Visitors discover the natural side of Weymouth and Portland

Rock pooling at Lulworth Cove

Rock pooling at Lulworth Cove

First published in Afloat News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE wild side of Weymouth and Portland is being embraced by Olympic visitors.

Environmental organisations have been working hard to showcase the diverse natural beauty of the area in time for the Games.

The area has much to offer including urban wetlands, wonderful beaches and underwater marine habitats.

The focus of this weekend’s activities will be Portland Bill Tourist Information Centre (TIC), the newly opened Dorset Wildlife Trust Chesil Centre and the RSPB’s Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre – each easy to spot with their “natural” flags.

At Portland Bill TIC members of the partnership will be providing environmental information and children’s activities.

At the Chesil Centre Dorset Wildlife Trust have a range fun materials on display including the litter free coast and sea windsurfing board and wave – made entirely out of marine and beach litter.

There will be activities for young people too including a fossil dig and Jurassic Coast cabinet of curiosity.

At the RSPB’s Wild Weymouth Discover Centre at Radipole Lake in the heart of town family activities will include pond dipping, arts and crafts and, of course, birdwatching for everyone.

Tom Clarke, Wild about Weymouth and Portland project officer, said: “From the chalk Ridgeway in the north, through the urban wetlands, the wonderful sandy Weymouth Beach, underwater marine habitats, Chesil Beach, The Fleet, Portland quarries and all the way along the Weares to Portland Bill, Weymouth and Portland has so many different experiences to offer.

“I actually can’t think of another place that has all this right on its doorstep.”

“We really want the area to shine and to show people what a wonderful place this is.

“To do this we’ve improved many of the area’s wildlife venues.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the very best of what the area has to offer.”

The Natural Weymouth & Portland partnership includes Dorset Coast Forum, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Partnership, Natural England, RSPB, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council , Wild About Weymouth & Portland and Dorset Countryside.

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