Dorset Wildlife trust in August

YOU don’t have to travel far to find some great outdoor activities, thanks to Dorset Wildlife Trust. Here is the calendar of events, workshops and activities for all ages for August.

For more information about the programme and Dorset Wildlife Trust, visit the website

Tuesday 1st – Beautiful butterflies (Caterpillar kids), Lorton Meadows, Weymouth, 10.30am-12.30pm, how many butterflies will you see? Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games, with the Community Conservation Officer. Meet at visitor centre,  Booking essential, on 01305 816546.

Wednesday 2nd – Cliff-top watch for dolphins and other marine animals, Kimmeridge, 11am-3pm. 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. You can drop in at any time during the event and stay as little or as long as you like. Binoculars available to borrow, but bring your own if you have them. Come to the Fine Foundation Marine Centre for directions.

Fleet Explorer, Protected Seas, 11.15-12.15, a boat trip on the Fleet Explorer to find out about Dorset’s Marine Protected Areas. The boat leaves from the jetty down Ferrymans Way, Wyke Regis. Limited places, booking essential, 01305 206191.

Wednesday 2nd- Friday 4th – Nature drawing and illustration, Kingcombe Centre, 1pm. Explore drawing and painting techniques of natural history illustration, in the studio and field. Book on 01300 320684.

Thursday 3rd – Tree-mendous trees at Lorton Meadow, 10.30am-12.30pm. Do you know an Oak from a Hawthorn and which trees provide the most homes and food for animals? Booking essential 01305 816546

Saturday 5th-Sunday 6th – Illustrating butterflies and moths, Kingcombe Centre, 10am. Learn how to illustrate butterflies and moths using watercolours and gouache, with Sarah Morrish. Contact 01300 320684.

Saturday 5th – Sharkstuff Live!     Kimmeridge, 11am-3pm, 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. 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, Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway; booking essential on 01929 481044.

Peculiar plankton of the Fleet, 1-2.30pm. Some of the smallest creatures in the sea are some of the strangest. Join DWT to hunt for these peculiar beasts, use microscopes to view them. No booking required.

Monday 7th – Seashore superheroes, Chesil Beach Centre, 11am-12.30pm. Love the outdoors? Become a seashore superhero and learn how to protect local

Tuesday 8th – Knoll Gardens wildlife survey, 10am-3.30pm. No need to book but for more information contact Nicky Hoar on 01202 692033 or email

Buzzy bees at Lorton Meadows, 10.30am-12.30pm.  What keeps bees so busy and how many different types are there? Booking essential 01305 816546

Wednesday 9th – Guided rockpool ramble, Kimmeridge Bay, 2.30-4pm. Celebrate Marine Week at the best rockpooling site in Dorset. Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway. This event is weather dependent – phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure.

Thursday 10th – Fleet lagoon seashore safari, 2-3.30pm, join DWT at low tide to explore the amazing underwater world of the lagoon. No booking required.

Guided rockpool ramble at Kimmeridge (see Wed 9th)

Friday 11th – Peculiar pondlife, Lorton Meadows, 10.30am-12.30pm.  Discover the amazing underwater world of beetles,newts & nymphs. Booking essential, 01305 816546

Eco-crabbing: How to catch and handle seashore crabs without harming them, Kimmeridge, 2.30-4pm. Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE. This event is weather dependent – phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044

Friday 11th-Sunday 13th – Shibori with Indigo weekend workshop, Kingcombe Centre, 11am, Learn the traditional Japanese art of stitch-resist dyeing to create your own unique textiles. Contact 01300 320684.

Saturday 12th – Bat walk led by local expert Chris Dieck, Stour Meadows, Blandford, 8.30pm.     Bat detectors provided, but please bring a torch and wear suitable footwear/clothing. Book on 01258 880699.

Sunday 13th – Wild about Chesil, Chesill Beach Centre, 10am-5pm,  Chesil’s BIGGEST wildlife event of the year – shark and ray eggcase hunt, low tide walk, butterfly survey, music, dancing, barbecue and other wildlife activities for the whole family. FREE EVENT

Tuesday 15th – Butterflies and moths at Chesil, Chesil Beach Centre, 11am-12.30pm, butterfly beach hunt and look for surprises in the overnight moth trap. No booking required.

Wednesday 16th – Grasshoppers and crickets at Lorton Meadow, 10.30am-12.30pm. Can you tell the difference between a grasshopper and a cricket? Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games. Booking essential 01305 816546

Arty ocean activities, Kimmeridge, 11am-4pm, arts and crafts for children; indoor event, drop in at any time.

Friday 18th – Dazzling dragonflies at Lorton Meadow,
10.30am-12.30pm. Discover how dragonflies develop from underwater nymphs into foraging flyers travelling over 1km in a day! Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games. Book on 01305 816546

Saturday 19th – Fleet Lagoon seaweed explorer, 11am-12.30pm. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre. No booking required.

Fleet Explorer sundown cruise, 7.30-8.30pm, evening boat trip on the Fleet Explorer to watch the sun go down. Discover the fascinating wildlife of the Fleet Lagoon, the famous Chesil Beach and the rich local history. Limited places. Weather dependent. Booking essential 01305 206191.

Sunday 20th – Wriggly reptile nature trail, Lorton Meadows, 10.30am-3.30pm. No need to book.

Morning butterfly walk on Ballard Down, led by Jon Bellamy, 11am-1pm, joint event with Dorset Butterfly Conservation. Meet in the Ulwell lay-by on the Swanage to Studland road.

Tuesday 22nd – Fleet lagoon seashore safari, 1- 2.30pm. 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. Meet at Chesil Beach Centre. No booking required.

Wednesday 23rd – Precarious pond-life, Lorton Meadows, 10.30am-12.30pm. Booking essential 01305 816546

Guided rockpool ramble at Kimmeridge, (see Wed 9th)

Thursday 24th – Fleet Explorer sundown cruise,  7.30-8.30pm; (see Sat 19th) Booking required.

Rockpool ramble, Kimmeridge (see Wed 9th)

Friday 25th – Bizzy the Blenny seashore discovery, Chesil Beach Centre, 1.30- 2pm Join the author of Bizzy the Blenny and the Treasure of the Fleet Lagoon for a book reading and walk. No booking required.

Saturday 26th – Lorton hedgerow habitat walk, 2-4pm. Discover the fascinating plants and animals that depend on these important habitats. Booking essential on 01305 816546.   £3 adults,  £2 Children, must be

Eco-crabbing: How to catch and handle seashore crabs without harming them, Kimmeridge, (see Fri 11th)

Monday 28th – Chesil seashore scavengers, 11am-12.30pm. Meet at Chesil Beach Centre. No booking required.

Tuesday 29th – Fleet Explorer sundown cruise (see Sat 19th). Booking required.

Wednesday 30th – Spectacular spiders at Lorton Meadows, 10.30am-12.30pm. Discover about the amazing webs, traps and tricks that spiders use to catch their prey. Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games. Booking essential  01305 816546

Discover the alien world of plankton, Kimmeridge, 11am-4pm. Learn about the bizarre and fascinating micro-world of plankton. Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway. No booking required.

Thursday 31st – Afternoon fungus foray, led by Joy Fildes, 2.30-4.30pm. Find out what to eat and what to avoid. Meet at the Information Kiosk in the RSPB car park. Contact Joy Fildes 01929 450449.

Pictured: Seashore scavengers at Chesil; photograph by Vicky Ashby. Pond-dipping at Lorton Meadows; photograph by Katharine Davies.