Events in April 2018



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Lorton Eggsplorers Trail

Sunday 1st of April 2018 to Monday 2nd of April 2018

Collect a trail guide from the Conservation Centre and hunt for clues around the reserve to find out about the local wildlife and solve a mystery. Don't forget to return to the Centre to claim your edible prize! Why not make a day of it and enjoy a picnic too. Approximately 30 - 45 minutes. No need to book, available all day. children £2, must be accompanied. For more details phone 01305 816546. Start at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, bird webcams, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort

An Introduction to the Woodland Trust

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018

Owen Rogers, a volunteer from Bath, will give us an overview of the work of the Woodland Trust, Britain's leading woodland conservation charity which aims to project, restore and create woodlands. It has 500,000 members and manages 26,000 hectares of woodland. Tea and coffee served from 7.30pm. Location: Caryford Hall, Ansford, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ. Contact/Booking Information Caroline Rathbone on Tel 01823 652400 or email: carolinerathbone@btinternet.com Cost £3 per adult children free.

Seashore safari

Wednesday 4th of April 2018

Join us at low tide to explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon. Hunt for the marine wildlife which calls our shores their home, as well as looking for the tell-tale tracks and signs of hidden species. Wellies advised. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park. Adults £3, Children £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required. Contact us on 01305 206191 For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort.

Guided Rockpool Ramble

Wednesday 4th of April 2018

A guided rockpool ramble in Kimmeridge Bay to discover wildlife on the seashore. For adults and families. Join a warden as we wander along the beach 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. We will follow the Seashore Code to avoid causing any harm and find out what we can all do to help marine wildlife. Meet at the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, located by the slipway in Kimmeridge Bay. Postcode: BH20 5PE. Please be aware that access to Kimmeridge Bay is via a private road for which a toll of œ5 per car is charged by Smedmore Estate (charges vary for other types of vehicle). Park in the main car park and follow the footpath to the east side of the bay. Costs for the event are œ3.00 per adult an œ2.00 per child. Under 3yrs are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather dependent - phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure. For health & safety reasons we cannot accept late-comers - please arrive on time. This event includes walking over wet, uneven and sometimes slippery rocks therefore sturdy shoes or wellingtons are essential.

Art Exhibition by Sally Derrick & Alex Ogg

Wednesday 4th of April 2018 to Monday 30th of April 2018

An exhibition of work by sculptor Sally Derrick and illustrator Alex Ogg at The Kingcombe Centre. Sally Derrick sculpts animals, birds, portrait heads and figures. She draws inspiration from the wildlife visiting her west Dorset garden, cliff-top and country walks, and from travels much further afield. Alex Ogg is a freelance illustrator who grew up in rural Oxfordshire. While much of his illustration work is produced digitally he tends to work freehand and still prefers the tactility and aesthetics of traditional media. He is inspired by 'Golden Age' illustrators such as Rackham, Beardsley and Dulac, as well as the French Impressionists and a plethora of contemporary illustrators. He is particularly interested in the blurred boundaries between wildlife and the urban environment encroaching on its habitat. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ. Tel: 01300 320684. Free entry and parking. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Family ‘Sharpshooter’ photography workshops

Wednesday 4th of April 2018

Grab your camera, phone or tablet and join professional photographer Alan Ranger at Batsford on a fun 2-hour discovery of the Arboretum with ‘explore & capture’ challenges to complete. Suitable for the whole family, the workshops are a great way to encourage kids to look for colours, patterns and textures and spend more time observing the beauty of nature! You don’t need to be a dab hand with a camera, this fun session is suitable for all abilities using any photo-capturing device. Morning Sessions run from 10am-12pm, afternoon sessions run from 1pm-3pm. The workshop costs £35 for 1 adult & 1 child (extra child £7.50 each/extra adult £12.50 each), price includes Arboretum admission fee. Visit www.alanranger.com/batsford for more details and to book.

Wildlife Gardening: Developing My Patch

Wednesday 4th of April 2018

Phil and Vicki Bruss discuss their experiences in developing their tiny Somerset Garden into a miniature wildlife haven, and talk about some of the creatures that have moved in as a result, between 19:30 & 21:30. Location: Shapwick Village Hall, Station Road, Shapwick TA7 9NJ. Contact Philip Bruss: poldenbruss@outlook.com Cost Members £2.50/Non-members £3/ Children & Students £1.

Dawn Chorus Breakfast

Friday 6th of April 2018

Dawn is a feast for the senses at Kingcombe, near Dorchester. Join DWT’s Neil Gibson for an early morning guided bird walk followed by a hearty full home cooked breakfast at the Kingcombe Centre. £18 per person. Visit www.kingcombe.org for more information and to book your place.

