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Volunteers wanted at Kimmeridge Bay

Wardens talking to visitors on Washing Ledge © Chris Fryatt

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is looking for new volunteers to join a keen group of warden volunteers at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge in Dorset.

DWT is inviting local people who would like to do something valuable for wildlife, and have time to offer on a regular basis to take part.  No expertise is required as all volunteer marine wardens will be provided with free training to equip them with the basic knowledge and skills necessary. 

Training will include topics such as the identification of rock pool animals, wardening, seaweed identification, marine conservation and coastal wildflowers.

Julie Hatcher, Marine Awareness Officer, said: “We have an amazing team of volunteers at Kimmeridge with a wide range of backgrounds and ages. What they all have in common is a passion for wildlife and a desire to help ensure its well-being. We're a friendly and fun bunch of people to work with and are looking forward to welcoming some new faces to the marine centre in the New Year."

Volunteers will work alongside DWT staff and to help enthuse visitors about marine wildlife conservation, take part in surveys and research projects, join organised parties carrying out practical tasks and to spread the conservation message at county wide shows, schools and events taking place on the reserve.

By joining the Marine Wardens, you could learn valuable new skills and help your local wildlife at the same time!

An open session at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre will be held in December, where you can come and meet the staff and volunteers and find out more about what they do. There are a limited number of vacancies so if you think you’re suited to join the hardworking team then contact Julie Hatcher on 01929 481044 or email kimmeridge@dorsetwildlife.co.uk with any queries. For more information visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs

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