For 2017-18 we have identified Dorset Wildlife Trust sites that may be of interest to members attending the numerous DDA THS sites this Spring and Summer, as listed below and on the DA web site. Furthermore we intend notifying members of suitable events staged by Dorset Wildlife Trust in which our members are encouraged to participate. All Camping Club Members are welcome to attend DWT events under our associate membership.
Parley THS: Brownsea Island Nature Reserve & National Trust property.
This venue is open daily, Ferries to the island run from Sandbanks and Poole Quay. The Villa Centre has toilets, exhibition centre and shop, the lagoon, lakes and reed bed are overlooked by 5 bird hides. The DA has twice visited the island on working parties to clear rhododendrons, an interesting day amongst the red squirrels and birds. Booking for the boat trip is advisable, see: dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk for more details ☎ 01202 709445.
Bagwell THS: The Fine Foundation Centre: Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve. Kimmeridge(sat nav SY 909787)
This venue is open April- Tuesday to Sunday & B Holidays 10-30am-5pm. Various events are run during the year, entry to the centre is free, however there is a £5-0 per car charged by Smedmore Estate for toll road entry including parking. Whileyou are there a trip down to Tyneham, the village taken over by the army during the war is well worth a visit at week ends, or a trip to Swanage. For details of the events see: kimmeridge @ dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or ☎ 01929 481044.
Weymouth THS: The Fine Foundation Centre, Chesil Beach. This venue is open all week 10am-5pm. (sat nav DT4 9XE)
A family friendly Visitor Center with information about Chesil Beach and its wildlife. Bird watching views under the sea café, gifts,and boardwalk to the beach. Situated half way along the causeway from Weymouth to Portland, at the pay car park. Various events are held during the year, the DA attended a beach survey which was very interesting for more details see dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesil. or ☎ 01305 206191 The taste café open 10am can provide Breakfast, morning coffee & pastries, brunch lunch and afternoon teas. (Licensed). Why not pay a visit on your way to Portland Bill
Dorchester-Kingston Maurward THS. Kingscombe Centre- Lower Kingscombe, Toller Porcorum (sat nav DT2 0EQ)
Explore the ancient Woodlands Meadows and Powerstock Common, open all year. The Café is open every Friday to Sunday from March and every day during school holidays 11am-4-30pm. To find this one, from Dorchester –A37 towards Yeovil, after Grimstone take A356 left, past Maiden Newton turn left top of hill SP>Toller Porcorum. Turn right in village SP>Lower Kingscombe & Hooke. After 1 mile the centre is on the right. An interesting journey-to return to site go back the way you came or just for fun put Dorchester in your sat nav. Events are organised during the year: see kingscombe.org ☎ 01300 320684.
Please do not hesitate to contact DWT or ourselves if you are interested in Conservation or Dorset Wildlife Trust events. Anne & Gordon Colman ☎ 07946 522992 or ☎ 07947 140005