Nature never stops, so Dorset Wildlife Trust is inviting you to warm up this winter by keeping busy out in the wild, volunteering at Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve. These free events are ongoing through the autumn and winter months, and give you a chance to help nature over the colder period ahead.
Sam Dallimore, Community Conservation Officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust, says; “Autumn and winter are very tempting months to stay indoors and pull the covers over your head, but if you do that you are sure to miss a lot of beautiful sights outdoors. Our volunteering events are a great excuse to get back outside with nature and do a bit of good for the local wildlife around us. It also helps keep off those extra winter pounds!”
The volunteering days are hands-on practical work out in Dorset Wildlife Trust’s stunning reserves, restoring habitats important for local wildlife and learning more about nature as you work. Tools and gloves are provided, and no experience is required to join in. All you need to bring is a packed lunch, outdoor clothes and practical footwear.
Help conserve the natural environment
These volunteering opportunities are made available to everyone by Wild About Weymouth and Portland, a partnership between Dorset Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Dorset Countryside and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund through Natural England’s Access to Nature programme, to encourage people to discover, enjoy and help conserve the borough’s wonderful natural environment.
October’s first volunteering day is on Wednesday 5th from 10am to 3pm at Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. There are further volunteering days at Lorton Meadows 19th October, 2nd,, 16th and 30th November and 7thand 14th December. All events are from10am to 3pm.
Volunteer days at the King Barrow Quarries Reserve on Portland are on Friday 7th October and Wednesday 2nd November, both from 10am to 3pm.
Please contact Samantha Dallimore on 01305 816546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Notes to Editor
1. For more information please contact Samantha Dallimore at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 816546.
Wild About Weymouth and Portland is a partnership project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund through Natural England’s Access to Nature programme, involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Dorset Countryside (DCC) and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. The project aims to improve access in and between important wildlife sites in the borough and encourage local people and visitors to discover, enjoy and help conserve the wonderful natural environment of Weymouth and Portland.
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Additional funding has been provided by Portland Gas Trust and the AONB.
2. Access to Nature is run by Natural England and is part of the The Big Lottery Fund’s
3. Natural England manages this £28.75 million Lottery-funded programme on behalf
Changing Spaces programme launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and
improve their local environments.
of a consortium of twelve national environmental organisations comprising BTCV,
British Waterways, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Greenspace,
Groundwork UK, Land Restoration Trust, The National Trust, Natural England,
RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts and the Woodland Trust.
4. Through this programme, it is Natural England’s ambition to create opportunities
5. Access to Nature closed to applications in May 2010 but for further information
for people from all backgrounds to have greater access to our natural environment
and bring a lasting change to their awareness and understanding as well as
improved links to the natural world, which many of us can take for granted.
about the programme visit www.naturalengland.org.uk/accesstonature
6. The Big Lottery Fund is the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004.For further information about the Big Lottery Fund, its programmes and awards visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre
Photo by Dorset Wildlife Trust
Lorton Meadows Reserve
Photo by Dorset Wildlife Trust