Dorset Wildlife Trust has an exciting opportunity for young people to get underwater to help marine wildlife. Volunteers are being recruited to join ‘The K Team’ to regularly survey Kimmeridge Bay for new and known marine species, helping to gain vital information about our changing seas.
Can I learn to snorkle?
People aged between 13 and 25 are being offered the chance to gain an official PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Discover Snorkelling/Skin Diver qualification to improve skills and confidence underwater. Once qualified, the young volunteers will meet on Wednesday evenings during the summer to carry out surveys along the famous Kimmeridge Snorkel Trail.
Marc Smith, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Marine Warden and K Team Co-ordinator, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to get in the water and get involved with marine conservation. The volunteers will be trained to carry out underwater surveys and the data collected will help us better understand our seas. Kimmeridge Bay is one of the best places in the UK to snorkel and the amount of life that can be seen there is breathtaking. People are often surprised at how rich and colourful our local marine life is”.
What would I be able to see?
Some of the things the lucky volunteers are likely to see while they are snorkelling at Kimmeridge are iridescent bright blue magic seaweed, huge spider crabs, large orange and electric blue wrasse and almost luminous green snakelocks anemones, tinged with bright purple tips.
How can I get involved?
The snorkel training course is on Friday 3rd June 2011 at Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre, Wimborne, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Volunteers interested in joining the snorkel team must be aged between 13 - 25 and must complete the course. The cost for each person is £45, to include use of equipment on the day. There are a limited number of spaces available so they will be allocated on a ' first come, first served' basis. For more information on this opportunity contact Marc on 01929 481044
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For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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 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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