(Above) Competition winners on Bournemouth Beach 2013 (below) 2nd place on Bournemouth Beach 2013 hammerhead shark (below) 3rd place on Bournemouth beach 2013 Baskin Shark all © Marc Smith
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is holding a sand sculpture competition on Weymouth Beach and is inviting families to create life size marine giants from sand.
The event, which will take place on Sunday 21st September from 11am 3pm, will give budding sand sculptors a chance to learn about our marine giants, whilst getting advice and expertise from the famous local sand sculptor and competition judge, Mark Anderson, from Sandworld in Weymouth.
A chance to appreciate just how big our marine giants are!
Melissa Spiers from the DWT Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, said: “We are very lucky to have such magnificent and gigantic wildlife here in British waters. Many people may have seen Barrel Jellyfish this summer, and in the last few weeks, dolphins have been spotted along Dorset’s coast. This is a chance to appreciate just how big our sharks, dolphins, jellyfish and whales really are, learn about them and get creative outdoors.”
Find out about the biggest animals in the world...
Families taking part in the competition will have marine experts on hand to tell them all about the Blue whale - the biggest animal in the world, why marine giants can get so big, and the basking shark, which is the second largest shark in the world, growing up to 10 metres in length!
Prizes include family passes to Sandworld
Prizes up for grabs include two family passes to Sandworld, a snorkel set from 109 Watersports, and a limited edition interactive DVD of British Sea life from Underwater Explorers.
Find out more and come along!
Teams can enter for £3, and meet DWT staff at 11am by the Clock on the esplanade in Weymouth on Sunday 21st September, weather permitting. Prizes will be awarded at 3pm. Please bring your own bucket and spade.
For more information please call The Chesil Beach Centre on 01305 206191 or see our events page.
Notes to Editor
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.
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.
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