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Wildlife Events in Dorset August 2013

THURS 01    STICK DAY
10.00 am to 12.00 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton.   DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
A morning at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre getting creative as we explore the things you can make or do with a stick!  Trust us, the possibilities are endless.  To get stickified book your place on: 01300 321409.  Kingcombe Kids Club event - suitable  for ages 3-16, booking recommended.  Cost: £ 3.00 per child.   All children must be accompanied by an adult..
For more information phone or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/

THURS 01    KAYAK SAFARI
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.  [SY 909 787].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to experience wildlife like never before with our a 2-hour guided session in clear bottomed kayaks & goggle viewers in Kimmeridge Bay.  £25 per person per session;  three 2hr sessions; max. 6 people per session; 12+ yr-olds only.  Booking essential with payment at the time of booking please  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.
Phone for times.  Meet at The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay.  Call  on 01929 481044  for further information  .

THURS 01    URBAN WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY
10.00 am to 3.00 pm.    Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen,Wimborne. BH21 3RX.  [SY 978 951].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the Urban Wildlife Centre for practical tasks and survey work; there will be something for everyone.  For details contact  Andy Fale on 07970 552673 or the Urban Wildlife Centre on 01202 692033..
No experience necessary, please bring a packed lunch.  Wear suitable clothing & footwear for the weather.  Free of charge.

FRI 02    SNORKEL TRAIL GUIDED TOUR
1pm, 2pm & 3pm.    The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.   [SY 909 787].
Celebrate Marine Week with Dorset Wildlife Trust; let our qualified leader guide you along the snorkel trail at Kimmeridge.  Three 1-hour sessions include ‘what to look out for’, all snorkelling kit & 30 minutes in the water.   Only six people per session; booking essential.  Cost: £15.00 per person;
Phone 01929 481044 to book and for further information.  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.

FRI 02  TO  SUN 04    THE BATS OF THE KINGCOMBE VALLEY
4.00 pm Friday 2nd to 2.00 pm Sunday 4th August.     The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ.   [SY 553 990].
Join tutors Victoria Vincent & Nick Tomlinson at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre and be introduced to the world of British Mammals.  This course includes the ecology & biology of bats, the use of bat detectors, a chance to experience a ‘dawn swarm’ as the bats return to their roost and take part in overnight surveys!  The first of three short courses, book all three for 20% off the normal price.
Course fee: £120.00 ( £ 96.00  non-residential ).  Booking essential.  To book your place either telephone the Centre on 01300 320684, or use the online booking facility on the website www.kingcombe.org.  

SUN 04    POWERSTOCK BUTTERFLIES
10.00 am to 12 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, DT2 0EQ.   [SY 547974].
A Dorset Wildlife Trust  Kingcombe Centre Sunday Stroll on Powerstock Common with Keith Miller.  Powerstock reserve is made up of ancient woodland, damp grassland, sunny glades, a network of open rides and damp flower-filled ditches, all ideal for butterflies.  At this time of year expect to see wood and marbled whites and the impressively large silver-washed fritillary. .
Cost: £6.00 adults, £3.00 children; includes tea and cake back at the centre!
Please call 01300 321409 for more information or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/
Meet at the car park at the entrance to Powerstock Common

SUN 04    CHESIL BEACH CLEAN
2.00 pm  Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to help clean one of Dorset’s most spectacular beaches and help protect local wildlife at the start of National Marine Week.  Children are very welcome, but need to be accompanied by an adult..
Meet at Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road,.Phone 01305 206191for further details.  Free of charge. 

SUN 04    ARTY OCEAN ACTIVITIES
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm.     The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.   [SY 909 787].
Celebrate Marine Week with Dorset Wildlife Trust and ‘have-a go’ marine  art & craft activities for children.  Call in during either of  the 2 sessions & choose what you want to make.  Cost: 50p per item made.  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.
Parents must accompany all children.  Call  the Centre  on 01929 481044  for further information  .

