Dorset Wildlife Trust is opening up the skies on 26th January, to gaze upon the wonders of the universe in association with BBC Two’s Stargazing LIVE programme, which will be coming back to our screens this January. Starry-eyed novices, cosmic experts and all in-between are welcomed to this spectacular event hosted at Holton Lee to spot satellites, planets and constellations, as well as a moonlit walk on the wild side.
Wildlife and the night sky go hand in hand
Nikki Hesketh-Roberts, Urban Wildlife Centre Assistant at Dorset Wildlife Trust said “Wildlife and the night sky go hand in hand. Think of all the creatures that only come out after dusk and you have the perfect excuse to do a bit of star gazing while bat-watching or listening for owls. The sky at night can be one of the most beautiful and inspirational things to witness, and to gain knowledge of the stars even if that is learning a few easy to spot constellations, is something that everyone should have the chance to do. We want to open the sky up to people’s eyes, and to be able to do this in association with the BBC is fantastic.”
the haunting hoot of a tawny owl away from the amber glow
As well as gazing at the stars, a moonlit walk around Holton Lee will open your eyes to wildlife at night, with the possibilities of seeing majestic sika deer and hearing the haunting hoot of a tawny owl away from the amber glow of any towns. No experience is needed as astronomers and wildlife experts will be on hand and Stargazing LIVE Star and Moon guides full of top tips on looking up will be available at the event. Even if the clouds are covering the sky activities for all of the family will still be happening throughout the evening, such as getting hands on with the Solar System, building a rocket or learning how to photograph the night sky.
How can I get involved?
This amazing family event brought to you by Dorset Wildlife Trust in association with BBC Two’s Stargazing LIVE programme takes place on January 26th 6.30pm until 8.30pm at The Gallery, Holton Lee, BH16 6JN. The event is free for children, but £3 for adults. Booking is essential. Please wear warm clothes, suitable footwear and bring a torch or binoculars if you own them. Refreshments will also be provided. For more information or to book a place, please contact Nikki Hesketh-Roberts on 01202 692033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
About The Wildlife Trusts The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) wildlifetrusts.org. There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK. All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. We have more than 800,000 members including 150,000 members of our junior branch Wildlife Watch. Our vision is to create A Living Landscape and secure Living Seas. We manage around 2,300 nature reserves and every year we advise thousands of landowners and organisations on how to manage their land for wildlife. We also run marine conservation projects around the UK, collecting vital data on the state of our seas and celebrating our amazing marine wildlife. Every year we work with thousands of schools and our nature reserves and visitor centres receive millions of visitors. Each Wildlife Trust is working within its local communities to inspire people about the future of their area: their own Living Landscapes and Living Seas.
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