Could you help keep track of Dorset wildlife?

Could you help keep track of Dorset wildlife?

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 8:46am 30th December 2019.

Local people are being asked to monitor beaches, from rock pools to fossils.

If you live in Weymouth, Portland or Purbeck and would like to help Dorset Wildlife Trust in important conservation work, they're looking for new volunteer recruits.

They need help at the Chesil Beach Centre on Portland and the Wild Seas Centre in Kimmeridge. 

No expertise is required as all volunteers will be provided with free training to equip them with the basic knowledge and skills necessary, such as:

  • the identification of rock pool animals and seaweeds, geology and fossils
  • how to carry out simple seashore surveys to monitor wildlife and activities 
Phil Abraham
Volunteers at the Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge

The DWT says its aim is to enable visitors to its centres leave feeling empowered to make simple changes in their everyday lives that benefit the planet and help tackle the environmental issues of our day.  

Wild Seas Centre officer Julie Hatcher said: 

"We have an amazing team of volunteers at Kimmeridge and Chesil with a wide range of backgrounds and ages. What they all have in common is a passion for wildlife and a desire to help ensure its well-being. 

"We're a friendly and fun bunch of people to work with and are looking forward to welcoming some new faces to our Centres in 2020.

"By joining the volunteer marine wardens, you could learn valuable new skills, help your local wildlife and play your part in combating the ecological crisis at the same time."

Open sessions at both centres will be held in early February, when you can come and meet the staff and volunteers and find out more about what they do.

To register your interest: 

Chesil: Sam Dallimore on 01305 206191 or email

Kimmeridge: Julie Hatcher on 01929 481044 or email