DWT offers new scheme to inspire the next generation of conservationists
Monday 27th February 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is launching its new Wild Start programme – an exciting opportunity for young people, aged 14-25 to actively get involved with wildlife conservation in the Weymouth and Portland area.
The aim of the project is to give young people the chance to learn about local wildlife, and give them a taste of what it’s like working in conservation. DWT hopes this programme will help young people build their career in conservation, enable them to continue into higher education, or simply develop a greater appreciation for wildlife or get involved with local volunteering.
Take part in surveys & contribute to scientific understanding of Dorset's wildlife
The new recruits will take part in local and national wildlife surveys such as shark eggcases, butterflies, wildflowers and ponds, directly contributing to the scientific understanding of wildlife in Dorset. They will also contribute to the practical management of important habitats on nature reserves. The hours could also go towards the Duke of Edinburgh award or John Muir Award.
Gain some new skills and help wildlife
DWT’s Chesil Centre Officer, Marc Smith, said, “Weymouth and Portland has some of the most stunning and important coastline and countryside in the UK for wildlife. This is not only a great opportunity for young people to get onto the conservation ladder and spend some time outdoors, but to also make a meaningful difference to the wildlife in the area. Whilst helping wildlife, young people will pick up skills in team work and communication whilst gaining some extra confidence, and perhaps new friends along the way.”
DWT runs the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, and has nature reserves in the area, including Tout and King Barrow Quarries on Portland.
How to get involved:
The first ‘get together’ is on Saturday 18th March, from 10am – 2.30pm which is a free introductory session talking about the awards and programme, followed by some tips on taking great wildlife photos on your phone. All sessions after this will be £5. Booking is essential to enrol on the programme, phone 01305 206191 or email . Visit DWT's events page to see the other Wild Start events lined up for the rest of the year, and search under Weymouth and Portland.
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.
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