Half term events to go wild about!
Friday 26th May 2017
This half term Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has some great events for children to get involved with to explore nature on their doorstep. Thursday 1st June will see the start of 30 Days Wild, where we’re asking everyone to sign up and do something wild every day for the 30 days of June.
At the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Tuesday 30th May from 10am – 12.30pm, children (£3) and adults (£5) are invited to the Chesil wildlife photography fun day, with photography expert, and DWT President, Tony Bates, MBE. Take your photos and see them on the big screen back in the centre and get some top tips for the perfect shot. There will also be an art exhibition running at the Centre until 4th June, as part of ‘Open for Art 2017’, displaying art inspired by Dorset’s wildlife and natural spaces. Free to attend, profits go back to DWT.
Over at Lorton Meadows in Weymouth on Wednesday 31st May from 10.30am – 12.30pm, children can have a go at pond dipping and discover the amazing underwater world of diving beetles, newts and nymphs. On Friday 2nd June from 10.30am-12.30pm, search for butterflies in our wildflower meadows. Both events have games and crafts, £2.50 each, booking essential on 01305 816546 and children must be accompanied.
On Wednesday 31st May from 11am - 3pm DWT is calling on dolphin-lovers to help us survey for dolphins, seabirds and other marine life from the cliff top at Kimmeridge*. Learn about our resident bottlenose dolphins and find out how they feed and communicate. Art and crafts in the Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge. For more information phone 01929 481044.
In the East of Dorset visit the DWT nature reserve on Brownsea Island where children can enjoy a quiz trail and arts and crafts at the Villa Wildlife Centre. On 29th May and 1st-4th June at 2pm, there will be a Brownsea bushcrafts for kids event, with camp songs, games and den building. No unaccompanied children. Phone Chloe Nicholson on 01202 709445 for more information. Visit our Brownsea webpage for more information.
30 Days Wild, become a Wild Child!
In east Dorset, as part of 30 Days Wild, join the Wild Child Party on Saturday 3rd June from 10am -12pm for a fun packed outdoor adventure for the whole family. Aimed to inspire you with wild things to do our your doorstep and beyond, and perfect for ideas of things to do during 30 Days Wild in June. Suitable for ages 4-11, £5 per child. Children must be accompanied, book on 01202 692033.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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 26,500 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 Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
Sites include land at Hampreston and High Mead Lane, Award Road, Ferndown Common, Delph Wood, Arrowsmith Copse, Dunyeats Hill, Corfe Lodge Road, Upton Heath, Beacon Hill, Cottage Farm (Happy Bottom), Ashington Paddock, Barrow Hill, Wimborne Road, Rushcombe Bottom, Parley Common, Tricketts Cross, Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay.
The full Great Heath Living Landscape project will cost will be £4.7 million, we have already secured £2 million and have been awarded £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and need to raise further funds by public appeal.
The Great Heath Living Landscape is a partnership project involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Partners also include Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Natural England.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Made possible through the national lottery players, using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. 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 36,000 projects with £6bn across the UK. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.
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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