Let your child go wild in Dorset this summer!
Wednesday 26th July 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is giving children in Dorset an opportunity to be wild this summer, with a host of wildlife themed activities and events in its visitor Centres and nature reserves across the county.
Over at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, discover the ‘Peculiar Plankton of the Fleet’ on Saturday 5th August from 1-2.30pm, where some of the smallest creatures in the sea are some of the strangest! Join us to hunt for these peculiar beasts and use our microscopes to view these creatures and turn them into giants on our big TV screens. Children £2. No booking required.
At the Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre and nature reserve on Friday 18th August from 10.30-12.30 join DWT’s community conservation officer to learn about the Dazzling Dragonflies at Lorton, make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork and play games. Children £3, booking is essential on 01305 816546. Why not make a day of it and bring along a picnic?
On Tuesday 22nd August from 10am- 12pm children can go wild for bees at the Happy Bottom nature reserve near Corfe Mullen with bee-themed activities and a bumble around the meadow to see which bees are visiting! £3 per child. Meet at the entrance to the Happy Bottom nature reserve, Higher Merley Lane, (map ref SY995979). Phone 01202 692033 for more info.
Join us at Kimmeridge Bay, one of the best rockpooling sites in Dorset, for a Guided Rockpool Ramble on Thursday 24th August from 2.30pm – 4pm. Learn about the amazing lives of marine wildlife whilst we follow the seashore code to avoid causing any harm to wildlife. £3 per adult, £2 per child. Weather dependant. Phone 01929 481044 for more information.
At the Kingcombe Centre in west Dorset, children can take part in the Artsreach PaddleBoat theatre workshop on Thursday 24th August from 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Learn puppetry skills, and learn to use your body and voice to tell your own campfire stories. Suitable for ages 6-9 years, £3 per child. Followed by an outdoor performance. Book at www.kingcombe.org/family-events.
For a real wildlife adventure this summer, visit the DWT nature reserve on Brownsea Island from 22nd July – 3rd September, for a series of daily events where families can enjoy discovering Brownsea’s wildlife, take part in self-led trails and fun activities at the Villa Wildlife Centre. Phone Chloe on 01202 709445 for more information.
Find out about all our events:
For all DWT events this summer visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events to find out more! Or you could simply spend some time on one of our 44 nature reserves or 5 visitor Centre’s. Visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves to find your nearest one.
Share your wild summer with us!
Share your wild adventures with us on facebook/DorsetWildlife and Twitter @DorsetWildlife.
Notes to Editor
All children must be accompanied by an adult at Dorset Wildlife Trust events and activities.
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 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Marine Centre 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 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)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.
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