Wildlife Events in Dorset August 2017

TUES 1          BEAUTIFUL BUTTERLIES (CATERPILLAR KIDS), 10.30 – 12.30, Search for butterflies at Lorton Meadows, how many different ones will you see? Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games, with the Community Conservation Officer. Meet at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, Children £3, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 816546. The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.  Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event. Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort      

WED 2           CLIFF TOP WATCH FOR DOLPHINS & OTHER MARINE ANIMALS, 11am – 3pm. Learn how to spot dolphins and help us watch for them from our cliff top lookout. Kimmeridge.          Join us on the Kimmeridge cliffs where we will be keeping a look out for dolphins and other marine animals. Learn what signs to look for, how to spot and identify them and find out more about the types of whale and dolphin that can be seen in Dorset. There will be skulls and bones from a variety of dolphins and whales to see and handle, along with information about how they feed, where they live, what threats they face and what actions we can take to protect them. You can drop in at any time during the event and stay as little or as long as you like. We will have binoculars available to borrow, but bring your own if you have them. Come to the Fine Foundation Marine Centre for directions (by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE). Beware 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. Free event but donations are welcome. Access to the look out is up very steep and sometimes slippery steps and the cliffs are high with no fence – sturdy shoes are essential. Our look out area is set back from the cliff edge but is not suitable for young children and dogs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather dependent – phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure. You can drop in at any time during the event and stay as little or as long as you like. We will have binoculars available to borrow, but bring your own if you have them.         

 

 

 

WED 2           FLEET EXPLORER ‘PROTECTED SEAS’, 11.15 – 12.15, Join us for a boat trip on the Fleet Explorer to find out about Marine Protected Areas in Dorset.          Explore one of the UK’s finest Marine Protected Areas, find out about the incredible wildlife of the Fleet Lagoon and how important it is to protect our seas.       The boat leaves from the jetty down Ferrymans Way, Wyke Regis, Weymouth Dorset. DT4 9AE. Free Parking. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Limited places. Weather dependent. It is usually colder on the water than on land so wrap up warm.  Adults £6.50, Children £4.50, must be accompanied.       Contact us on 01305 206191. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort

WED 2 – FRI 4         NATURE DRAWING & ILLUSTRATION, 1pm, Explore the drawing and painting techniques of natural history illustration, in the studio and in the field.For more information and to book go to www.kingcombe.org           The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ. Contact 01300 320684. 

THUR 3         TREE-MENDOUS TREES AT LORTON (CATERPILLAR KIDS), 10.30am – 12.30pm. Do you know an Oak from a Hawthorn and which trees provide the most homes and food for animals?           Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games, with the Community Conservation Officer.         Meet at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, Children £3, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 816546 The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.  Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event. Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton.      For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort        

FRI 4              POND LIFE (WILD START), 10am – 2.30pm. Are you 14 to 25? Do you enjoy wildlife and the outdoors? Do you want to help local wildlife conservation? Come along to our monthly events to find out about Dorset’s amazing wildlife and get hands on with a practical task or wildlife survey. The hours can go towards a DofE or John Muir Award or just come along for fun. In this session, learn about the fascinating lives of pond creatures and then help our Conservation Officer with the National PondNet Survey.         BOOKING ESSENTIAL. FREE Registration on the ‘Wild Futures Programme’ required. Contact us on 01305 206191 £5 per session. Meet at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort

SAT 5 – SUN 6        ILLUSTRATING BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS, 10am. Learn how to illustrate butterflies and moths using watercolours and gouache, with Sarah Morrish. For more information and to book go to www.kingcombe.org. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ. Contact 01300 320684.          

 

 

