Dorset Wildlife Trust is organizing rock pool rambles, dolphin watching and eco-crabbing during National Marine Weeks, a two-week summer festival from Sunday 24 July – Monday 8 August in celebration of the fascinating, colourful, diverse and often surprising marine wildlife found in Dorset.
This year, Wildlife Trusts across the UK are celebrating ‘seaside superheroes’ to shine a light on the extraordinary sea creatures and plants which are helping to fight climate change and water pollution or have amazing powers to help them survive.
Dorset, says the local trust, has the most astonishing marine wildlife, from secretive seahorses and delightful dolphins to colour-changing cuttlefish and rock-licking limpets.
To celebrate Marine Weeks, Dorset Wildlife Trust has planned a series of special events to get families and individuals involved in exploring the seashore and wider marine environment to discover some of the bounty that these habitats have to offer.
At Kimmeridge Bay, there will be the opportunity to join a dolphin watching session on the cliff-top look-out, explore underwater marine life on the snorkel trail, or take part in eco-friendly crabbing and rock pooling activities led by our expert wardens.
At the Wild Seas Centre at Kimmeridge, a state-of-the-art underwater camera will broadcast live footage to a screen inside the centre to showing Kimmeridge Bay beneath the waves. All without getting wet. The centre staff will be getting the microscopes out on Plankton Day when visitors can discover the amazing diversity of plankton found in water samples collected from Kimmeridge Bay and also learn about the vital role that these miniature organisms play in our oceans.
Over at Chesil Beach, there’s the chance to join the Strandline Detectives walk to hunt for wildlife treasure washed in from the sea and to find out what lives in the deeper water. Or visitors can take a trip on the glass-bottomed Fleet Explorer boat, which makes regular trips around part of the spectacular Fleet Lagoon, to explore its incredible underwater wildlife.
To find out dates, details and costs of all the events happening in Dorset for Marine Weeks, go to dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events