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10 wildlife walks happening in Dorset this summer

PUBLISHED: 13:08 24 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:08 24 June 2019

Red Squirrel on Brownsea Island, Dorset.

Red Squirrel on Brownsea Island, Dorset.

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Get yourself immersed amongst Dorset's wildlife this summer with one of these guided walks

2 July: Farm Walk at Charmouth

This Get Dorset Buzzing (GDB) event features an early evening walk at Hogchester Farm led by DWT Conservation Officer Nick Gray and farm owner Rob through some recently created wildflower meadows, surveying for pollinators and discussing their value. Starts 6pm. Hogchester Farm, Axminster Road, Charmouth, DT6 6BY.

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5 July: Morning Walk on Fontmell Down

Guided walk exploring the flora and fauna of this chalk downland. Meet just before 10am at National Trust car park.

Booking essential 01258 880699.

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14 July: Kimmeridge Beach Walk & Etches Fossil Collection Visit

Enjoy a guided walk on Kimmeridge Beach and then visit The Etches Collection: Museum of Jurassic Marine Life which tells the story of the creatures that once lived in Dorset's Jurassic seas. Runs 10.30am - 12.30pm. Booking on 01308 422538

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18 July: Butterfly Walk in Tout Quarry

Join a two hour guided walk around this disused quarry to discover how wildlife has re-colonised the site. Starts 10am.

Book on 01305 206191.

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20 July: Flowers & Pollinators at Fontmell Down

Two hour guided walk with wardens looking at flowers, butterflies and other insects. Starts 11am. Booking essential on rbrunt@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

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20 July: Lorton Meadows Butterfly Walk

Wander the meadows at this nature reserve near Weymouth and identify butterflies, so you can record which visit your local patch. Runs 2- 4pm.

Booking on 01305 816546.

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24 July: Wildflower Walks, Myths & Magic

Wildflower expert Nick Gray takes you on a tour of the wildflower reserve at Kingcombe andexplain the myths and magic behind some of our most iconic wildflowers. Followed by dinner and Q&A. Day course £75. Book at kingcombe.org

or call 01300 320684.

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25 July: Widlife Wellbeing Walk at Chesil Beach

A gentle, relaxing health walk around Chesil Beach & The Fleet Lagoon, taking in the seasonal wildlife. Starts 11am from Chesil Beach Centre.

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27 July: Bat Walk

Join local bat expert Chris Dieck for this evening walk. Meet at Stour Meadows car park, Blandford Forum 8.30pm.

Booking essential 01258 880699.

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28 July: Lifecycle of Dragonflies

Explore the wonderful world of dragonflies with a walk across Upton Heath to spot adult damsflies and dragonflies on the wing, followed by a pond-dipping session. Meet at Upton Heath Nature Reserve end of Longmeadow Lane at 10.30am.

Contact dwtpoole2@hotmail.co.uk.

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