National Marine Weeks start on 28th July and Dorset Wildlife Trust is celebrating with sea life themed shenanigans for all the family to enjoy. With an event nearly every day of the week these marine mad activities include eco-friendly crabbing, rockpool rambles and kayak safaris, and are a great way to start the summer holidays with the family come rain or shine.
National Marine Weeks run from the 28th of July to 12th of August
Organised by The Wildlife Trusts, National Marine Weeks run from the 28th of July to 12th of August, and celebrate the UK's spectacular marine life such as basking sharks, dolphins, seahorses and starfish. Dorset is home to some of the UK's most famous marine environments from popular sandy beaches to the spectacular Jurassic coastline with its secluded bays and awesome tidal races and it has remarkable marine life to match.
Julie Hatcher, Marine Awareness Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “In Dorset we are proud to have some of the best marine wildlife sites in the country, including Studland Bay with its enigmatic seahorses, the wonderfully rich seabed reefs of Lyme Bay and Kimmeridge, the top site for rockpooling. Marine Week is an ideal opportunity to introduce families to the best we have to offer.”
Events will be held in the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, Kimmeridge Bay. Why not join a Kayak Safari using special clear-bottomed kayaks to spy sea life beneath the waves, or learn how to crab the eco-friendly way? The Dorset Wildlife Trust Marine Wardens will also be showing families what to look for in the rockpools and using nets, traps and microscopes to discover the marine minibeasts that inhabit our shorelines.
Eco friendly crabbing and Marine Arty Crafty sessions take place on 1st and 8th August.
Rock pool rambles will be held on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th August.
Kayak safaris are on Tuesday 7th and 14th August for ages 12 and above, with a maximum of 6 people per session.
The Marine Mini Beasts hunt is on Thursday 9th August
Find out more
Details, times and costs of all events celebrating National Marine Weeks are viewable online at dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events To book a Kayak Safari or for more information, contact the Marine Wardens at Kimmeridge@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01929 481044.
For more information please contact Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01929 481044 or 01305 264620.
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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.