May events with Dorset Wildlife Trust

SPRING brings a rapid increase in the number of Dorset Wildlife Trusts at reserves and wildlife areas across the county. For details of volunteering opportunities and regular working parties, visit the website www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Wednesday 1st to Friday 31st – Plants and Pollinators, exhibition at Kingcombe, works by award-winning Dorset photographer, Jo Stephen.  www.kingcombe.org. Get Dorset Buzzing event.

Thursday 2nd – Rockpool, ramble and cream tea, Clavells Restaurant, Kimmeridge, 1.30pm – 4pm. Booking essential on 01929 481044. Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre.

Friday 3rd – Morning chorus breakfast, Kingcombe, early May is one of the best times to experience the amazing sounds of the morning bird chorus; guided walk at Kingcombe Meadows followed by a hearty breakfast at the centre. www.kingcombe.org.

Saturday 4th – Caterpillar Kids at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Minibeasts of the wild woods, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Discover minibeasts and make a minibeast home to bring pollinators to your patch. Book on 01305 816546. Get Dorset Buzzing event.

Spring herbs and their properties, course at Kingcombe. As new growth appears everywhere you will be amazed as you explore the remarkable world of the wild medicinal herbs that grow amongst our hedgerows, gardens and green spaces.www.kingcombe.org.

Saturday 4th to Sunday 12th – Get Dorset Buzzing Roadshow, Chesil Beach Centre:  with family games including the Pollinator Wheel of Fortune and the Bee Buzz wire game, plenty of information about welcoming pollinators into your garden and wildlife gardening merchandise. Sign up for the Get Dorset Buzzing campaign for free advice and offers to help you do at least one thing for pollinators in your garden this year.

Monday 6th – Marine Giants Talk and Shark Eggcase Hunt, 11am – 12.30pm: learn about whales, sharks and jellyfish that we have in Dorset then search for ray eggcases along the beach. Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.

Cyanotopye lampshade-making course, create a blue and white paper lampshade to take home, using the Cyanotype sun printing process and natural objects, such as leaves, grasses & feathers. www.kingcombe.org.

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th – Botany for artists and wildlife gardeners, weekend course,  learn to recognise, classify and describe plant functions and features through illustration. www.kingcombe.org.

Saturday 11th – Spring birds of Chesil, the Fleet and Portland Harbour, 8.30 – 10am, guided walk to discover the waders and migrating birds. Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.

Opticron Optics Day at Chesil, 10am – 4pm: looking to buy new binoculars or a telescope? Rob from Optricon will be on hand to give expert advice. Profits go straight back into conservation work in Dorset. Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.

Monday 13th – Wellbeing walk at Lorton, 10 – 10.45am, gentle monthly walk at Lorton Meadows reserve, spotting seasonal changes – your first step to better wellbeing.

Wednesday 15th – Talk and display by Sharandys Birds of Prey, 7.30pm; informative talk covering captive and wild birds, includes a flying display. They will bring five birds of prey, for a close-up view of these wonderful creatures; Digby Memorial Church Hall, Sherborne.

Thursday 16th – Naturally dyed silk scarves and shibori, day course, learn how to create stunning patterns through stitch resist and natural plant colours; www.kingcombe.org.

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th, Early summer plants in watercolour, weekend course: paint the abundant flowers and plants of the early summer meadows, hedgerows and gardens in this stimulating botanical painting workshop. www.kingcombe.org.

Saturday 18th to Sunday 2nd June – Inspired by Nature, exhibition at Chesil Beach Centre, showcase of local artist. All items available for purchase. Profits go to DWT.

Saturday 18th – Lorton Meadows, walk in the woods guided walk, 2 – 4pm. Immerse yourself in the scents and sounds of the woods, identify trees and woodland flowers.

Sunday 19th – Guided rockpool ramble, Kimmeridge Bay, 2 – 4pm; discover wildlife on the seashore. Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre.

Tuesday 21st – A Good Tern! on the Fleet Explorer, 11.15am – 12.15pm: boat trip to see the little terns, one of the UK’s rarest seabirds. Help raise money to protect the colony. Book on 01305 206191. Weather dependent.

Saturday 25th – Purbeck Art Weeks at the Wild Seas Centre, 10am – 5pm: exhibition of work inspired by nature and the sea by Purbeck artists; free Fine Foundation Centre.

A Good Tern! on the Fleet Explorer, 11.15am – 12.15pm: boat trip to see the little terns, one of the UK’s rarest seabirds. Help raise money to protect the colony. Bookon 01305 206191. Weather dependent.

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th – Stained glass workshop, learn the craft of stained glass work including kiln fired glass painting and silver staining technique. www.kingcombe.org.

Saturday 25th to Friday 31st – Get Dorset Buzzing roadshow, Brownsea Island, family games including the Pollinator Wheel of Fortune and the Bee Buzz wire game, plenty of information about welcoming pollinators into your garden and wildlife gardening merchandise. Sign up to the Get Dorset Buzzing campaign for free advice and offers to help you do at least one thing for pollinators in your garden this year.

Monday 27th – Chesil Strandline Detectives,  11am – 12.30pm: hunt the strandline for wildlife treasure washed in from the sea. Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre.

Tuesday 28th – A visit to the arboretum at Canford School, 10am – noon: walk through the arboretum with expert, Chris, looking at all the different species of trees.

Dorset Wildflower Week, walk on Brownsea Island, 11am guided walk around the eastern end of the island, including DWT nature reserve, looking at trees and plants of grassland, woodland and marshland. Meet at public hide at 11am. Enquiries 01929 426988.

Wednesday 29th – Wildflower Week, gardening talk and demonstration: learn how to create your own wildlife friendly garden, with Kate Bradbury; day course includes evening dinner www.kingcombe.org. Get Dorset Buzzing event.
Walk with a warden on Brownsea, 11am – 1pm, guided walk of Brownsea Island nature reserve with a warden to see the spectacular spring wildlife. Book on 01202 709445.

Caterpillar Kids at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Peculiar Pond Life, 1.30 – 3.30pm. Have a go at pond dipping and discover the amazing underwater world of diving beetles, newts and nymphs. Book on 01305 816546. Get Dorset Buzzing event.

Get Dorset Buzzing activities at Wimborne Model Town, 2.30 – 4.30pm: have fun finding out how to help our pollinators keep buzzing! No booking required. Normal admission fees apply; visit www.wimborne-modeltown.com or ring 01202 881924.

Thursday 30th – Wildlife and wellbeing walk at Chesil, 11am – noon: gentle, relaxing walk around Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, taking in seasonal wildlife. All abilities welcome. Free event, funded by Stepping into Nature through the Big Lottery Fund. Meet at Chesil Beach Centre.

Dorset Wildflower Week, Beginners Guide to Wildflowers, 1.30 – 3pm: find out more about the fascinating flowers that thrive on Chesil Beach. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre.

Kimmeridge seashore explorers, 11am – 4pm: hire an activity pack and take on the family challenge;. Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre.

Friday 31st – Caterpillar Kids at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Marvellous Minibeasts, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Discover marvellous millipedes, beetles and bugs in the wild woods and meadows at Lorton.Book on 01305 816546. Get Dorset Buzzing event.

Deadline for the Wildlife Friendly Gardening competition, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wfgc to enter!

Pictured: Ox-eye daisy, photograph by Pat Jefferies.