Dorset Wildlife Trust in September

ROCKPOOL rambles, exploring the Fleet, discovering the archaeology of Dorset’s neolithic barrows – there is a wealth of exciting events in Dorset Wildlife Trust’s September calendar.

Wednesday 13th – Fleet Explorer, sundown cruise, 6.45 to 7.45pm. See Friday 8th.

Thursday 14th – Geology of King Barrow Quarries, 10am to noon; explore King Barrow Quarries Nature Reserve.  Join the Portland Project Officer on a guided walk around this disused quarry that nature has reclaimed, to discover the geology of the site exposed by the quarrymen, along with their huts, gullies and tunnels. Meet at the first car park on the left off New Ground Road, nearest to Portland Heights Booking essential, contact the Chesil Centre on 01305 20619

Friday 15th – Wildlife and recordings from Lytchett Bay and gardens, 7.30pm, Allendale Centre, Wimborne; Nick Hull will give an insight to sights and sounds of wildlife in Lytchett Bay and his garden.

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th – Astro-Photography weekend, discover the techniques for capturing the incredible night sky, including composition and post production. www.kingcombe.org

Saturday 16th – Trees of Lorton Meadows walk, 2 to 4pm. Learn all about trees including how to identify them by their leaves, fruit and bark.Booking essential, 01305 816546.

Sunday 17th – Great British Beach Clean on Chesil, 11am to 1pm.  Help look after one of Dorset’s most spectacular beaches. There is a 10% discount at the Taste* Cafe for those taking part and free parking for the duration of the event. All equipment provided. No booking required.  Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland.

Corfe Barrows nature park guided walk, 10.30am to 12.30pm, with Katie Wilkinson DWT Community Conservation Officer (The Great Heath). Meet at Ashington Meadow off Merley Park Road. View the park’s various habitats and wildlife while experiencing  a walk in time from the Age of Rail to the Bronze Age.

Tuesday 19th – Grazing animals for habitat management, 10am to 4pm. Learn the benefits, challenges and management techniques of using animals to improve wildlife habitats. For more information and to book go to www.kingcombe.org

Wednesday 20th – Guided rockpool ramble in Kimmeridge bay, 2 to 3.30pm. Join a warden to discover what fascinating seashore wildlife can be spotted in Kimmeridge Bay, the best rockpooling site in Dorset. Learn about their bizarre lives, from sex-changing sea snails to crafty crabs. 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 if unsure.

Talk by Chris Andrews on fossils and fossiling at Lyme Regis, 7.30pm at Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne.. Chris is the education officer for Lyme Regis Museum.

Thursday 21st – Wildlife of Kingston Lacy through the ages, illustrated talk by David Smith, 7.30pm, at Christchurch Baptist Church Hall; a look at the flora and fauna of Kingston Lacy past and present.

Saturday 23rd – Introduction to rocky shore species identification, 11.30am to 4.30pm. This one day course, based at DWT’s Fine Foundation Marine Centre in Kimmeridge Bay, is an introduction to the wildlife living on a rocky shore and will include the variety of different types of animals and seaweed found as well as how to identify some of the commoner species. A morning classroom session will be followed by a guided seashore exploration and identification in the field. Seashore searches are expected to reveal a variety of wildlife including some of the more unusual or overlooked species as well as common ones. Kimmeridge Bay has some of the best and most accessible rockpools in Dorset. As well as learning where and how to look for seashore animals you will find out how they are adapted to their environment, some of the threats they face, how to keep your impact to a minimum and how to stay safe on the shore. Meet at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, by the slipway, Kimmeridge Bay. Booking is essential – 01929 481044.  Maximum of 20 places..

Sunday 24th – Beach clean at Worbarrow Bay, 1 to 3pm. Join the marine wardens to remove the litter from the beach. Marine litter is not only a blight on our beaches but presents a deadly hazard for all kinds of wildlife. Park at Tyneham  between Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge Bay and follow the footpath to the beach in Worbarrow Bay – approx 1 mile. All equipment is provided but please bring a drink and suitable footwear and clothing for an exposed location and walking on a shingle beach.

Thursday 28th – Fungus and lichen foray, Studland, led by Joy Fildes, 2.30 to 4pm. Meet outside the National Trust Information Centre at Knoll Beach.

As well as special events, activities, talks and courses, there is also a regular programme of work parties on the trust’s reserves across the county.

For full information visit the trust’s website   www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk