Rockpool Ramble Revelations

Written by Hazel Munt, Fine Foundation Marine Centre Assistant (Skills for the Future).

Since it was a warm and still day we decided to take advantage of the clear waters and low tide and investigate what could be found in the colourful waters at Kimmeridge Bay.  I went out with Sarah, who is a previous trainee and now volunteers, we went straight to washing ledge, which is the largest ledge at Kimmeridge, and in the warm shallow pools started finding peacocks tail everywhere. Continue reading

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World Oceans Day Cruise

Written by: Hazel Munt – Marine Centre Assistant, Kimmeridge

With great anticipation we started to leave the harbour, wondering what the trip would bring, and if we would see anything at all.  The worry was short lived as, almost instantly, we saw mediterranean gulls along the quay, and as we got further out, saw the cormorants swimming along with their heads barely above water.  Continue reading

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Getting Wild at Girdlers

 

Frances and Ed standing in front of the previous completed dead hedge.

Frances and Ed standing in front of the previous completed dead hedge.

Day 1 at Girdlers Coppice

It was time to fly the nest and spend some time away from the wardens. Michelle, Ed and myself wanted to work independently and put our skills and knowledge to good practice. There was an opportunity for the three of us to work on some hazel coppicing at Girdlers Coppice, SSSI and a semi-natural ancient woodland just outside of Sturminster Newton. The hazel stools are divided into compartments and on a 15 year rotation. Our aim over the following days was to construct a dead hedge that would be finished off by our volunteers. Continue reading

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Love Bugs and Boggarts invade Dorset!

 

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.  Continue reading

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Skills for the Future – our halfway update

How time flies!  It seems only yesterday that we all looked around the room at each other, sharing that nervous tension of a new beginning as Steve welcomed us to the programme and promised us that we’d be a great team in no time and would enjoy every minute of it.  We needn’t have worried!  6 months on and we are all gaining so much experience and confidence – the transformation is amazing! Continue reading

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A spring in our steps

Spring is well under way – the flowers are blossoming, bird chicks are growing fast and the weather is occasionally warm. Fittingly, the trainees are also progressing with the program – we are at the four month marker now, how time flies when you’re having fun!

Whilst each trainee has been focussing on specific aspects of conservation that they would like to train up on, we have also had a number of joint training sessions. These have usually been identification sessions on a variety of Dorset-wide species such as crayfish, amphibians, dragonflies and damselflies, and reptiles, and led by various staff members of Dorset Wildlife Trust. Continue reading

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Fresh Faces

Across the varied landscapes of Dorset, some fresh new faces have appeared in the Dorset Wildlife Trust. From the wild and dramatic coast at Chesil, to the island beauty of Brownsea, and into the softer lush hills at Kingcombe, the most recent intake of Skills For The Future trainees are deep into our training curve.

With the basics covered as a whole group, including the usual induction, Health and Safety, and a First Aid qualification, we have each been getting to grips with the niche training role at our local centre. Whether it’s been learning to lead work parties, taking part in survey work or engaging visitors at a centre, I know that every one of us is thoroughly enjoying our role.

Adding fences and fresh gravel to the tern islands at Brownsea

Adding fences and fresh gravel to the tern islands at Brownsea

As I write, our first month in the traineeship has drawn to a close and we’re starting into the second month, so I thought that it was high time to introduce ourselves to the blogosphere. Continue reading

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