Newly refurbished marine centre in Kimmeridge open to the public
Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is pleased to announce the official opening of the newly refurbished Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre in Kimmeridge this bank holiday weekend. The project to upgrade the centre’s facilities is part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio, and was made possible by funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.
The centre, which is next to the shoreline at Kimmeridge and near the iconic Clavell Tower, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Features include a new artificial rock pool, new information panels, an interactive virtual seabed, and a new shop. There is also now more space for engagement activities, from kids’ crafts, to using microscopes to watch marine minibeasts.
Natalie Poulter, Dorset Coastal Connections Project Co-ordinator said “It’s great to see our projects starting to come to fruition, particularly here at Kimmeridge where visitors have such an exciting opportunity to discover more about the ‘Wild Seas’ of Dorset and beyond. The newly finished Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre is a great place to come with all your questions about the Bay and what lives here, and to learn about the work being done to protect it not just for wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts, but for everyone.”
DWT Operations Director Brian Bleese said, “We are very grateful to the Coastal Communities Fund for their generous grant, and the continued support of the Smedmore Estate, which have allowed us to make these improvements to the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, taking marine conservation awareness forwards for the next 20 years. Marine-related topics, such as Marine Conversation Zones and the effects of marine litter on wildlife have been a huge focus both locally and nationally, and we look forward to welcoming people to the Wild Seas Centre for information, activities and events on these subjects. Our aim is to inspire and help educate visitors, so they can take an active role in helping to support local wildlife.”
DWT is also pleased to host its first art exhibition at the centre, in the new exhibition space as part of 2018 Art Weeks, launching on Saturday 26th May. Art displayed and available to buy will be inspired by nature in a variety of mediums.
Events at the centre* during the May half term week include a guided rockpool ramble on Wednesday 30th May from 2pm – 3.30pm, and an eco-crabbing event on Thursday 31st May, teaching adults and children how to catch and handle seashore crabs without harming them. For more information on our events, visit our events page here.
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre is located by the slipway in Kimmeridge Bay, postcode BH20 5PE. Access to the bay is via a private road which there is a £5 toll charge for. For more information about visiting the centre phone 01929 481044 or visit the reserve page here.
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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. Dorset Wildlife Trust registered charity number: 200222.
*Meet at the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, located by the slipway in Kimmeridge Bay. Postcode BH20 5PE. Please be aware that access to Kimmeridge Bay is via a private road for which a toll of £5 per car is charged by Smedmore Estate (charges vary for other types of vehicle). Park in the main car park and follow the footpath to the east side of the bay. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather dependent - phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure.
Dorset Coastal Connections - people and places is a portfolio project connecting and coordinating 18 coastal sites across Dorset, from Christchurch to Lyme Regis. The range of projects connects our urban coastal areas to rural coastal areas & promote and sell the Dorset coast as a whole. It is funded by the Coastal Community Fund as well as partner organisations. This work will be coordinated by the lead partner Dorset Coast Forum (DCF) who are hosted by Dorset County Council (DCC). DCF has a proven track record of project delivery on the Dorset coast. DCC is the accountable body for this project and the lead project delivery partners& funding partners include: Lyme Forward, Bridport CCT, Dorset County Council, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team, Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch Borough Council, Borough of Poole, Purbeck District Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Arts Development Company, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Bridport Town Council, Dorset AONB, Bounce Back Arts. For more information please contact Project Co-ordinator Natalie Poulter at email@example.com, or via (01305) 224323.
Coastal Communities Fund - The Great British Coast has enormous economic potential and this government is determined to see it thrive all year round. That’s why by 2020 the government will have invested over £210million in seaside areas through a dedicated Coastal Communities Fund. Grants of up to £4million are available to projects which help in generating jobs and boosting businesses across our much loved seaside areas. So far, analysis has shown that this has been money well spent with every £1 invested having the potential to create an up to £8 boost to our coastal economies. To find out more visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coastal-communities-fund.
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