SAT 5             SHARKSTUFF: LIVE!, 11am – 3pm.      The shark experts from local organisation SharkStuff are joining us for a thrilling day for all shark-lovers. SharkStuff: Live! starts with a presentation about sharks, both local and worldwide, and the threats they face from the ocean’s most feared predator, man! This is followed by a rare opportunity to witness a live demonstration dissection of a dead shark for a close-up view of the anatomy of these highly evolved animals, looking at what makes sharks so supremely adapted as marine hunters. You can also take a look at the SharkStuff display with lots of sharky bits and pieces for people to handle and learn about, including the BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video) used to film and research live sharks in Dorset and a shark sculpture by local artist Jacqui Moore of Green woodpecker designs, made from locally collected beach litter. There will also be face-painting and experts on hand to answer your questions. Then it’s out on the shore for a beach clean to remove some of the most deadly types of litter that sharks face in the ocean, and a hunt for the egg cases of sharks and rays which we’ll bring back to the marine centre to identify and record the different species found. If you and your family are fascinated by sharks this is an event not to be missed! While it is suitable for both adults and children, be aware that the dissection will take place live, in the room, with film transmitted to a big screen for viewing. The audience will not take an active part in the dissection.           Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE. Beware 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. Costs for the talk and dissection are £3 per adult, £2 per child and spaces are limited so booking is essential – phone Marine Centre on 01929 481044. The talk starts at 11.00am. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Face-painting costs £2 per child. The beach clean and egg case hunt start from the marine centre at 14.00 and are free to take part with no booking required. The seashore activities involve walking over uneven and sometimes slippery rocks therefore sturdy shoes or wellingtons are essential.    

SAT 5 PECULIAR PLANKTON OF THE FLEET, 1pm – 2.30pm. Learn about the weird & wonderful world of plankton. Some of the smallest creatures in the sea are some of the strangest. Join us to hunt for these peculiar beasts and use our microscopes to view these fascinating creatures & turn them into giants on our big TV screens.Wellies advised. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park Children £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required. Contact us on 01305 206191. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort.

MON 7           SEASHORE SUPERHEROES, 11am – 12.30pm. Become a seashore superhero on Chesil Beach. Love the outdoors? Become a seashore superhero and learn how to protect our local wildlife by completing a series of challenges to become your own masked hero! Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park. Children  £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required.  Contact us on 01305 206191. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort       

 

TUES 8 KNOLL GARDENS WILDLIFE SURVEY, 10am – 3.30pm. Help us with our wildlife survey and learn more about wildlife gardening. Suitable for all ages, beginners and experts alike. Normal Knoll Gardens admission price charged for entry (charge will be divided between DWT and the Knoll Gardens Foundation). No need to book but for more information contact Nicky Hoar on 01202 692033 or email nhoar@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

TUES 8 BUZZY BEES AT LORTON (CATERPILLAR KIDS), 10.30am – 12.30pm. What keeps bees so busy every day and how many different types are there? Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games, with the Community Conservation Officer. Meet at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, Children £3, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 816546 The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event.  Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton.      For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort.

WED 9           GUIDED ROCKPOOL RAMBLE IN KIMMERIDGE BAY, 2.30pm – 4pm.   Celebrate Marine Week! Join a warden as we wander along the beach to discover what fascinating seashore wildlife can be spotted in Kimmeridge Bay, the best rockpooling site in Dorset. Learn about their bizarre lives, from sex-changing sea snails to crafty crabs. We will follow the Seashore Code to avoid causing any harm and find out what we can all do to help marine wildlife. Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE. Beware 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. Costs for the event are £3 per adult, £2 per child. Under 3yrs are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather dependent – phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure. For health & safety reasons we cannot accept late-comers – please arrive on time. This event includes walking over wet, uneven and sometimes slippery rocks therefore sturdy shoes or wellingtons are essential.

THUR 10       FLEET LAGOON SEASHORE SAFARI,           2pm – 3.30pm. Join us at low tide to explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon.Hunt for the marine wildlife which calls our shores their home, as well as looking for the tell-tale tracks and signs of hidden species. Wellies advised. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park. Adults £3 Children £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required. Contact us on 01305 206191. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort

THUR 10       GUIDED ROCKPOOL RAMBLE IN KIMMERIDGE BAY, 2.30pm – 4pm.  Join a warden as we wander along the beach to discover what fascinating seashore wildlife can be spotted in Kimmeridge Bay, the best rockpooling site in Dorset. Learn about their bizarre lives, from sex-changing sea snails to crafty crabs. We will follow the Seashore Code to avoid causing any harm and find out what we can all do to help marine wildlife. Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE. Beware 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. Costs for the event are £3 per adult, £2 per child. Under 3yrs are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather dependent – phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure. For health & safety reasons we cannot accept late-comers – please arrive on time. This event includes walking over wet, uneven and sometimes slippery rocks therefore sturdy shoes or wellingtons are essential.        

