On Saturday 6th August you can join Peter Shallcross on a guided visit to the 320 acre Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve. Set on the cliff tops looking out over Durlston Bay, south of Swanage, most of it designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, the Park has been owned by Dorset County Council for the last 50 years.
The plan is to meet up with Paul Jones, Durlston Countryside Ranger, at the Durlston Learning Centre, on the opposite side of the car park (at BH19 2JL) from Durlston Castle at 11 o’clock.
Depending on what people particularly wish to see, we expect Paul to lead us on a walk for a couple of hours. There’ll then be a break for lunch (you can bring your own or visit the Seventh Wave café in the Castle) and/or head for home or spend the afternoon doing further exploring.
There is no limit on numbers. Members will have received instructions via email for this field trip. Non-members (Guests) can join us for £2 per adult. Any Guests wishing to join this field trip must please contact us in advance and let us know whether you will meet us at Durlston Castle or at the Nadder Centre on Weaveland Road at 9:30 if you need a lift.
by Dick Budden
Photo: Barn owl
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