Dorset Wildlife Trust in June

TIME has run away with us this month, so apologies that we are a bit late with the June diary for Dorset Wildlife Trust. As always there is a great programme of walks, talks, children’s activities, working parties and marine adventures.

For more information on events  and volunteering, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk

Wednesday 13th June – Wildflower walk on Kingbarrow Nature Reserve, Portland, 10am.  Join the Portland project officer for a guided walk around the disused quarry to discover how wildlife, particularly wildflowers, have recolonised the site. Meet at the first car park on the left off New Ground Road, nearest to Portland Heights Hotel. Booking essential, please contact the Chesil Centre on 01305 20619.

Wednesday-Thursday 13th and 14th, Saturday-Sunday 16th and 17th  – Paul Williams’ Brownsea Island photography workshops, 10am – 4pm.  Paul has been creating beautiful images of wildlife for more than 30 years and was one of the finalists in the British Wildlife Photographer 2017. This workshop is an opportunity to learn from him about how to use your own camera. All skill levels welcome from beginners to those that want help getting that perfect shot. To book please call 01202 709445, or email Luke Johns at ljohns@nulldorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Saturday 16th – Nature Detectives Trail at Lorton Meadows, Weymouth, Who’s the Daddy? 10.30am – 4pm. Celebrate Father’s Day and the Wildlife Trust Big Weekend, by discovering who’s the father of the bizarre offspring. Pick up a trail guide from the Conservation Centre and become a nature detective. No need to book, available all day.

Corfe Barrows midsummer walk, 10am – 1pm, explore the woods, meadows and heath of Corfe Barrows Nature Park, part of the Great Heath Living Landscape. Meet at Corfe Mullen Recreation Ground. For more information, ring 01202 692033 or email nhoar@nulldorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Seashore safari on the Fleet lagoon, 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. Meet at Chesil Beach Centre; no booking required.

Saturday-Sunday 16th and 17th – Big wild seas weekend, 11am to 4pm, at the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, by the slipway in Kimmeridge Bay, an action-packed programme of events suitable for the whole family from indoor crafts and displays to activities on the seashore. For more information call 01929 481044.

Monday 18th to Friday 22nd – Summer plants in watercolour, Kingcombe Centre course, paint the abundant flowers and plants of the summer meadows, hedgerows and gardens in this stimulating, friendly botanical workshop.

Thursday 21st – Wildflower walk, Kingbarrow Quarry, 10am to noon; join the Portland Project Officer for a guided walk around the disused quarry to discover how wildlife, particularly wildflowers, have recolonised the site. Meet at the first car park on the left off New Ground Road, nearest to Portland Heights Hotel. Booking essential, contact the Chesil Centre on 01305 20619.

Friday 22nd – Evening trundle and walk, 6pm, Travellers Rest Farm, Durweston, guided farm walk with and eye for wildlife. DT11 0QG.  Numbers limited to 25 people. Booking essential, call Roy Davies on 01258 880 699.

Knoll Gardens, DWT members day, 10am to 4pm; discover how Knoll’s naturalistic gardening ethos continues to create a garden that welcomes wildlife as well as providing year-round beauty. Please show DWT membership card on arrival. For more info on Knoll Gardens visit www.knollgardens.co.uk

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th – Illustrated travellers sketchbook weekend, Kingcombe Centre course; learn how to master the art of keeping a sketchbook when you are out and about or away from home, finding inspiration in the stunning summer landscape of Kingcombe, with Hugh Dunford Wood. For more information visit www.kingcombe.org

Saturday-Sunday 23rd and 24th – Nature detectives trail at Lorton Meadows, Minibeast Madness, 10.30am, find the bugs, beetles and bees in the meadows, for National Insect Week. Pick up a trail guide from the Conservation Centre. No need to book, available all day.

Saturday 23rd – Seashore superheroes, 11am, earn how to protect our local wildlife by completing a series of challenges to become your own masked hero! Meet at Chesil Beach Centre, no booking required.

Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th – Wildflowers, orchids and grasses identification workshop, Kingcombe Centre, 1pm, learn to identify the diverse flowers and grasses of Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve. For more information visit www.kingcombe.org

Saturday 30th – Summer walk, Valehouse and Babers, 10.30am, enjoy the colourful and buzzing embroidery of some of the Marshwood Vale’s most beautiful wild flower meadows on a walk between Babers Farm and Nick Ziebland’s Valehouse meadow. Along the way, you may be accompanied by local farmer Jim Strawbridge, and Nick Gray will talk about DWT’s conservation endeavours with landowners on the landscape; tea and cake provided; please bring sandwiches. For more details and booking, ring Nick Gray: 07824 438974.

Make bug houses at Lorton, 10.30am to 4pm; make a bug house to encourage beneficial bugs like ladybirds and lacewings to your patch. The centre will be open for visitors, follow a trail, drop in for a hot drink, or watch the birds on screen. For more information phone 01305 816546 or see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton

Pictured: Moth fun; photograph by Angela Thomas.