FRI 11            PECULIAR POND LIFE (CATERPILLAR KIDS), 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Have a go at pond dipping at Lorton Meadows & discover the amazing underwater world of beetles,newts & nymphs.      Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games, with the Community Conservation Officer. Meet at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, Children £3, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 816546  The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event. Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort 

FRI 11            ECO-CRABBING: HOW TO CATCH AND HENDLE SEASHORE CRABS WITHOUT HARMING THEM, 2.30pm – 4pm. Crabbing the eco-friendly way without harm to wildlife. Family event. All equipment provided. Kimmeridge.  Join us for eco-crabbing on the seashore in Kimmeridge Bay. Find out how to catch seashore crabs without harming them or the other marine life that lives with them, and learn how to look after your catch. Discover the different types of crab to be found at Kimmeridge as well as lots of fun crabby facts. This is a guided event for families. Everything you need is provided and the crab line is yours to take home with you. The event is carried out at the waters’ edge and is not suitable for under 3 year olds.Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE. Beware 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. Costs for the event are £4 per child (accompanying adults free) and include a crab line which is yours to keep. Not suitable for under 3s. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather dependent – phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure. For health & safety reasons we cannot accept late-comers – please arrive on time. This event includes walking over uneven and sometimes slippery rocks therefore sturdy shoes are advised.

FRI 11 – 13    SHIBORI WITH INDIGO WEEKEND WORKSHOP, 11am, Learn the traditional Japanese art of stitch resist dyeing to create your own unique textiles.   For more information and to book go to www.kingcombe.org. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ. Contact 01300 320684. 

SAT 12          BAT WALK LED BY LOCAL BAT EXPERT, CHRIS DIECK, 8.30pm. Bat Walk at Stour Meadows, Blandford Forum. Meet at Stour Meadows car park (near Tesco). Bat detectors will be provided, but please bring a torch and wear suitable footwear/clothing. £3. Booking essential: telephone Roy Davies on 01258 880699 to book. Proceeds to Bat Group. An event by the North Dorset Group. 

SUN 13          WILD ABOUT CHESIL, 10am – 5pm, Join us for Chesil’s BIGGEST wildlife event of the year.  Find out about the fascinating wildlife of Chesil Beach, Portland and what Dorset Wildlife Trust is up to across the rest of the county. Join us for a shark and ray eggcase hunt, low tide walk or butterfly survey. There will be music, dancing, a barbecue and an action packed programme of wildlife activities for the whole family. Wellies advised for low tide wal  Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park. FREE EVENT (donations welcome).  Children must be accompanied. No Booking required.  Contact us on 01305 206191.  For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort        

TUES 15        BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS AT CHESIL, 11am – 12.30pm. Join us for a butterfly beach hunt. Look for surprises in our overnight moth trap.           Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park Adults £3 Children £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required.  Contact us on 01305 206191  For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort      

WED 16         GRASSHOPPERS & CRICKETS AT LORTON (CATERPILLAR KIDS), 10.30am – 12.30pm. Can you tell the difference between a grasshopper and a cricket? Let’s see if we can find some to have a closer look. Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games, with the Community Conservation Officer. Meet at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, Children  £3, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 816546   The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.  Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event.      Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, wildlife gifts & guides available.  For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton.  For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort 

WED 16         ARTY OCEAN ACTIVITIES, 11am – 4pm. Arty Ocean Activities; ocean-themed art and crafts for children to take home. Children only. Kimmeridge. Ocean-themed have-a-go arts and crafts for children where they can choose from a selection of items to make and decorate, letting their creative skills go wild! Examples include marine-themed masks, rockpool creatures or mobiles using beachcombed bits from the seashore and much more besides. This is an indoor event and you can drop in at anytime. Not suitable for under 3s. At the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE. Beware 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.  Costs for the event are £1.50 per item. Not suitable for under 3s. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in at any time and stay for as long or as little as you like. This is an indoor event.

