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Love Bugs and Boggarts invade Dorset!

March 4, 2015

 

Visitors 'love bugs' showing their favourite wildlife

Visitors ‘love bugs’ showing their favourite wildlife

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks down here at Chesil Beach Centre, educating a range of age groups both here at the centre and out and about. 

St Peters School from Bournemouth visited on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday bringing a total of 250 students to the centre – the whole of year 9!  They learnt all about Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, the weather was brilliant with the sun shining as they ran up the great Chesil Beach Bank.

We also delivered our first outreach session, planned by Melissa, to one of the local primay schools – Holy Trinity.  We brought our creatures of Chesil beach to the classroom, surprising children (and teachers!) with amazing marine adaptations and environmental protection.  They seemed to thoroughly enjoy it and we had lots of interested questions from the children.

Half term started well with an event ‘I love wildlife’ that Melissa ran on Valentine’s Day with a bit of help from our volunteers.  She got lots of families involved in making bird feeders, planting wildflowers, making badges and adding a love bug with their favourite wildlife to our growing ‘I love wildlife’ board.

We both helped at Lorton with their half term events which had children making mini nature reserves in boxes on one day and making Boggart puppets out of clay and woodland materials the day after. A Boggart is a term used in English folklore for a spirit or a malevolent beast inhabiting fields, marshes or other topographical features, in our case woodland.

The photo does not do justice to this mini nature haven, beautifully crafted with bubbling brook, shrubs and wooded areas there is plenty for all our wildlife friends.

The photo does not do justice to this mini nature haven, beautifully crafted with bubbling brook, shrubs and wooded areas there is plenty for all our wildlife friends.

Here be Boggarts! This motley crew are a selection of the puppets made by visiting children at Lorton.

Here be Boggarts! This motley crew is a selection of the puppets made by visiting children at Lorton.

Back at Chesil, Nadine developed a new event ‘Chesil Code Crackers’ which Melissa and a few volunteers helped to deliver. This involved children cracking codes unlocking their inner Sherlock Holmes using a code decipherer whilst finding out about the local Chesil wildlife. The event went well and we will be running it again during the Easter holidays.

The centre was busy with visitors all week, even during the spells of wet weather and children could take part in spotting wildlife pictures hidden around the centre throughout the entire half term week.

~ Nadine Atchison-Balmond & Melissa Spiers, Heritage Lottery funded Wildlife Skills trainees

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