TUES 06    CATCHERS & DIPPERS
10.00 am to 12.00 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton,  DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
Come to the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre & have a go at making your own bug catcher or pond dipping net, then put them to the test at the next bugs & beasties or pond plunging session.  To net your place please call 01300 321409. 
Kingcombe Kids Club event - suitable  for ages 3-16, booking recommended.  Cost: £3.00 per child.   All children must be accompanied by an adult..
For more information phone or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/.

TUES 06    SEASHORE DETECTIVES
12.30 pm to 2.00 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon – you can spy anemones, sea squirts, crabs & much more.  Then search for signs of creatures from the deep along the seashore.
Cost: £3.00 per adult; £2.00 per child. Parents must accompany children. Call the Centre on 01305 206191 for booking and further information

TUES 06    KAYAK SAFARI
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.  [SY 909 787].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to experience wildlife like never before with our a 2-hour guided session in clear bottomed kayaks & goggle viewers in Kimmeridge Bay.  £25 per person per session;  three 2hr sessions; max. 6 people per session; 12+ yr-olds only.  Booking essential with payment at the time of booking please  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.
Phone for times.  Meet at The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay.  Call  on 01929 481044 for further information  .

TUES 06  TO  FRI 09    MANAGING GRAZING ANIMALS FOR CONSERVATION
12.00 noon Tuesday 6th to 2.00 pm Friday 9th August.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton,  DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
Join tutor Bill Grayson at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre and gain an insight into the different ways that grazing livestock and the associated systems of  forage production can be used to deliver a wide range of habitat management objectives.  The course will also provide information on practical aspects such as livestock welfare or the design of grazing regimes in the relevant economic and administrative contexts.  Cost: £325.00 ( £260.00  non-residential ).
To book your place on the course either telephone the Centre on 01300 320684, or use the online booking facility on the website www.kingcombe.org.  

WED 07    CRAFTY CRABS
12.30 pm to 2.30 pm.     The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.   [SY 909 787].
Celebrate Marine Week with Dorset Wildlife Trust: make your own crazy crustaceans before going out on the shore to catch the real thing.  50p per item made. Suitable for ages 6 – 12yrs; parents must accompany all children.  Call  the Centre on 01929 481044 for further information.  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.

WED 07    ECO-FRIENDLY CRABBING
3.00 pm to 4.30 pm.    The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.   [SY 909 787].
Celebrate  Marine Week with Dorset Wildlife Trust: learn how to catch & care for crabs without harm to other rockpool animals.  Cost £3 per person - includes crab kit, bait & equipment.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Call  the Centre on 01929 481044  for further information. 
Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.

WED 07    BOURNEMOUTH NATURALLY DROP IN
2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.    Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3NS. 
A chance to come along & find out more about the Bournemouth Naturally project, get help species ID, or hear about any upcoming events.  Free of charge.  Please see the website for more details of activities: www.bnss.org.uk/bournemouth-naturally.html.

WED 07    PECULIAR PLANKTON
12.00 noon to 3.00 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the Chesil Beach Centre to learn about the world of plankton.  Use our microscopes to view these fascinating  creatures & turn them into giants on our TV screens.  Craft items: 50p per item made.  .
Parents must accompany all children. Call the Centre on 01305 206191 for booking and further information

THURS 08    BUGS & BEASTIES
10.00 am to 12.00 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton,  DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
Spend a morning at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre and delve into the world of creepy crawlies as we spend 2 hours bashing bushes, lifting logs & sweeping meadows in the search for Kingcombe’s finest minibeasts! Be part of the bug fest & book your place on: 01300 321409. Kingcombe Kids Club event - suitable for ages 3-16, booking recommended. Cost: £3.00 per child.  Children must be accompanied by an adult..

For more information phone or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/.

THURS 08    SEASHORE DETECTIVES
1.30 pm to 3.00 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road,, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon – you can spy anemones, sea squirts, crabs & much more.  Then search for signs of creatures from the deep along the seashore.  .
Cost: £3.00 per adult;  £ 2.00 per child.  Parents must accompany children.  Call  the Centre on 01305 206191 for booking and further information

THURS 08    KAYAK SAFARI
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.  [SY 909 787].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to experience wildlife like never before with our a 2-hour guided session in clear bottomed kayaks & goggle viewers in Kimmeridge Bay.  £25 per person per session; three 2hr sessions; max. 6 people per session; 12+ yr-olds only.  Booking essential with payment at the time of booking please.  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.
Phone for times.  Meet at The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay.  Call  on 01929 481044  for further information  .

