Show some love for wildlife this Valentine's Day
Thursday 8th February 2018
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is encouraging everyone to spend this Valentine’s Day doing something for wildlife in Dorset, by taking part in one of our wild half term events or adopting a red squirrel for a loved one.
Adopt a red squirrel
For a truly unique Valentine’s Day gift, a wildlife adoption is ideal for a wildlife lover who wants to make a difference to wildlife in Dorset. The red squirrel adoption kit costs £20 and includes a certificate, red squirrel photograph, pin badge, facts about red squirrels, an update from our Brownsea Nature Reserve warden, and a soft toy. This one-year adoption will help support the conservation work we carry out to protect red squirrels on Brownsea Island by managing their woodland habitat, which provides homes to over 200 of these stunning creatures. Click here to adopt a red squirrel today!
Events at the Chesil Centre & Lorton
At the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Monday 12th February from 11am-12.30pm take part in the stormy sea-shore scavenge and walk along Chesil Beach, hunting the strandline for wildlife treasure blown in with the Atlantic storms. On Wednesday 14th February from 11am – 3pm, show your love for wildlife, with the ‘I love Wildlife’ event, inviting children to make gifts for the animals in your garden. On Saturday 17th February from 11am – 12.30pm, join ‘The Chesil Challenge’, with a treasure trail inside and outside the Centre looking for clues to solve puzzles.
On Thursday 15th February from 10.30am – 12.30pm at the Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth, explore the Withy Woods looking for ‘Beasts, Bugs and Slugs’ and make your own beetle to take home. On Friday 16th February from 10.30am - 12.30pm, discover the creatures of the wild Withy Woods and make boggarts for the trees and wood elf puppets to take home. Both events £3 per child. Please book on 01305 816546.
Events at Upton Country Park & north Dorset
Over in east Dorset enjoy bee themed crafts and activities at Upton Country Park on Saturday 11th February from 10am – 3pm. If you’re bonkers about bees, join us to make a bee hotel for your garden using natural and recycled materials. All ages welcome. DWT will also be holding Forest School activities at Upton Country Park on Friday 16th February, exploring the woodland through fun games and activities, suitable for 5-11 year olds. Booking essential on 01202 692033.
If you live in north Dorset, join us to make insect homes on Tuesday 13th February from 10am – 3.30pm at The Potting Shed in Shaftesbury (SP7 8JQ). We’ll use recycled materials (bamboo canes and tin cans) to create an eco-friendly place for pollinators to nest in your garden. This is a free event. For more information contact Jack Bedford on 01202 692033.
Find out about all our events
For all of our events, click here.
Notes to Editor
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 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Marine Centre 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. Dorset Wildlife Trust registered charity number: 200222.
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