(Above) Walking along coastal path by Tony Bates (below) Walking boots by DWT.
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) most anticipated event of the year, the ‘Walk for Wildife’ is returning on Sunday 12th April, with an additional shorter 2 mile route added to include walkers of every age and ability.
All 3 routes start and finish at the stunning Leeson House, near Swanage, and both the 6 and 13 mile walks take in views from the path which runs alongside the coast line. The new 2 mile walk* is based along well established tracks, including the Priests Way, where walkers can expect to be serenaded by skylarks and yellowhammers.
There's a chance of seeing dolphins, puffins and gannets...
DWT’s Community Conservation Officer, Briony Baxter has organised the event. She said, “Walkers will enjoy the stunning views and the rugged scenery of the Purbeck coastline heading west from Dancing Ledge. There is a good chance of seeing puffins, dolphins and gannets out at sea, whilst along the coastal path you could see peregrine falcons and ravens, as well as newly arrived migrants such as wheatear and swallows. This year we have also organised lots of fun activities for children to take part in, so there is something for everyone to enjoy!”
Help raise some money whilst enjoying the walk!
Whilst taking in the stunning scenery and wildlife along the coast path, Dorset Wildlife Trust is asking those taking part to make it a personal challenge, and raise money for DWT.
Highlight of DWT's year
DWT’s Individual Giving Manager, Fiona Samson said, “Walk for Wildlife is one of the highlights in DWT’s year - it's a great opportunity to not only raise some much needed funds for DWT to continue its conservation work in Dorset, but also to enjoy some time outside, getting fit and making some new memories with family and friends. Set in the heart of the Purbecks, with stunning views along the way, you could do the challenge as a team, with a group of friends, as a school, or as a family.”
Families welcome with activities for kids... book now!
Family entertainment will be provided on the day including face painting, games and performances from the ‘Hand to Mouth’ theatre company. There is also a special wildlife prize for the school with the most pupils entered to walk for wildlife.
To find out more about the event, book your tickets online and find out more about fundraising, visit our webpage or phone 01305 264620.
*Please note none of the walks are suitable for pushchairs.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620 or 07436158325.
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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.