It’s time to wake up for a wild Easter with Dorset Wildlife Trust, from wild Easter activities to sending a wild Easter gift. If a chocolate egg is not for you, Dorset Wildlife Trust is suggesting an alternative springtime gift of a dormouse adoption for friends and family this year. The holidays are also taken care of, with a packed programme of wildlife activities and Easter fun for the whole family at Lorton Meadows nature reserve.
Nesting barn owls and tawny owls on screen in the Conservation Centre.
Easter Monday’s Wild about Easter Egg Hunt and Family Open Day on 9th April from 11am to 4pm will be a chance to discover the wildlife (and hidden Easter eggs) of Lorton Meadows. There will also be plenty of chances to win prizes, with the Easter Raffle, colouring competition, quizzes and games, plus face-painting, art activities and pond dipping. If you feel a bit peckish after the Easter Egg Hunt, you could enjoy a freshly cooked Jalopy Pizza in the picnic area or relax with tea and cake while watching the nesting barn owls and tawny owls on screen in the Conservation Centre.
Easter Week continues with three of the ever-popular Caterpillar Kids events for kids of all ages and their families, offering a chance to take a closer look at the wonders of nature from 10.30 to 12.30 on each of the days:
Wednesday 11th April - Tiny Tadpoles, exploring the underwater world of Lorton’s ponds and discovering the life-cycle of frogs, newts and toads.
Thursday 12th April Spring Trees, discovering the new leaves of spring unfurling around the reserve and finding out which wildlife depends on them.
Friday 13th April Mini-beasties in the Woods, discovering minibeasts in their woodland homes under logs and leaves.
the perfect time to explore the reserve and join in our Easter events
Samantha Dallimore, Community Conservation Officer at Lorton Meadows, said: “This really is a fantastic time of year at Lorton Meadows, when nature re-awakens and springs in to life the perfect time to explore the reserve and join in our Easter events, especially the Easter Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day packed with fun activities for all ages.”
All Easter events are at Lorton Meadows nature reserve, Upwey DT3 5QH as part of the Wild about Weymouth and Portland project. The Wild about Easter Family Day is free, £1 for the Easter Egg Hunt and other activities from 50p to £1 each. Caterpillar Kids events are £2 per child and must be booked in advance on 01305 816546.
You can adopt a dormouse for £15 for a year, helping to support habitat management and important monitoring work to protect them. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/adoptadormouse .
Wild About Weymouth and Portland is a partnership project funded chiefly by a £380,000 grant from Access to Nature, a scheme run by Natural England and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
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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.
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