The annual Bird Fair at Rutland Nature Reserve takes place from Friday 21 August to Sunday 23 August 2015. The event, which is jointly promoted by RSPB and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, is contributing to the protection of migratory birds in the eastern Mediterranean. Sunday tickets are at a reduced price for RSPB and Wildlife Trust members. For more information visit the Bird Fair website.
The following message has been sent to Needs Ore Nature Reserve permit holders
Dear Permit Holder
Needs Ore Nature Reserve – Coastal Access
You may be aware of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 gave Natural England the duty to create a continuous public footpath around the coast of England. This is being done in stages, and officers have now been appointed to establish a path along the western Solent. The coastal path usually follows the land immediately above the high water mark, unless it is ‘excepted land’ (such as gardens attaching to residential property), when the path has to be routed inland. Areas designated for nature conservation are not ‘excepted’ in the legislation, so NE may well be proposing a continuous path from Park Shore to the Needs Ore and then along the sea wall in front of the Blackwater. In addition, any land between the path and the sea, and in some places inland of the path as well, will be designated ‘spreading room’ where people can picnic, play ball games etc.
We are concerned that this could have a serious effect on the nature reserve, particularly ground nesting and over wintering birds. Whilst one can ask walkers to keep dogs on leads we all know what will happen in reality; I am only too aware of your feelings when one person with or without their dog walks in front of the hides and the effect this has on the bird life. My fear is that if there is such a path we may quickly find there are no longer any Avocet chicks and other birds of interest to observe.
We will be proposing that the path takes an inland route around the whole of the nature reserve to avoid disturbance, not just to the wildlife, but also to those of you who enjoy a different form of access by quietly observing the bird life.
If any of you share our concerns about the coastal footpath and the effect that public access may have on the wildlife and the flora, I would very much like to hear you views either by email or by post.
Rachel Pearson BSc(Hons) MRICS
Resident Agent Beaulieu Estate
(Reproduced with permission)
If you would like to express any views, positive or negative, on the proposed route of the coastal path,please contact Rachel on the above email link.
All 18 of BTO’s satellite tagged cuckoos have left the UK, some already have crossed the Sahara; over 3000 swifts were seen leaving Spurn Head in Yorkshire and crossbills and other birds are on the move. For more information visit the BTO Migration Blog.
RSPB New Forest Local Group’s programme of indoor meetings and guided walks for the year October 2015 to September 2016 is now available to download. Click to download RSPB Programme 2015-2016.
A report of the evening walk at Keyhaven on 11 July is now published on the RSPB site.
If you fancy taking part in the Big Butterfly Count this year, it runs from 19 July until 9 August. You can download a butterfly identification sheet and recording form from: bigbutterflycount.org. Good places to see butterflies locally include Kings Copse, Wootton Coppice, Frohawk Ride, Broughton Down and Martin Down.
The RSPB New Forest Local Group’s indoor programme of talks for the year October 2015 to September 2016 is now virtually complete and can be viewed in the Talks section.