Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Great Heath team is running a free beginners’ bird watching event for National Lottery players on Monday 3rd December at Holes Bay, Poole.
This is one of the hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded projects across the UK, saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.
The idea is simple: any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard, can attend the event, which would usually be £5, for free.
The Great Heath project was launched in April 2014, following a grant of £2.2 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and £2 million raised by partners and the local community. The project partnership then purchased 1500 acres of land in east Dorset, and worked together to ensure excellent access, interpretation and management of almost 100 sites.
Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: “This campaign is a fantastic way for National Lottery projects to give back to the players who support them every week, raising millions of pounds for good causes. There are hundreds of venues hosting events up and down the country, so I encourage everyone to get out there and take advantage of what is on in their area.”
DWT Community Conservation Officer, Nicky Hoar, said, “Without funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund the fantastic successes of The Great Heath Living Landscape project would not have been possible. We are very grateful to them, and the players of the National Lottery, for helping the project partners to purchase land at Holes Bay to protect it for wildlife and people. It is a great place to see birds at this time of year and this event is our way of saying thank you, and hopefully starting a new interest for many people who have never tried birdwatching before.”
Join us on Monday 3rd December from 10am until 12pm to discover the wonders of bird watching with a winter walk in the Holes Bay Nature Park. The event is FREE to National Lottery players. £5 per person for non-ticket holders. Includes festive mince pie! Booking is essential on 01202 692033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.