Kimmeridge Marine Wildlife Centre

Kimmeridge Marine Wildlife Centre

Published at 3:28pm 23rd January 2018. (Updated at 4:21pm 23rd January 2018)

Kimmeridge Marine Wildlife Centre are looking for new volunteers. Could this be your new year challenge?

It's remote and rugged. Dramatic in the winter and beautiful in the summer and you could be getting involved there this year!

I couldn't resist the opportunity to drive down and take a look for myself and I'm glad I did. I met up with Marine Awareness Officer Julie Hatcher in her office overlooking the choppy bay whilst her two gorgeous dogs sat on the floor near us chewing away at their toys. She told me a bit more about the centre and its mission.

Kimmeridge volunteers Phil Abraham
PHOTO: Volunteer wardens at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, Kimmeridge © Phil Abraham


Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is looking for new recruits to join a keen group of volunteers at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge, Dorset.

DWT is inviting local people who would like to do something valuable for wildlife, and have time to offer on a regular basis, to take part. No expertise is required as all volunteers will be provided with free training to equip them with the basic knowledge and skills necessary. Training will include topics such as the identification of rock pool animals, seaweed identification, marine conservation, and fossils.

This is an exciting time to join the team as the Centre is also undergoing a transformation, thanks to funding from the Coastal Communities Fund, which will see new interpretation installed, including a 3D seabed, enabling visitors to explore the seabed in a new and exciting way. The Centre will also be adopting a new name, to be unveiled when it is re-launched in April.

Julie Hatcher, Marine Awareness Officer, said: “We have an amazing team of volunteers at Kimmeridge from 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 the marine centre in 2018."

Volunteers will work alongside DWT staff to help enthuse visitors about marine wildlife conservation, take part in surveys and research projects, join organised parties carrying out practical tasks and spread the conservation message to school groups and at events taking place in Kimmeridge Bay.

By joining the volunteer marine wardens, you could learn valuable new skills and help your local wildlife at the same time!

An open session at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge will be held in February, where you can meet the staff and volunteers and find out more about what they do. There are a limited number of vacancies so if you think you’re suited to join the hardworking team then contact Julie Hatcher to register your interest on 01929 481044 or email with any queries.

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