Weymouth has amazingly diverse wildlife – from rare butterflies to visiting dolphins and very cheeky squirrels (in the Nothe Gardens). It also boasts not one, but two Nature Reserves, where the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) hosts educational birdwatching events and trails.
Weymouth Sea Life Centre provides an amazing day out for all the family. Discover thousands of awe-inspiring creatures from both above and below the ocean waves including the ever popular sharks and penguins. The Sea Life Centre has a highly successful breeding programme for many creatures such as seahorses, pipefish and weedy seadragons.
The Dorset Wildlife Trust puts on several events a year, such as volunteer natural environment clean-ups or expert talks on local wildlife – it’s well worth checking out their website to see what’s on.
Weymouth sits in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast. Walk along any rocky beach of the Jurassic coast, and you’re quite likely to find your very own dinosaur fossils. There are many dinosaur sharks’ teeth (locally known as Devil’s Fingers) and ammonites, or you could be lucky enough to find an ichthyosaurus (a kind of prehistoric sea-dragon). Jurassic Coast.org holds many ‘Fossil Walks’ and ‘Dinosaur Lectures’ in the Charmouth area, which make a great day out while holidaying in Weymouth.
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