This Summer Dorset Wildlife Trust is inviting you to a spectacular glass-bottomed kayak safari at one of Dorset’s most beautiful wildlife hotspots, Kimmeridge Bay. Summer is the perfect time to view the magnificent marine wildlife around Dorset’s coast, and what better way to explore this watery world than by bobbing along on the tide, without disturbing the nature around you.
Local waters teem with a dazzling array of species
As the water warms in the summer sun, it is not only pleasant for humans venturing into the sea it is also great for the animals that live there. Seaweeds and plankton burst into action fuelling an explosion of life around them. Local waters teem with a dazzling array of species, emerging from their winter hidey-holes or travelling into the shallows to breed and feed. Dorset Wildlife Trust launched the Kimmeridge Kayak Safaris last year, providing a unique experience for anyone wanting to explore the bay. The safari takes you on a journey across five different habitats within the beautiful bay, including a Japanese seaweed garden, rocky ledges and an anemone garden.
Marc Smith, Marine Warden at Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “Each different area has a unique set of species associated with it, perfectly adapted to their environment. You can see huge ballan wrasse, curious looking tompot blennies, feisty velvet swimming crabs and beautiful seaweeds like the iridescent blue/green magic seaweed. This exciting initiative offers a unique way to observe marine life in the wild using specially designed glass-bottom kayaks and goggle viewers. You can now experience the magic of the underwater world without even getting your hair wet!”
You can now experience the magic of the underwater world without even getting your hair wet!
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kimmeridge Kayak Safaris will run every Tuesday from 29th May to 14th August 2012 at a cost of £25 per person for a guided 2-hour session, including a presentation by a Dorset Wildlife Trust marine specialist and 1 hour on the water. Minimum age 12 years and under 18s must be accompanied by a parent. Suitable for beginners. Wetsuits and safety equipment provided. Booking is essential - phone 01929 481044 or email Kimmeridge@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or click here
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For more information please contact Marc Smith at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01929481044
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For more information please contact Kimmeridge at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01929 481044.
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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.
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Kimmeridge rockpool - Emma Rance
Glass bottom kayaking - Credit Ben Dames at Jurassiccoastin