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Large-scale wildlife survey at Chesil Beach

PUBLISHED: 11:35 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 14 June 2017

Wildflowers and the Chesil Centre � Nicola Whitehead

Wildflowers and the Chesil Centre � Nicola Whitehead

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Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is hosting an exciting and fascinating all day BioBlitz event at its Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Sunday 25 June 2017, with activities and events running from 8am to 5pm.

People of all ages are invited and encouraged to join in with this large-scale wildlife survey of Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon on what promises to be a really fun and informative day.

Chesil will be a hub of activity as staff, volunteers and members of the public embark on various walks to look for, identify and record as much wildlife as possible. Things to look out for at on the beach include the charismatic little terns along with other birds including the little egret and the ringed plover. There will also be the chance to go on a plant walk to see species such as birds-foot-trefoil, kidney vetch and herb robert. A rock pool activity will allow visitors to try and find marine creatures such as shore crabs and edible crabs. There will be opportunities to search for and identify other exciting wildlife including butterflies, moths and minibeasts, with wildlife specialists on hand throughout the day to offer their expertise.

The meeting point for the BioBlitz will be the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Beach Road, Portland, Dorset, DT4 9XE. Entry to the event is free with no need to book. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult and there is a pay and display car park at the Chesil Centre. To really make a day of it, visitors can also call in to the popular Taste Café, which is situated within the Chesil Centre and serves a selection of hot and cold food and drinks.

To find out more information on the Great Chesil BioBlitz, contact the Chesil Beach Centre on 01305 206191 or email nwhitehead@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

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