Chesil Rocks!

Friday 6th of April 2018

Join your guide to discover the secrets of Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon. This whistle-stop tour covers everything from the formation of the beach to the rich wildlife and history. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park . Adults £3 Children £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required. Contact us on 01305 206191. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort

For a Raucous Post-Easter Weekend

Friday 6th of April 2018 to Sunday 8th of April 2018

Now in its 12th year (spanning three days from the 6-8 April) The Laugharne Weekend, held in the township of Laugharne, is a low-key celebration of the arts, often referred to as the lesser-known but more raucous answer to Hay. Highlights of this year’s festival line-up include author and journalist John Crace, musicians Jah Wobble, Chris Difford (The Squeeze) and actor/singer David Soul and comedians Adam Kay and Francesca Martinez. Weekend tickets cost £100 and can be bought here: www.thelaugharneweekend.com/tickets

Spring Into Wool

Saturday 7th of April 2018 to Sunday 8th of April 2018

Highly-acclaimed festival of knitting, crochet and wool crafts, featuring over 75 amazing stands from around the UK. Taking place at The Grammar School at Leeds. There's a range of great workshops, lovely food, lots of free demonstrations, and free parking. The perfect event for all lovers of knitting, crochet, feltmaking, weaving, spinning and dyeing. Entrance price ranges from £3 to £5. Find out more here: www.springintowool.co.uk

Open Wildlife Garden

Saturday 7th of April 2018

Come along and enjoy a wildlife friendly garden in Buckleigh between 14:30 - 16:30 . See what’s buzzing among the borders, listen out for bird calls and learn how to make your own patch welcoming to wildlife over a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Location: Up Along, High Street, Buckleigh, Somerset BA6 8SZ. Contact Philip Bruss: poldenbruss@outlook.com. Cost Free but booking essential.

Spring Week

Monday 9th of April 2018 to Friday 13th of April 2018

The week, with its traditional treasure hunt, children’s crafts and garden games is set within the fabulous 13 acres of stunning gardens surrounding the historic house of Godinton. Garden Entry £5 adults, £4 children, the house will be open for tours on Friday 13th April at an additional £5 adults - find out more here: www.godintonhouse.co.uk

Family ‘Sharpshooter’ photography workshops

Monday 9th of April 2018

Grab your camera, phone or tablet and join professional photographer Alan Ranger at Batsford on a fun 2-hour discovery of the Arboretum with ‘explore & capture’ challenges to complete. Suitable for the whole family, the workshops are a great way to encourage kids to look for colours, patterns and textures and spend more time observing the beauty of nature! You don’t need to be a dab hand with a camera, this fun session is suitable for all abilities using any photo-capturing device. Morning Sessions run from 10am-12pm, afternoon sessions run from 1pm-3pm. The workshop costs £35 for 1 adult & 1 child (extra child £7.50 each/extra adult £12.50 each), price includes Arboretum admission fee. Visit www.alanranger.com/batsford for more details and to book.

Family ‘Sharpshooter’ photography workshops

Wednesday 11th of April 2018

Grab your camera, phone or tablet and join professional photographer Alan Ranger at Batsford on a fun 2-hour discovery of the Arboretum with ‘explore & capture’ challenges to complete. Suitable for the whole family, the workshops are a great way to encourage kids to look for colours, patterns and textures and spend more time observing the beauty of nature! You don’t need to be a dab hand with a camera, this fun session is suitable for all abilities using any photo-capturing device. Morning Sessions run from 10am-12pm, afternoon sessions run from 1pm-3pm. The workshop costs £35 for 1 adult & 1 child (extra child £7.50 each/extra adult £12.50 each), price includes Arboretum admission fee. Visit www.alanranger.com/batsford for more details and to book.

Slimy Seaweed - The Fleet Lagoon

Thursday 12th of April 2018

Get slimy with seaweeds of the Fleet Lagoon! Did you know that you put seaweed in your mouth every day? Learn fascinating facts, how to identify seaweeds and have fun pressing them. Wellies advised. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park Children £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required. Contact us on 01305 206191 For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort.

Reptiles Ramble on Upton Heath

Friday 13th of April 2018

Join Dorset Wildlife Trust between 10am-1pm to discover the reptiles waking up for spring on Upton Heath. Snake and lizard activities plus a ramble to look for real reptiles in the wild! Suggested donation £5 per child. Meet at the Urban Wildlife Centre, Beacon Hill Lane, Corfe Mullen BH21 3RX. For more information ring 01202 692033. No unaccompanied children, please.

Caterpillar Kids at Lorton - Tiny Tadpoles

Friday 13th of April 2018

Family fun, wildlife inspired crafts and games, with the Community Conservation Officer. Children £3, must be accompanied. Adults free. Booking essential, please phone 01305 816546. Meet at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. Find out more here: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton.