THURS 08    PASTURES NEW VOLUNTEER TASK
10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Join with the Dorset Wildlife Trust regular volunteering group in West Dorset to help with countryside managements tasks.  No experience necessary, please bring a packed lunch.  Wear suitable clothing & footwear for the weather.  Please contact Nick Gray on 07824 438974 for details.

FRI 09    ROCKPOOL RAMBLE
2.00 pm to 3.30 pm.    WW2 Pill Box, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle.   [SY 907 792].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the best rockpooling site in Dorset to celebrate Marine Week.  Short walk involved.  Wear sensible, sturdy footwear for walking on uneven rocks and boulders.
Cost: £3.00 per adult; £1.50 per child.  Family event, no unaccompanied children please.  Weather dependent.  Call the Marine Centre on 01929 481044  for further information.   Meet at the WW2 Pill Box, Kimmeridge Bay.

FRI 09    CHESIL CHALLENGE
2.00 pm to 3.30 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the Chesil Beach Centre to search for clues & solve puzzles to learn about Chesil Beach & the local marine life.  Cost: £2.00 per child.  Parents must accompany children.  Call  the Centre on 01305 206191 for booking and further information.

SAT 10    DORSET’S MARINE GIANTS
12.00 noon to 4.00 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the Chesil Beach Centre: learn about the whales, sharks & dolphins that we have in Dorset.  You will be surprised & amazed by  the giants that can be found along our coast.  Face painting, touch a shark, marine curios, shark quiz, get up close & personal with a dolphin & much, much more.
Parents must accompany children.  Call  on 01305 206191  for further information.

SAT 10    MARINE MINIBEASTS
2.00 pm to 3.30 pm.    The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF. [SY 909 787].
Celebrate  Marine Week with Dorset Wildlife Trust  and help us collect & identify marine minibeasts using nets & traps, video microscopes & magnifiers.  Cost: £1.50 per child.  Family event.  No unaccompanied children please.  Call The Marine Centre on 01929 481044  for further information  .
Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.

SAT 10  TO  SUN 11    SIZE IS NOT EVERYTHING
4.00 pm Friday 10th to 2.00 pm Sunday 11th August.     The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ.   [SY 553 990].
Join tutors Victoria Vincent & Nick Tomlinson at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre and be introduced to the world of British Mammals.  This course is aimed at beginners and will give you an introduction to the world of mice, voles & shrews, including their ecology, biology and field signs.  The second of three short courses, book all three for 20% off the normal price..
Course fee: £120.00 ( £96.00  non-residential ).  Booking essential.  To book your place either telephone the Centre on 01300 320684, or use the online booking facility on the website www.kingcombe.org.  

SUN 11    HIGH SUMMER AT KINGCOMBE
10.00 am to 12 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, DT2 0EQ.   [SY 547974].
A Dorset Wildlife Trust  Kingcombe Centre Sunday Stroll around Kingcombe with Tony Bates.  Immerse your self in the sights and smells of high summer at Kingcombe.  Expect to find the conspicuous Devil’s bit scabious and the striking ‘eggs & bacon’, bird’s-foot-trefoil, in bloom.  Ringlets, marbled whites and meadow browns on the wing, look out for some the last swifts and swallows before autumn arrives..
Cost: £6.00 adults, £3.00 children; includes tea and cake back at the centre!
Please call 01300 321409 for more information or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/

SUN 11    ROCKPOOL RAMBLE
2.30 pm to 4.00 pm.    WW2 Pill Box, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle.   [SY 907 792].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the best rockpooling site in Dorset to celebrate Marine Week.  Short walk involved.  Wear sensible, sturdy footwear for walking on uneven rocks and boulders.
Cost: £3.00 per adult; £1.50 per child.  Family event, no unaccompanied children please.  Weather dependent.  Call  the Marine Centre on 01929 481044  for further information.  Meet at the WW2 Pill Box, Kimmeridge Bay.

