Photos by Marc Smith (above) and Megan Lowe (below)
Dorset Wildlife Trust is pleased to host the popular Wild About Chesil event at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Sunday 28th July from 10am-5pm.
We have lots of entertainment, including Morris dancers, a live band, and activities to discover the fascinating world of bugs, reptiles, crabs and anemones found in the area. The BBC Summer of Wildlife tour will also be coming along, with activities for kids to get stuck into.
This is also an opportunity for Dorset Wildlife Trust to show-off all the fantastic features of the centre, including the delicious taste* café, new interpretation and information boards and shop, filled with books, gifts and wildlife keep-sakes. We also have an under-water lagoon camera to discover what’s happening beneath the waves!
From bugs to burgers
We want everyone to go wild at Chesil with fun-filled hands-on activities for all the family, whether it’s netting some critters in the bug hunt, or creating a canvas with wildlife chalk stencils. We will also have a barbeque throughout the day, serving up our delicious traditional Kingcombe Meadows Farm-sourced beef and lamb burgers.
Megan Lowe, Event Organiser for Wild About Chesil, said “There will be something here for all the family, with fantastic food and a great atmosphere. What better way for people to discover and interact with the wildlife on their doorstep!”
Marc Smith, Chesil Centre Officer said: “We are so pleased with the new centre, which has been a developing for almost a year now. We are very excited to share it with locals and people from further afield. There are some great new attractions such as exhibitions, new interpretations and of course the taste* café, which make an excellent locally sourced crab sandwich!”
Out and about
Experts from Dorset Wildlife Trust will be on hand to discuss the wildlife in the area and lead guided walks along beautiful local tracks and trails. There will also be a chance to find out more information from the about local birds, including the Little Tern. Get involved in arts and crafts to make your own lollipop stick creatures and learn how to make your garden a haven for butterflies in the Munching Caterpillars activity.
For more information about Wild About Chesil, please contact Megan Lowe on 01305 20619, or visit our events section here.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is a partnership between Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Dorset Wildlife Trust. The Centre is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Fine Family Foundation, Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve, Jurassic Coast Team and Trust, Crown Estate, Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, Dorset County Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Chalk and Cheese and an army of volunteers from the local community.
The Centre is open from 10am to 5pm very day. For more information about the centre, visit The Chesil Centre Website here.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
Notes to Editor
1. Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre © Marc Smith
2. Chesil Centre © Megan Lowe
For more information please contact Marc Smith or Emily Brown at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 206191.
Dorset Wildlife Trust
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
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.
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The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust.
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 26,000 projects, allocating over £4 billion across the UK. This includes over £411 million to more than 2,600 projects across the South West. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.