August with Dorset Wildlife Trust

WHETHER you are on holiday or just doing days out with the family in August, Dorset Wildlife Trust has an activity or an event for you. For volunteering opportunities, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk/volunteering

Saturday 17th – Kingcombe Mobile Planetarium, 10am,  celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing! Presentations for primary age children & view a star-filled sky with the planets visible on the night & see 3,000 stars! Booking required for each session on 01300 320684.

Sunday 18th and Monday 19th – Fleet Explorer, sundown cruise, 7.35pm, boat trip on the Fleet Explorer to watch the sun go down & find out about the incredible wildlife of the Fleet Lagoon, and how important it is to protect our seas. Booking on 01305 206191Chesil Beach Centre.

Monday 19th – Kimmeridge Seashore Explorers,  11am – 4pm. Take on the Kimmeridge Seashore Explorer family challenge this summer and hire a Seashore Explorer backpack full of fun activities, equipment and ID guides to help you complete the tasks. Wild Seas Centre.

Tuesday 20th – Chesil Strandline Detectives, 11am, Chesil Beach Centre, walk along Chesil Beach and hunt the strandline for wildlife treasure washed in from the sea,s a great way to find out what lives in the deeper water as you look for rare pink sea fans, shark eggcases. No need to book.

Wednesday 21st – Discover the alien world of plankton, 11am, Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge, Plearn all about the bizarre and fascinating micro-world of plankton, with plankton themed craft activities and a quiz to test your knowledge. No need to book. .

Get Dorset Buzzing, crafts at Wimborne Model Town, 10am – 4.30pm.  Be part of the buzz for wildlife with creature crafts. No booking required. Normal admission fees apply. Visit www.wimborne-modeltown.com or ring 01202 881924.

Thursday 22nd – Healthy walk at Lytchett Bay, 2pm – 3pm, circular walk at Lytchett Bay. Meet at The Hub, 193 Turlin Road, Poole, BH16 5DN. Free event, no need to book.

Sunday 25th – Chesil Challenge, 11am; can you complete the Chesil Challenge? A children’s treasure trail inside and outside the Centre looking for clues to solve puzzles about Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon. No need to book. .

Tuesday 27th – Fleet Explorer sundown cruise, 7.15pm, 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. Booking on 01305 206191. Chesil Beach Centre.

Chesil Seashore Explorers, 10.30am; take the Chesil Seashore Explorer family challenge to see if you can complete the activities. Hunt for marine life, wildflowers, birds and bugs. Booking on 01305 206191.

Wednesday 28th – Caterpillar kids at Lorton Meadows, precarious pond life, 10.30am; have a go at pond dipping and discover the amazing underwater world of diving beetles, newts & nymphs. Booking on 01305 816546.

Thursday 29th – Wildlife Wellbeing Walk, 11am – 12pm, gentle, relaxing, health walk around Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, taking in the seasonal wildlife. Over 18’s only. All abilities welcome. FREE event. No need to book. Chesil Beach Centre.

Crab watch, search for and record crabs on the seashore, 1pm, Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge; learn more about crabs, the different species that can be found and how to record them. Not recommended for children under eight.

Friday 30th – Seashore safare, Fleet Lagoon, 12.30pm; join DWT at low tide to explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon. Hunt for the marine wildlife which calls our shores their home. No need to book. Chesil Beach Centre.

Wallpaper weekend workshop, Kingcombe Centre; create your own plant-inspired repeat patterns and design before printing a length by hand, with Hugh Dunford Wood.  Book at www.kingcombe.org.

Saturday 31st – Eco-crabbing, how to catch and handle seashore crabs without harming them, 2pm, Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge or the other marine life that lives with them & learn how to look after your catch; no need to book.

Fleet Explorer Sundown Cruise, 7.10pm, 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. Booking on 01305 206191.

Pictured: Meadow Brown butterfly, photograph by Katie Wilkinson.