SUN 11    LOW TIDE WALK
2.30 pm. to 4.00 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust for a guided walk along the Fleet Lagoon, to look at the underwater life exposed at low  tide.  See anemones, sea squirts, crabs & much more.  Children are very welcome, but parents must accompany them.  Cost: £3.00 per adult;  £2.00 per child.  Call  on 01305 206191  for further information.  Meet outside the Chesil Beach Centre

SUN 11    BROWNSEA ISLAND VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY
9.30 am to 3.00 pm.    Brownsea Island nature reserve, Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE.   [SZ 028 878].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust's regular volunteering group on Brownsea Island at 9.30am on alternate Sundays throughout the year.  Tasks include pine thinning, opening out the alder carr & rhododendron clearing.  No experience necessary, please bring a packed lunch.  Wear suitable clothing & footwear for the weather.  For details of boat timings etc please contact Richard Proctor on 01202 693039 or 07718 511432.

MON 12  TO  WED 14    THE KINGCOMBE EMBROIDERY GROUP
4.00 pm Monday 12th  to 4.00 pm Wednesday 14th August.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, DT2 0EQ.   [SY 553 990].
Join textile artist Sandra Coleridge to explore the world of embroidery at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre.  For more informatio and to book  contact Sandra Coleridge on 01884 277589 or sandracoleridge@mac.com.  .
For further information about the Kingcombe Centre either telephone the Centre on 01300 320684, or visit the website: www.kingcombe.org.  

MON 12  TO  FRI 16    BAT LICENCE TRAINING COURSE
4.00 pm Monday 12th  to 2.00 pm Friday 16th August.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, DT2 0EQ.   [SY 553 990].
Join tutors Richard Crompton & Sandie Sowler at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre for a pioneering programme of training for experienced ecologists and others seeking to undertake professional bat surveys.   More information and booking at www.battraining.co.uk..
For further information about the Kingcombe Centre either telephone the Centre on 01300 320684, or visit the website: www.kingcombe.org.  

TUES 13    SUMMER SCAVENGER HUNT
10.00 am to 12.00 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, DT2 0EQ.   [SY 553 990].
Summer is here - what has changed on the reserve at Kingcombe? Start at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre and  with a trail guided map, solve the wildlife riddles to collect an item specific to summer.  Collect items & win a Summer prize!  Call 01300 321409 for your chance to be in it to win it!
Kingcombe Kids Club event - suitable for ages 3-16, booking recommended. Cost: £3.00 per child.  All children must be accompanied by an adult..

For more information phone or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/.

TUES 13    BUTTERFLIES ON THE BEACH
11.00 am to 1.00 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to find out about butterflies & moths on Chesil & Hamm beaches.  We will find out about butterfly life cycles, make your own butterflies & see if you can find butterflies on the beach!  Cost: £2.00 per child.  Parents must accompany children.  Call  on 01305 206191  for further information  .

TUES 13    KAYAK SAFARI
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.  [SY 909 787].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to experience wildlife like never before with our a 2-hour guided session in clear bottomed kayaks & goggle viewers in Kimmeridge Bay.  £25 per person per session;  three 2hr sessions; max. 6 people per session; 12+ yr-olds only.  Booking essential with payment at the time of booking please  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.
Phone for times.  Meet at The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay.  Call  on 01929 481044  for further information  .

WED 14    AN EVENING WITH STUART MORRIS
7.30 pm    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the Chesil Centre and learn about storms, shipwrecks & floods around Weymouth & Portland with Stuart Morris,  author of ‘Portland, An Illustrated History’, ‘Portland Camera’, ‘Portland Then and Now’ & other local books.  Cost: £2.00 per person.  Children are very welcome, but need to be accompanied by an adult.  Call the Centre on 01305 206191  for further information. 

