Stride out on a stroll and help Dorset wildlife

Dorset Echo: BEST FOOT FORWARD: Walking along the Purbeck coastline BEST FOOT FORWARD: Walking along the Purbeck coastline

PUT your best foot forward and stroll out for wildlife.

That’s the call going out to Dorset residents as organisers announce details of this year’s Walk for Wildlife.

The walk, which takes in the stunning beauty of the Jurassic Coast and a number of coastal landmarks, takes place on Sunday, April 13.

There are two routes to choose from – either 7 miles or 13 miles – both starting and ending at Leeson House, Langton Matravers.

The walks are suitable for all, from ramblers to families with toddlers and those with canine companions, say organisers from Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT).

This will be the 16th event. Since the fundraiser started, more than 3,200 people have taken part and more than £55,000 has been donated to DWT’s important conservation work in Dorset.

Individual Giving Manager for DWT Fiona Sansom said: “Walk for Wildlife is always a popular event with our supporters as it’s a fantastic opportunity to get out and put a ‘spring’ in your step.

“It is a great way to see wildlife, get some fresh air and exercise, and help support Dorset Wildlife Trust.

“Some people even take it on as a personal challenge and get sponsored for their walk, especially for the longer route, which is very rewarding.

“It also means that others not taking part in the walk can contribute to conserving Dorset’s wildlife on land and in the sea.

“Whichever route you choose, you are guaranteed to see some of Dorset’s most iconic views and wildlife.”

Wildlife previously spotted includes peregrine falcons, hummingbird hawkmoths and even dolphins.

Both routes pass through Durlston Country Park and past Anvil Point Lighthouse, which has stunning views along the Jurassic Coast. There will be a part of the beautiful coastline to explore that will extend to Dancing Ledge for the 7 mile route and St Aldhems Head for the 13 mile route.

Walkers can register at 7am on the day at Leeson House. The registration fee is £5 per child, £15 per adult and £35 per family.

For more information and to register online visit dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01305 264620.

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