Posted 8th Nov 2017 by Peter Byrne
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and Southern Co-op are joining forces to help local families get out and about in nature
Research by the Wildlife Trusts has found over three quarters of parents are concerned by children not spending enough time with nature and wildlife.
Last year, My Wild Neighbourhood campaign saw thousands of free Wildlife Trust outdoor activity guides handed out in Southern Co-op stores. This year's campaign is aiming to continue, helping families to get outside and explore the wildness in their neighbourhoods, and joining in with one of the many family events at Lorton Meadows in Weymouth, or on Brownsea Island in Poole harbour.
The campaign is supported by proceeds from the carrier bag charge, and are distributed by Southern Co-op to local community causes.
The funding is helping to support DWT family events and nature clubs, which provide young people with regular nature-based activities within the local community. This includes activities such as investigating animal tracks and signs, and hunting for bugs and butterflies.
DWT's Communication Officer, Sally Welbourn, said: "DWT has lots of opportunities for children and families to get hands on with wildlife and explore the nature on their doorstep. We believe it’s really important to educate and inspire the next generation of conservationists, so money from the Southern Co-op helps us continue to provide a programme of events to get them started."
Image © Katharine Davies