THURS 15    POND PLUNGERS
10.00 am to 12.00 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
Acrobatic newts, bottom breathing beetles, ferocious carnivorous larvae will all be encountered on a morning’s dip at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre,  but what about the smaller morsels?  We will be turning the lower end of the food chain into giants as we observe them under a microscope & project them onto the big screen!  For your chance to find out who the true pond stars are book your place phone 01300 321409..
Kingcombe Kids Club event - suitable for ages 3-16, booking recommended. Cost: £3.00 per child.  All children must be accompanied by an adult..

For more information phone or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/.

THURS 15    KAYAK SAFARI
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.  [SY 909 787].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to experience wildlife like never before with our a 2-hour guided session in clear bottomed kayaks & goggle viewers in Kimmeridge Bay.  £25 per person per session;  three 2hr sessions; max. 6 people per session; 12+ yr-olds only.  Booking essential with payment at the time of booking please.  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.
Phone for times.  Meet at The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay.  Call  on 01929 481044  for further information  .

THURS 15    URBAN WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY
10.00 am to 3.00 pm.    Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen, nr Wimborne. BH21 3RX.  [SY 978 951].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the Urban Wildlife Centre for practical tasks and survey work; there will be something for everyone.  For details contact  Andy Fale on 07970 552673 or the Urban Wildlife Centre on 01202 692033..
No experience necessary, please bring a packed lunch.  Wear suitable clothing & footwear for the weather.  Free of charge.

THURS 15    A WALK FROM THROOP MILL LOOKING FOR BATS
7.00 pm.    
A guided walk led by Phil Smith for the Bournemouth & Christchurch Group of DWT.  Non-members welcome.. Meet at 7pm in Throop Mill car park (map ref. SZ111958).  Call Duncan Gee (Chairman) on 01202 520340  for further information

FRI 16    STRANDLINE BAT WALK
8.00 pm to 10.00 pm.    WW2 Pill Box, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle.   [SY 907 792].
Beach strandlines are important for bats.  Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust for this free Welly Zone event: a walk at Kimmeridge Bay to watch bats feeding & find out what they are feeding on.  Short walk involved.  Wear sensible sturdy footwear for walking on uneven rocks and boulders.  Weather dependent.  Please call the Marine Centre if unsure 01929 481044.  Children must be accompanied by an adult Meet at the WW2 Pill Box, Kimmeridge Bay.

SAT 17    BEACH STRANDLINES – AN IMPORTANT WILDLIFE HABITAT
10.30 am to 1.00 pm.    The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.   [SY 907 792].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust for this free Welly Zone Event to learn about strandline wildlife.  See the variety of animals found in a beach strandline  & learn about this important wildlife habitat.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Call the Marine Centre 01929 48104 for further information.

SAT 17    DISCOVER CHESIL
2.30 pm to 4.00 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust for a guided walk along Chesil Beach & the Fleet Lagoon, looking at WW1 rifle ranges & lucky pebbles to specialist plants & birds, & plenty in between.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Cost: £3.00 per adult;  £2.00 per child.  Call  on 01305 206191  for further information.  Meet outside the Chesil Beach Centre.

SAT 17  TO  SUN 18    BADGER QUEST
4.00 pm Friday 17th to 2.00 pm Sunday 18th August.     The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ.   [SY 553 990].
Join tutors Victoria Vincent & Nick Tomlinson at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre and be introduced to the world of British Mammals.  This course  will be an introduction to badgers, their ecology & biology, including field trips to observe tracks & signs and to set up camera traps to find out what badgers and their nocturnal counterparts get up to at night.  The third of three short courses, book all three for 20% off the normal price..
Course fee: £120.00 ( £96.00  non-residential ).  Booking essential.  To book your place either telephone the Centre on 01300 320684, or use the online booking facility on the website www.kingcombe.org.  