FRI 18            DAZZLING DRAGONFLIES AT LORTON (CATERPILLAR KIDS), 10.30am – 12.30pm. Discover how dragonflies develop from underwater nymphs into foraging flyers travelling over 1km in a day!        Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games, with the Community Conservation Officer.          Meet at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, Children £3, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 816546  The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.   Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event.  Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort

SAT 19          FLEET LAGOON SEAWEED EXPLORER, 11am – 12.30pm. Get slimy with seaweed!  Did you know that you put seaweed in your mouth every day? Learn fascinating facts, how to identify seaweeds and have fun pressing them. Wellies advised.  Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park Children £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required.  Contact us on 01305 206191 For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort       

SAT 19          FLEET EXPLORER ‘SUNDOWN CRUISE’, 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Join us for an evening boat trip on the Fleet Explorer to watch the sun go down.Find out about the fascinating wildlife of the Fleet Lagoon, the famous Chesil Beach and the rich local history. The perfect time of day to relax; and you might even spot the Chesil hares.The boat leaves from the jetty down Ferrymans Way, Wyke Regis, Weymouth Dorset. DT4 9AE. Free Parking. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Limited places. Weather dependent. It is usually colder on the water than on land so wrap up warm. Adults £9 Children £7, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 206191. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort           

SUN 20          WRIGGLY REPTILE NATURE TRAIL, 10.30am – 15.30pm. Pick up a trail guide from the Lorton Meadows Centre. Follow the trail and find the clues. Children £1, must be accompanied. Start at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. Trail approximately 30 – 45 minutes. No need to book, for more details phone 01305 816546. The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event. Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, wildlife gifts & guides available.  For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort 

SUN 20          A MORNING BUTTERFLY WALK ON BOLLARD DOWN, led by Jon Bellamy, 11am – 1pm. A joint event with Dorset Butterfly Conservation. We hope to see good numbers of the second broods of the Adonis Blue and Brown Argus, as well as a variety of other summer butterflies and insects. Meet in the Ulwell lay-by on the Swanage to Studland road (map ref. SZ 021809). Contact Jon Bellamy (01929 450182) Purbeck Group Event.

TUES 22        FLEET LAGOON SEASHORE SAFARI, 1pm – 2.30pm. Join us at low tide to explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon. Hunt for the marine wildlife which calls our shores their home, as well as looking for the tell-tale tracks and signs of hidden species. Wellies advised. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park Adults £3 Children £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required.  Contact us on 01305 206191     For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort  

WED 23         PRECARIOUS POND LIFE (CATERPILLAR KIDS), 10.30am – 12.30pm. Have a go at pond dipping at Lorton Meadows. Discover how difficult it is to survive in a pond full of other hungry creatures – can you discover their disguises? Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games, with the Community Conservation Officer.            Meet at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH.  BOOKING ESSENTIAL,Children  £3, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 816546   The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.   Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event. Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton.  For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort       

WED 23         GUIDED ROCKPOOL RAMBLE IN KIMMERIDGE BAY, 2.30pm – 4pm. A guided rockpool ramble in Kimmeridge Bay to discover wildlife on the seashore. For adults and families.Join a warden as we wander along the beach to discover what fascinating seashore wildlife can be spotted in Kimmeridge Bay, the best rockpooling site in Dorset. Learn about their bizarre lives, from sex-changing sea snails to crafty crabs. We will follow the Seashore Code to avoid causing any harm and find out what we can all do to help marine wildlife. Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE. Beware 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. Costs for the event are £3 per adult, £2 per child. Under 3yrs are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather dependent – phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure. For health & safety reasons we cannot accept late-comers – please arrive on time. This event includes walking over wet, uneven and sometimes slippery rocks therefore sturdy shoes or wellingtons are essential.

THUR 24       FLEET EXPLORER ‘SUNDOWN CRUISE’, 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Join us for an evening boat trip on the Fleet Explorer to watch the sun go down.Find out about the fascinating wildlife of the Fleet Lagoon, the famous Chesil Beach and the rich local history. The perfect time of day to relax; and you might even spot the Chesil hares. The boat leaves from the jetty down Ferrymans Way, Wyke Regis, Weymouth Dorset. DT4 9AE. Free Parking. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Limited places. Weather dependent. It is usually colder on the water than on land so wrap up warm.  Adults £9, Children £7, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 206191. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort

THUR 24       ROCKPOOL RAMBLE IN KIMMERIDGE BAY, 2.30 – 4pm. A guided rockpool ramble in Kimmeridge Bay to discover wildlife on the seashore. For adults and families.        Join a warden as we wander along the beach to discover what fascinating seashore wildlife can be spotted in Kimmeridge Bay, the best rockpooling site in Dorset. Learn about their bizarre lives, from sex-changing sea snails to crafty crabs. We will follow the Seashore Code to avoid causing any harm and find out what we can all do to help marine wildlife. Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE. 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. Costs for the event are £3 per adult, £2 per child. Under 3yrs are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather dependent – phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure. For health & safety reasons we cannot accept late-comers – please arrive on time. This event includes walking over wet, uneven and sometimes slippery rocks therefore sturdy shoes or wellingtons are essential.     

