Weymouth goes wild at Chesil Beach
Thursday 23rd July 2015
(Above) The Chesil Centre © Vicky Ashby (Below) Children spotting wildlife in the Fleet Lagoon © Vicky Ashby
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Big Wild Chesil event will be returning to the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Sunday 2nd August, 10am to 5pm, with its biggest line-up of events and activities to date.
Throughout the day, visitors and families will be invited to enjoy various events, from exploring the wonders of the Fleet Lagoon on our low-tide walk, to relaxing with a drink and bite to eat whilst listening to a sea shanty played by Dorset Wrecks.
Take part in The Big Butterfly count
There will be hands-on wildlife surveying experience for adults and children with a Pink Sea fan survey, an Eggcase Hunt and an opportunity to take part in The Big Butterfly count. If you really want to get close to nature, find out more about binoculars with experts from Optricon. Local illustrator and author, Nicola Dennis will also be reading the new Bizzy the Blenny children’s book, and there will be crafty activities for kids to take part in.
Tasty food for all and a boat trip
The popular Taste* café will have a barbeque full of summer treats on offer from 11.30am 4pm. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to book yourself aboard the Fleet explorer boat for a brilliant trip on the lagoon finding out more about the wildlife and local history.
"There is something for everyone"
DWT’s Chesil Centre Assistant, Vicky Ashby said, “We look forward to welcoming everyone to this wildlife celebration! The event has a festival atmosphere and attracts over a thousand people every year. There is something for everyone from wildlife wanders to local performances”.
The Chesil Centre was recently host to BBC Breakfast in Dorset, where they celebrated their 2 year anniversary by broadcasting live from the centre and Chesil beach. There is a wealth of information boards for visitors to enjoy, and you can view the hidden world beneath the waves with the underwater camera. The shop also has some great gifts and goodies, where 100% of the profits go back into wildlife conservation in Dorset.
For more information please call the Chesil Beach Centre on 01305 206191 or find out more here.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Marc Smith on 01305 206191 or Sally Welbourn on 01305 264620.
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.
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 Centre is open from 10am to 4pm every day. For more information, ring 01305 206191 or visit dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesilcentre. Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
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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.
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