SUN 18    A RAMBLE THROUGH THE RUSHES
10.00 am to 12 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, DT2 0EQ.   [SY 547974].
A Dorset Wildlife Trust  Kingcombe Centre Sunday Stroll around Kingcombe with Amber Rosenthal. Kingcombe Meadows are home to a variety of important grassland habitats, with the valley bottoms generally characterised by damp ‘rush’ pastures rich in both flowers and insects.  Discover some of the gems that reside amongst the rushes,  and how we manage the sometimes delicate balance between too much and not enough rush!.
Cost: £6.00 adults, £3.00 children; includes tea and cake back at the centre!
Please call 01300 321409 for more information or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/

SUN 18    NORTH DORSET VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY
10.00 am to 3.00 pm.   
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust for a day of Ragwort pulling & butterfly ID at Fontmell Down.  Please contact DWT Warden, Steve Oliver: 07824 874273 for further information.

TUES 20    CLAY ANIMAL MASKS
10.00 am to 12.00 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton,  DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
Take inspiration from  Dorset Wildlife Trust's Kingcombe nature reserve’s wildlife & make an animal mask, or, if you prefer, model your mask on your special family pet; it’s up to you!  If you fancy getting creative & a bit mucky, book your place on: 01300 321409.
Kingcombe Kids Club event - suitable for ages 3-16, booking recommended. Cost: £3.00 per child.  All children must be accompanied by an adult..

For more information phone or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/.

TUES 20    KAYAK SAFARI
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.  [SY 909 787].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to experience wildlife like never before with our a 2-hour guided session in clear bottomed kayaks & goggle viewers in Kimmeridge Bay.  £25 per person per session;  three 2hr sessions; max. 6 people per session; 12+ yr-olds only.  Booking essential with payment at the time of booking please  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.
Phone for times.  Meet at The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay.  Call  on 01929 481044  for further information  .

THURS 22    MEET A TREE
10.00 am to 12.00 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton,  DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
Set amongst the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Meadows landscape are some very special ancient trees; come & find out just how old they are & what makes them so special.  For a chance to meet an extraordinary tree please call to book your place: 01300 321409.
Kingcombe Kids Club event - suitable for ages 3-16, booking recommended. Cost: £3.00 per child.  All children must be accompanied by an adult..

For more information phone or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/.

THURS 22    KAYAK SAFARI
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.  [SY 909 787].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to experience wildlife like never before with our a 2-hour guided session in clear bottomed kayaks & goggle viewers in Kimmeridge Bay.  £25 per person per session;  three 2hr sessions; max. 6 people per session; 12+ yr-olds only.  Booking essential with payment at the time of booking please  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.
Phone for times.  Meet at The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay.  Call  on 01929 481044  for further information  .

THURS 22    PASTURES NEW VOLUNTEER TASK
10.00 am to 3.00 pm.    
Join with the Dorset Wildlife Trust regular volunteering group in West Dorset to help with countryside managements tasks.  Please contact Nick Gray on 07824 438974 for details.
No experience necessary, please bring a packed lunch. Wear suitable clothing & footwear for the weather.

THURS 22    SEASHORE DETECTIVES
2.30 pm to 4.00 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon – you can spy anemones, sea squirts, crabs & much more.  Then search for signs of creatures from the deep along the seashore.  .
Cost: £3.00 per adult, £ 2.00 per child.  Parents must accompany children.  Call  the Centre on 01305 206191 for booking and further information.

FRI 23  TO  SUN 25    KNOW YOUR TREES
4.00 pm Friday 23rd to 4.00 pm Sunday 25th  August.   The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton,  DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
Join tutor Letta Jones at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre and enjoy the diversity of trees in and around the Centre and the nature reserve.  If you enjoy looking at trees and are curious to find out more about their nature, names, country of origin and natural history, then this is a weekend for you.  The course will involve short walks in the local area, with practical group work and illustrated talks and discussion at the Centre.  Course fee: £240.00 ( £192.00   non-residential ).  Booking essential
To book your place on the course either telephone the Centre on 01300 320684, or use the online booking facility on the website www.kingcombe.org.  

SAT 24    INTRO TO GRASSHOPPERS & BUSHCRICKETS
10.00 am to 4.00 pm.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton,  DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
This fascinating day course with tutor Bryan Edwards at the Dorset Wildlife Trust  Kingcombe Centre will cover the classification and identification (through both physical & vocal characteristics) of these amazing creatures, together with aspects of their biology, ecology and lifecycle.  Course fee: £55.00.  Booking essential.
To book your place on the course either telephone the Centre on 01300 320684, or use the online booking facility on the website www.kingcombe.org.  