FRI 25            ‘BIZZY THE BLENNY’ SEASHORE DISCOVERY, 1.30pm – 2pm Join the author of ‘Bizzy the Blenny and the Treasure of the Fleet Lagoon’ for a book reading and walk.   Go out onto the shore to discover the hidden world of the Fleet Lagoon, finding the different characters from the book, like Nina the Shore Crab, Emmie the Snakelock Anemone and Polly the Prawn. We might even find Bizzy himself!       Wellies advised. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park  Children  £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required.   Contact us on 01305 206191  For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort.     

SAT 26          LORTON HEDGEROW HABITAT WALK, 2pm – 4pm. Join us for a walk by the hedgerows of Lorton.           Discover the fascinating plants and animals that depend on these important habitats.        BOOKING ESSENTIAL, Contact us on 01305 816546.  £3 adults, £2 Children, must be accompanied. Meet at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event. Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort

SAT 26          ECO-CRABBING; HOW TO CATCH AND HANDLE SEAHORE CRABS WITHOUT HARMING THEM, 2.30pm – 4pm. Learn about crabbing the eco-friendly way without harm to wildlife. Family event. All equipment provided.  Join us for eco-crabbing on the seashore in Kimmeridge Bay. Find out how to catch seashore crabs without harming them or the other marine life that lives with them, and learn how to look after your catch. Discover the different types of crab to be found at Kimmeridge as well as lots of fun crabby facts. This is a guided event for families. Everything you need is provided and the crab line is yours to take home with you. The event is carried out at the waters’ edge and is not suitable for under 3 year olds. Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE. 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. Costs for the event are £4 per child (accompanying adults free) and include a crab line which is yours to keep. Not suitable for under 3s. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather dependent – phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure. For health & safety reasons we cannot accept late-comers – please arrive on time. This event includes walking over uneven and sometimes slippery rocks therefore sturdy shoes or wellingtons are essential. Everything you need for crabbing is provided.         

MON 28         CHESIL SEASHORE SCAVENGERS, 11am – 12.30pm. Walk along Chesil Beach, hunting for rare pink sea fans, shark eggcases and other treasures blown in from the Atlantic.       Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park . Adults £3 Children £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required.  Contact us on 01305 206191. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort

TUES 29        FLEET EXPLORER ‘SUNDOWN CRUISE’, 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Join us for an evening boat trip on the Fleet Explorer to watch the sun go down. Find out about the fascinating wildlife of the Fleet Lagoon, the famous Chesil Beach and the rich local history. The perfect time of day to relax; and you might even spot the Chesil hares.        The boat leaves from the jetty down Ferrymans Way, Wyke Regis, Weymouth Dorset. DT4 9AE. Free Parking. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Limited places. Weather dependent. It is usually colder on the water than on land so wrap up warm. Adults £9, Children £7, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 206191. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort

WED 30         SPECTACULAR SPIDERS AT LORTON (CATERPILLAR KIDS), 10.30am – 12.30pm. Discover about the amazing webs, traps and tricks that spiders use to catch their prey.    Plus make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games, with the Community Conservation Officer.     Meet at Lorton Meadows Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, Children £3, must be accompanied. Contact us on 01305 816546  The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.  Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event. Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, wildlife gifts & guides available.  For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort 

WED 30         DISCOVER THE ALIEN WORLD OF PLANKTON, 11am – 4pm. Join us at Kimmeridge to learn all about the bizarre and fascinating micro-world of plankton. We’ll have displays, lots of fun facts and a quiz to test your knowledge. You can also have a go at making your very own plankton net to see what you can find. Try it out yourself in the bay then examine your catch under our microscope. Parents must accompany children. Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE. 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. Entry to the marine centre and displays is free, but there is a cost of £2 per plankton net made. All children must be accompanied by an adult. You can drop in at any time during the event and stay as little or as long as you like. No booking required. For more information call 01929 481044.        

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