Hillcrest Wildflower Meadow and Ponds

Friday 13th of April 2018

The wildlife rich meadow and stunning garden will be full of spring flowers…a perfect spot to revive after the long winter. This is the first time these gardens have opened in the Spring. Tea and cakes served and ample parking on site. Dogs are welcome on leads. Where Hillcrest, Curload, near Taunton TA3 6JA. Contact/Booking Information. For more information please email Emma Jones at events@somersetwildlife.org. No Booking required. Cost £4 per person

Sharkstuff Live

Saturday 14th of April 2018

Join shark experts at Kimmeridge for a talk, live demo dissection, displays and shark-themed activities. The shark experts from local organisation SharkStuff are joining us for a thrilling day for all shark-lovers. SharkStuff: Live! starts with a presentation about sharks, both local and worldwide, and the threats they face from the ocean's most feared predator, man! Booking is essential - phone Marine Centre on 01929 481044. The talk starts at 11am.

West Mendip Wildlife Watch Group

Saturday 14th of April 2018

Visit one of our nature reserves, home to some of the best wildflower meadows in the county to learn all about butterflies and create your own mini butterfly garden. Meeting point arranged on booking. Contact/Booking Information. Booking is essential, please contact the West Mendip Watch Leader Sarah Ayling by emailing rrh1@btinternet.com for further information and to book. Cost, free, but donations welcome.

Woodland Birds and Flora Walk

Saturday 14th of April 2018

Practice your bird and wildflower identification skills on a walk through Somerset Wildlife Trust's Harridge Wood Nature Reserve with professional ecologist and Wildlife enthusiast Eve Tigwell. Where: Harridge Woods Nature Reserve, near Nettlebridge. Contact/Booking Information. Booking is essential, so please get in touch to book a place or for more information at events@somersetwildlife.org Cost £4 adults, £2 children.

Bluebell Festival

Monday 16th of April 2018 to Sunday 20th of May 2018

Join us in celebrating this wildflower during bluebell festival at Godolphin. Visit the interactive information display in the Cider House to learn about the native bluebell or why not join a bluebell guided walk. Pick up a family trail or a map showing the best route to admire the blue haze. Find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin

Expert Photographic Learning

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

Grow your knowledge, join Doug and Sue of Capture and Create for a relaxed, educational and friendly day learning superb macro photography tips and techniques on Tuesday 17th April at Godinton. Find out more here: capture-and-create.com/shop/spring-macro-godinton-workshop Booking essential.

Diurnal Raptors

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

Trevor Riddle is an experienced Somerset birdwatcher and he will talk about his experiences watching birds of prey in Somerset. Where: Cheddar Catholic Church Hall, Tweentown, Cheddar BS27 3HU. Contact Dr Ged Keele, please email: gerard.keele@btinternet.com or call 01823 652400. Cost Members £2.50/Nonmembers £3/Children & Students £1.

Herbal Remedies - Healing with Plants

Wednesday 18th of April 2018

Come and find out about the healing and restorative properties of plants with herbal specialist, Julie Wood. The talk will be preceded with a rapid AGM. Join our friendly group of interested enthusiasts at Fontmell Magna Village Hall, SP7 0PF. Everyone welcome £2 (Under 16's free) Tea/coffee and biscuits included. Fontmell Magna Village Hall, West Street, Fontmell Magna Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0PF

The Ecology of Seahorses

Thursday 19th of April 2018

Julie Hatcher is the Marine Officer at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge, and will be able to share her wealth of knowledge on seahorses. Find out about these fascinating creatures and where you can see them locally in their natural habitat. Christchurch Baptist Church, Bargates, Christchurch BH23 1QT. Contact Janet Crichton on 01202 521643 for further information. £2.00 entry, including tea/coffee and biscuits. NUS members free.

The Garden Show at Firle Place

Friday 20th of April 2018 to Sunday 22nd of April 2018

The Garden Show in Spring at Firle Place is now in its 11th year proving that it’s the perfect time and place to plot and plan for the garden year and be inspired to enhance the home and your lifestyle: specialist growers guiding one to the right plant for your garden and the right place in the garden for that plant. Plenty of garden related goods, artisan designs, homeware products, garden furniture, sundries, fashion accessories and the most delicious country foods. Find out more here: www.thegardenshowonline.com

Great Dorset Beach Clean

Sunday 22nd of April 2018

Bring family and friends for our spring clean, helping to clean 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. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park. Children must be accompanied. No Booking required. Call 01305 206191 for more information.