SAT 24    ROCKPOOL RAMBLE
2.30 pm to 4.00 pm.    WW2 Pill Box, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle.   [SY 907 792].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the best rockpooling site in Dorset to celebrate Marine Week.  Short walk involved.  Wear sensible, sturdy footwear for walking on uneven rocks and boulders.
Cost: £3.00 per adult; £1.50 per child.  Family event, no unaccompanied children please.  Weather dependent.  Call  the Marine Centre on 01929 481044  for further information.   Meet at the WW2 Pill Box, Kimmeridge Bay.

SAT 24    DISCOVER CHESIL
2.30 pm to 4.00 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust for a guided walk along Chesil Beach & the Fleet Lagoon, looking at WW1 rifle ranges & lucky pebbles to specialist plants & birds, & plenty in between.  Children are very welcome, but parents must accompany them.  Cost: £3.00 per adult;  £2.00 per child.  Call  on 01305 206191  for further information.  Meet outside the Chesil Beach Centre.

SUN 25    LATE SUMMER ON POWERSTOCK
10.00 am to 12 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, DT2 0EQ.   [SY 547974].
A Dorset Wildlife Trust  Kingcombe Centre Sunday Stroll on Powerstock Common with Steve Masters.  Powerstock’s important acidic grassland, ancient wet woodland and wood pasture make up an exceptional area of diverse wildlife.  Join the warden for a rare insight into the ecology and holistic management of these special habitats,  .
Cost: £6.00 adults, £3.00 children; includes tea and cake back at the centre!
Please call 01300 321409 for more information or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/
Meet at the car park at the entrance to Powerstock Common

SUN 25    AN INTRODUCTION TO AUTUMNAL SPIDERS
10.00 am to 4.00 pm.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton,  DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
This day course with tutor William Blumsom at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre provides a hands-on introduction to the fascinating world of autumnal spiders  covering basic biology, structure and life history, for both general naturalists and those keen to start a serious study of spiders.  Course fee: £55.00.  Booking essential..
To book your place on the course either telephone the Centre on 01300 320684, or use the online booking facility on the website www.kingcombe.org.  

SUN 25    BROWNSEA ISLAND VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY
9.30 am to 3.00 pm.    Brownsea Island nature reserve, Poole Harbour,  Poole, BH13 7EE.   [SZ 028 878].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust's regular volunteering group on Brownsea Island at 9.30am on alternate Sundays throughout the year. Tasks include pine thinning, opening out the alder carr & rhododendron clearing. No experience necessary, please bring a packed lunch. Wear suitable clothing & footwear for the weather. For details of boat timings etc please contact Richard Proctor on 01202 693039 or 07718 511432..

SUN 25    A MORNING BUTTERFLY WALK ON BALLARD DOWN
11.00 am 
A guided walk led by Jon Bellamy (01929 450182) for a joint event of the Isle of Purbeck Group of the Dorset Wildlife Trust and Dorset Butterfly Conservation. Non0members welcome.  Meet at 11am in the Ulwell lay-by on the Swanage to Studland Road (map ref. SZ 021809).  Stout footwear recommended.  

SUN 25    UPTON HEATH MOTH TRAP
9.00 am to 10.00 am.    Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen, nr Wimborne, BH21 3RX.   [SY 978 951].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust Wardens at the Urban Wildlife Centre for the opening of the moth trap from Upton Heath.  Whether you are a beginner or expert come along to help us ID these beautiful night time creatures.  Often followed by an optional seasonal conservation task.  For more details call the wardens on 01202 692033.  Meet at Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill Lane.

TUES 27    ISLE OF PURBECK MID-WEEK VOLUNTEERS
10.00 am to 3.00 pm.    
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust for a work day of habitat management on a local nature reserve.  No experience necessary, please bring a packed lunch.  Wear suitable clothing & footwear for the weather.   Please contact DWT Warden, James Hitchin on 07436 157328 for details.

