Events in July 2018



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Macro Photography Weekend

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

Develop your macro and close-up photography of plants and invertebrates, improve your field craft and overcome the challenges. Residential £289 per person, non-residential, £209 per person. For more information and to book visit www.kingcombe.org or phone 01300 320684.

Nature Detectives Trail - Amazing Meadows

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

Find the bugs, hoppers & beetles hiding among Lorton's wildflowers & celebrate National Meadows Day. œ1/child. Pick up a trail guide from the Conservation Centre and become a nature detective, follow the trail & find the clues. Approximately 30 - 45 minutes. No need to book, available all day. Children œ1, must be accompanied. Start at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Lorton Meadows Wildflower Walk

Saturday 7th of July 2018

Discover black knapweed, bird's-foot trefoil, grass vetchling on National Meadows Day. Join us for a fabulous guided walk around Lorton Meadows nature reserve. Booking essential £3/adult, £2/child, please phone 01305 816546. No unaccompanied children. Meet at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event. Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, bird webcams, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton.

Nature Detectives Trail - Amazing Meadows

Sunday 8th of July 2018

Find the bugs, bees & beetles hiding among Lorton's wildflowers & celebrate National Meadows Day. Pick up a trail guide from the Conservation Centre and become a nature detective, follow the trail & find the clues. Approximately 30 - 45 minutes. No need to book, available all day. Children £1, must be accompanied.

Health and Wellbeing Walk at Lorton

Monday 9th of July 2018

Join us for a gentle weekly walk around Lorton Meadows nature reserve - your first step to better wellbeing. Join us for a gentle weekly walk around Lorton Meadows nature reserve - your first step to better wellbeing. You don't need to know anything about nature, or be physically fit and you can even borrow welly boots, waterproofs and walking poles for the walk. No need to book. Adults suggested donation £3, includes free tea/coffee in the Conservation Centre afterwards. Meet at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre at 10am, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH.

Guided walk - butterflies on Portland

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Join the Portland Project Officer for a guided walk around the disused quarry. Join the Portland Project Officer for a guided walk around the disused quarry to discover how wildlife, particularly butterflies, have recolonised the site. With stunning views across Chesil beach, hidden sculpted surprises around every corner and butterflies galore, this is a walk not to be missed. Please wear suitable footwear. Booking essential, please contact the Chesil Centre on 01305 20619. Adults £3, Children £2.

Outdoor theatre: The Pirates of Penzance

Friday 13th of July 2018

When a young man named Frederic leaves the band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability, hilarity ensues. Pack a picnic to enjoy before the performance and settle down for an evening of entertainment. Price: Adult £16, child £8, 7om-9:30pm. Booking essential 0344 249 1895 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

The Heath at Dusk

Friday 13th of July 2018

Upton Heath and Nightjars meet at end of Beacon Road Broadstone. As night descends on Upton Heath, experience the sights and sounds of the emerging nocturnal wildlife. With luck nightjars and bats will be out and about. Meet at the end of Beacon Road, Broadstone.BH18 9JN off Pinespring Drive / Roman Road. Corfe Mullen Contact dwtpoole2@hotmail.co.uk or on the day 07947 141539. Use insect repellents and wear warm clothing. Suggest £2 donation. Sorry Canine friends to stay at home. Poole Group.

Nature Detectives Trail - Dazzling Dragonflies

Saturday 14th of July 2018

Find the dazzling dragonflies and delicate damselflies waiting to be discovered at Lorton Meadows. £1 per child. Find the dazzling dragonflies and delicate damselflies waiting to be discovered at Lorton Meadows. Pick up a trail guide from the Conservation Centre and become a nature detective, follow the trail & find the clues. Approximately 30 - 45 minutes. No need to book, available all day. Children œ1, must be accompanied. Start at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH.

Bee Day at Knoll Gardens

Saturday 14th of July 2018

Open your eyes to the wonderful world of bees between 11am - 4pm! Learn from experts on guided walks and discover the best plants to attract bees to your garden. Normal garden admission prices. For further information on Knoll Gardens please use this link www.knollgardens.co.uk or ring 01202 873931.