Beach Clean at Worbarrow Bay

Sunday 22nd of April 2018

Help remove the litter washed up on the beach in Worbarrow Bay. Join marine wardens to remove the litter from the beach in beautiful Worbarrow Bay. 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. There is a suggested donation of œ2 for parking. Meet at the beach end of the footpath (map ref SY 865 803). All equipment is provided but please bring a drink and suitable footwear and clothing for an exposed location and walking on a shingle beach. Allow plenty of time for the walk to arrive for the important briefing at the start of the event. This is a free event. Adults and children are welcome.

Clay Sculpture

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Explore the wonderful medium of clay sculpture at Godinton House, near Ashford. For the last twenty five years Brenda has worked with students of all ages and all abilities providing a supportive environment in which to explore their talents. Held between 10am - 4pm, the event is run by local artist, Brenda Burgess. £65.00 including refreshments - booking essential. Find out more by contacting brendaburgess@brendaburgessarts.co.uk

Guided Walks - Local Landscape

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Join Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Nicky Hoar and Knoll Gardens’ Neil Lucas as they take you on a guided walk across Ferndown Common to Knoll Gardens, part of The Great Heath Living Landscape. Discover the similarities of the landscapes as well as their differences as you understand more about the horticulture and wildlife of this glorious part of east Dorset. Meet at Knoll Gardens, Stapehill Rd, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND. Limited numbers so booking essential on 01202 692033 or email nhoar@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Identifying Birds by Sight and Sound

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

9.30 – 4pm. This two-day course is for anyone who is keen to improve their skills in bird identification, whether you’re new to birding or have some experience. Residential £219pp or non-residential £179. For more information and to book visit www.kingcombe.org.uk.

Taunton's Forgotten Watercourses

Thursday 26th of April 2018

Francis Farr Cox unravels the history and mystery of where some of the watercourses around Taunton have disappeared or been diverted. Intriguing look at the ever changing urban landscape. Location: St George’s Catholic School, The Mount, Taunton, TA13NR. Contact Simon Briggs, Tel: 01823 270529 or email: simon.briggs@somersetwildlife.org. Cost Members £2.50/Nonmembers £3/Children & Students £1.

Orchid Care

Friday 27th of April 2018

Run by Christine Bartlett, Orchid Enthusiast, you can learn how to get the most from your orchids by understanding the ways to water, feed, repot and re-flower them. Watch a demonstration and then have a go at repotting an orchid that you can take home. Beginners 10am to 1pm, Intermediate 1.30pm to 4.30pm. It's £35.00 per session including refreshments, materials and an orchid to take home, or £65.00 for two sessions on the same day. Booking essential. Email chris@orchidmania.co.uk for more information.

Waste: Just Rubbish or a Home?

Friday 27th of April 2018

Ecologist Adam Robbins will present an ecological discussion about the benefits of waste and waste ground to the plants and animals of the UK; from micro-creatures and micro-climates to the more common species. Short group AGM will follow. Where: Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster TA19 0DG. Enquiries: 01460 234551 Cost: Members £2.50/Non-members £3/Children & Students £1.

Discover Wildlife on the Seashore

Saturday 28th of April 2018

A guided rockpool ramble in Kimmeridge Bay to discover wildlife on the seashore between 1:30 and 3pm. For adults and families. Join a warden as you wander along the beach 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. This event is weather dependent - phone the Marine Centre on 01929 481044 if unsure.

Dawn Chorus Wild Walk

Saturday 28th of April 2018

Join Batsford birding expert Arthur Ball for a stroll through the Arboretum to hear the beautiful dawn chorus. With more than forty years’ experience, Arthur will keep you informed and entertained about the native and visiting birds and help you identify them through their song. Tickets cost £13 (£10 for Batsford Season Ticket holders) and include an egg & bacon sandwich and a tea or coffee afterwards. For more details, visit www.batsarb.co.uk

Celebrate World Tai Chi Day

Saturday 28th of April 2018

Intrigued by the ancient art of Tai Chi, or fancy helping to celebrate World Tai Chi Day under the spring blossom at Batsford? Join the experts as they demonstrate this fantastic form of exercise for all ages, and have a go yourself. This free session is a great introduction to Tai Chi. For more details, visit www.batsarb.co.uk

Plant Fair

Sunday 29th of April 2018

Godinton House & Gardens open their gates early for the annual Plant Fair on Sunday 29th April. Their local nurseries produce a wonderful range of interesting and unusual plants. These enthusiastic growers are dedicated to providing high quality, established plants and are more than happy to share their knowledge and give advice on the plants they sell. Gates open at 11am. Entry to the gardens and plant fair: £5 adults, the house will be open from 1pm, house tours from 1.30pm at an additional £5 adults - find out more here: info@godintonhouse.co.uk