Chesil Beach Centre this Valentine’s weekend and make gifts for the wildlife in your garden and show how much you love them! Crafts ranging from 50p-£3
- Thursday 20th February 2014 Crime Scene Investigation: Jurassic Coast. Sessions run at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. FREE event. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre to unravel a dino-sized mystery. Use your best detective skills to search for clues, photograph the crime scene and piece together evidence to solve a Mesozoic murder.
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.