Above) Madeleine Tristan at Chesil © Stuart Morris (Below) Chesil Beach © Tony Bates & Stuart Morris © DWT
Local author and expert storyteller, Stuart Morris, will be spending an evening at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, talking about some of the most dangerous and damaging storms mother-nature has thrown at Chesil beach and Portland since the 18th Century.
Learn about shipwrecks at Chesil Beach
During the evening, Stuart will use pictures to explain some of nature’s most natural processes such as the notorious ‘Portland Bill race’ and tides to describe how the people of Portland have been affected by flooding and storms over the years. He will also talk about some of the numerous shipwrecks that have occurred on these shores, including how they got there!
Stuart lives on Portland and has written several books about the local area and its history, which have been published by Dorset publishing house, The Dovecote Press.
Stuart said: “After being approached by the publishing company and asked to write several books, I have spent many hours researching the history of Weymouth and Portland. I enjoy sharing my work with others, and there is no better place to talk about the Chesil coast and Portland than at the Chesil Beach Centre! It’s nice to put a different dimension on my books by using pictures and commentary.”
Book signing by local author
The Chesil Beach Centre shop stocks a selection of Stuart’s popular books, which Stuart will be signing as a keep-sake for the evening.
Marc Smith, Officer at the Chesil Beach Centre said: “We are pleased to be hosting this evening with such an interesting local author it’s a rare opportunity for local residents to come and learn about the history and events which have happened around Chesil Beach from a real expert on the subject. Chesil Beach has international importance as a world heritage site, and at the centre of the Jurassic Coast, it has some amazing stories. We are looking forward to hearing Stuart tell them!”
The evening starts at 7.30 on Wednesday 14th August and the entrance fee is £2 per person. For more information about this event and the Chesil Beach Centre, please click here or phone: 01305 206191.
Notes to Editor
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is a partnership between Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Dorset Wildlife Trust. The Centre is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Fine Family Foundation, Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve, Jurassic Coast Team and Trust, Crown Estate, Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, Dorset County Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Chalk and Cheese and an army of volunteers from the local community.
The Centre is open from 10am to 4pm every day. For more information, ring 01305 206191 or click here.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
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.