Seashore Safari - Fleet Lagoon

Saturday 14th of July 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. 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, Wellies advised. Contact us on 01305 20619.

Butterfly, Dragonfly & Invertebrates Identification Workshop

Sunday 15th of July 2018

A practical introduction to the world of invertebrates, covering some of our most fascinating creatures such as bees, butterflies and beetles. Learn basic identification skills, examine both living and preserved specimens, and try out various techniques including sweep-netting and pitfall trapping. Aimed at adults this event costs £2 and booking is essential. 10am-12pm at Melbourne Arm, Pocklington Canal, Yorkshire, YO42 4QJ.

Open Garden

Sunday 15th of July 2018

Michael Evans is again opening his wildlife friendly garden. Tea and cake will be available. There will also be the results of the previous night moth trap. Garden at Farrs Coach House with ample parking next door at Farrs House with walk through. Map ref ST998003. (on road from Wimborne to Cowgrove) Suggested donation £3 per adult. Wimborne Group.

Hands-on Wildlife Conservation

Monday 16th of July 2018 to Friday 20th of July 2018

Join us for wildlife surveys, practical conservation, fine food and great company on this five day holiday with partners, Wild Days Conservation. Based around the Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve and surrounding countryside. Residential £690pp

Health & wellbeing walk at Lorton

Monday 16th of July 2018

Join us for a gentle weekly walk around Lorton Meadows nature reserve - your first step to better wellbeing. You don't need to know anything about nature, or be physically fit and you can even borrow welly boots, waterproofs and walking poles for the walk. No need to book. Adults suggested donation £3, includes free tea/coffee in the Conservation Centre afterwards. Meet at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event.Toilets, parking, cycle racks, bird webcams, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please phone 01305 816546 or see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton.

Improving Meadows and Grasslands

Friday 20th of July 2018

You’ll head out into Dorset Wildlife Trust’s glorious wildflower meadows on Kingcombe Meadows (a short stroll from the Centre), to look at characteristic species like common knapweed, yellow rattle and local favourite corky-fruited water dropwort, and to talk about harvesting seed. £65 pp www.kingcombe.org

Lorton Meadows Butterfly Walk

Saturday 21st of July 2018

Wander the meadows & identify butterflies, so you can record which visit your local area. Adult £3, Child £2. Wander the meadows & identify butterflies, so you can record which visit your local patch for the Big Butterfly Count. Join us for a fabulous guided walk around Lorton Meadows nature reserve. Booking essential £3/adult, £2/child, please phone 01305 816546. No unaccompanied children.

Scything Workshop

Saturday 21st of July 2018

The scythe is enjoying a resurgence in the UK thanks to imported lightweight continental scythes. Such tools are surprisingly effective and enjoyable to use, and a low tech, low carbon alternative. With the right knowhow, you can tackle small meadows, weeds such as nettles, grassy verges and even lawns. Having steadily evolved for at least 2,000 years, this really is a tool of the future! £85pp

Barn Dance & Hog Roast

Saturday 21st of July 2018

Join us for the return of our hugely popular barn dance with local bank Jeroka. Tickets must be pre-booked and you can get them by calling us on 01300 320684. £10 per adult ticket, £5 children.

Lorton Meadows Butterfly Walk

Saturday 21st of July 2018

Wander the meadows & identify butterflies, so you can record which visit your local patch for the Big Butterfly Count. Join us for a fabulous guided walk around Lorton Meadows nature reserve. Booking essential £3/adult, £2/child, please phone 01305 816546. No unaccompanied children. Meet at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. The reserve can be muddy, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather. Please notify us of important medical information prior to the event.Toilets, parking, cycle racks, tea/coffee machine, bird webcams, wildlife gifts & guides available. For more information please see www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/lorton.

Bicentenary Festival & Boat Rally

Saturday 28th of July 2018 to Sunday 29th of July 2018

Join us to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the canal’s opening, with lots of activities and the bicentenary boat rally at Melbourne Arm to celebrate the reopening of Thornton Lock. There’ll be archaeology and kayaking at Canal Head too. Free entry, donations for boat trips. 10am – 4pm at Melbourne Arm & Canal Head, Pocklington Canal Yorkshire. For further event information and to book workshops visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk