MIDSUMMER is almost on us (where did the year go!) and Dorset Wildlife Trust has a host of interesting and exciting events, many of them linked to the Get Dorset Buzzing theme to increase awareness of the importance of insects and pollinators in the environment.
Saturday 8th – Flowers and Pollinators walk at Townsend Nature Reserve, 10.30am – 12.30pm; Jim White (wildflower expert & trustee) and DWT’s Ed Sanger will be walking the reserve looking at wildflowers and pollinating insects.Book at email@example.com Get Dorset Buzzing event.
Fleet Explorer, World Oceans Day cruise, 11.15aml celebrate World Oceans Day and explore the incredible wildlife of the Fleet Lagoon on the Fleet Explorer. Booking essential on 01305 206191.
Dolphin watch, 11am – 4pm. Talk from 11am – noon, about dolphins in Dorset and how to spot them, then help with the cliff-top watch at Kimmeridge to celebrate World Oceans Day. Booking on 01929 481044. Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th – Going wild in watercolour: Learn to paint dramatic colourful watercolours of animals and wildlife with The Artist Magazine’s Jake Winkle; explore different painting techniques to portray a variety of our best loved animals. www.kingcombe.org
Monday 10th – Health and Wellbeing walk at Lorton, 10am – 10.45am. Gentle monthly walk at Lorton Meadows reserve, spotting seasonal changes – your first step to better wellbeing.
Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th – Meadow Drift, a celebration of the Kingcombe Meadows through textiles, Learn how to create your own unique textile piece to capture the spirit of the beautiful Kingcombe Meadows; includes fabric painting and marking in conjunction with simple embroidery stitches to create the “Meadow Drift”; www.kingcombe.org
Thursday 13th – West Fleet walk with a warden, 1pm – 2.30pm; guided walk along the Fleet Lagoon shore. Meet at Abbotsbury Swannery car park.
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th – Miraculous meadows walk, 2pm. Discover a wealth of wildlife in our meadows. Booking on 01305 816546. Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre. Get Dorset Buzzing event.
Sunday 16th – Shibori with indigo and madder weekend workshop. Learn the traditional Japanese art of stitch resist dyeing to create your own unique textile designs. www.kingcombe.org.
Seashore superheroes, 11am to 12.30pm; become a seashore superhero, learn how to protect wildlife by completing challenges to become a masked hero. Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.
Guided rockpool ramble, Kimmeridge Bay, to discover wildlife on the seashore, 1 to 3pm. Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre.
Thursday 20th – Wildflower walk in Kingbarrow Quarry, 10am to noon; guided walk around the disused quarry to discover how wildflowers have recolonised the site. Meet at the first car park on the left off New Ground Road. Booking on 01305 206191. Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre. Get Dorset Buzzing event.
Friday 21st – Nightjars in the twilight of Upton Heath, 9pm – 11pm. Watch the sun go down over Upton Heath as the shortest night of the year creeps across the landscape bringing the sights and sounds of the emerging nocturnal wildlife. Meet at end of Beacon Rd, Broadstone/.
Get Dorset Buzzing, Knoll Gardens open day for DWT members, 10am – 5pm. Regular wildlife surveys include bumblebees, butterflies, dragonflies, moths, birds and reptiles, and significant findings are incorporated into the garden, which includes a project to have something in flower every day of the year. Take membership card for free admission. www.knollgardens.co.uk
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd – Illustrated traveller’s sketchbook weekend workshop; 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. Taught by Hugh Dunford-Wood. www.kingcombe.org
Saturday 22nd – Walk with a warden on Brownsea Island, 11am – 1pm; two hour guided walk to see the spectacular early summer wildlife, including close up views of the nesting terns on the lagoon, and visit the buzzing wildlife garden! Book on 01202 709445. Visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/brownsea for travel information. Get Dorset Buzzing event.
Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th – Wildflowers, orchids and grasses identification workshop, Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reservee, www.kingcombe.org .
Thursday 27th – Wildlife wellbeing walk at Chesil, 11am to noon, gentle, relaxing walk around Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, taking in the seasonal wildlife. All abilities welcome. Free event, funded by Stepping into Nature through the Big Lottery Fund. Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.
Friday 28th – Improving meadows and grasslands: Day course at Kingcombe to learn how to create a wildflower meadows or restore species-rich grassland using local seed and low-impact techniques. www.kingcombe.org.
Pictured: Children rockpooling; photograph by Alex Mustard.