TUES 27    WEBS & CHAINS
10.00 am to 12.00 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton, DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
Come to Dorset Wildlife Trust's Kingcombe nature reserve and explore food chains & webs and find out just who eats who?   Includes fun interactive quizzes & games.  For your chance to be part of a food web, please book your place at The Kingcombe Centre on: 01300 321409.
Kingcombe Kids Club event - suitable  for ages 3-16, booking recommended.  Cost: £3.00 per child.   All children must be accompanied by an adult..
For more information phone or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/.

TUES 27    KAYAK SAFARI
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.  [SY 909 787].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to experience wildlife like never before with our a 2-hour guided session in clear bottomed kayaks & goggle viewers in Kimmeridge Bay.  £25 per person per session;  three 2hr sessions; max. 6 people per session; 12+ yr-olds only.  Booking essential with payment at the time of booking please  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.
Phone for times.  Meet at The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay.  Call  on 01929 481044  for further information  .

THURS 29    KAYAK SAFARI
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, nr Corfe Castle, BH20 5PF.  [SY 909 787].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust to experience wildlife like never before with our a 2-hour guided session in clear bottomed kayaks & goggle viewers in Kimmeridge Bay.  £25 per person per session;  three 2hr sessions; max. 6 people per session; 12+ yr-olds only.  Booking essential with payment at the time of booking please  Vehicular access to the Marine Centre is via a toll road for which a fee of £5 per car is charged by the Smedmore Estate.
Phone for times.  Meet at The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge Bay.  Call  on 01929 481044  for further information  .

THURS 29    URBAN WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY
10.00 am to 3.00 pm.    Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen, nr Wimborne. BH21 3RX.  [SY 978 951].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the Urban Wildlife Centre for practical tasks and survey work; there will be something for everyone.  For details contact  Andy Fale on 07970 552673 or the Urban Wildlife Centre on 01202 692033..
No experience necessary, please bring a packed lunch. Wear suitable clothing & footwear for the weather.  Free of charge.

THURS 29    AN AFTERNOON WALK ON BINDON HILL
2.30 pm
A guided walk led by Harold Gillen (01929 550850) for the Isle of Purbeck Group of the Dorset Wildlife Trust.  Meet at 2.30pm by West Lulworth Church (map ref. SY 823807).  Non-members welcome.  Stout footwear recommended.  

THURS 29    THE CHESIL CHALLENGE
2.30 pm to 4.00 pm.    Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,  DT4 9XE.   [SY 668 755].
Join with Dorset Wildlife Trust at the Chesil Beach Centre and search for clues & solve puzzles to learn about Chesil Beach & the local marine life.
Cost: £2.00 per child.  Parents must accompany children.  Call  the Centre on 01305 206191 for booking and further information.

THURS 29    BUTTERFLIES & DRAGONS
10.00 am to 12.00 noon.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton,  DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
Spend the morning at Dorset Wildlife Trust's Kingcombe nature reserve before heading back to the Kingcombe Centre to make your very own models of these delightful flying minibeasts.  To become an expert on these magnificent flying machines book your place on: 01300  321409.
Kingcombe Kids Club event - suitable  for ages 3-16, booking recommended.  Cost: £3.00 per child.   All children must be accompanied by an adult..
For more information phone or visit our website: http://www.kingcombe.org/.

FRI 30  TO  SUN 01    HISTORICAL ECOLOGY OF KINGCOMBE
4.00 pm Friday 30th to 4.00 pm Sunday 1st September.    The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, nr Maiden Newton,  DT2 0EQ.  [SY 553 990].
Join tutors Oliver Rackham & Bryan Edwards at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Centre and gain the skills to identify the geomorphological, archaeological & ecological clues that will help you understand the history of this kind of landscape & man’s influence upon it.  Course fee: £240.00 ( £192.00 non-residential )  Booking essential
To book your place on the course either telephone the Centre on 01300 320684, or use the online booking facility on the website www.kingcombe.org.  

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