Lymington-Keyhaven Reserve Open Day 2016

The annual reserve open day will be held this year on Sunday, 18 September 2016.

The event takes place in a field off Normandy Lane, Lymington (SZ 330 940).  This site lies adjacent to Normandy Lagoon and offers lots of opportunities for guided walks and observing wildlife.

As in previous years, RSPB New Forest Local Group will have a stand at the open day to provide information to local people about our programme and generally help make the event a success.  A marquee, table and chairs will be provided by the organisers so there is only minimal setting up required.  However, help with  running the stand and possibly assisting with guided walks, observing the lagoons, etc. is needed.  We may even run a competition.

The event runs from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm and the site will be open for setting up stands/displays from 10.00 am. Vehicles can then be parked at the other end of the field away from the event site.

If you are a RSPB New Forest Local Group member and are able to help, please respond via the Contact Us form.

Tern Rafts

On our stroll round Keyhaven Marshes on 5 July 2016, we were joined by Charlotte and Matt from the RSPB tern project.  The long-tern aim of the project is to attract roseate terns back to the Pennington/Keyhaven Marshes as a breeding species.  Initially, the focus will be on increasing the common tern breeding success and to do this the plan is to introduce tern rafts to the lagoons in future breeding seasons.  The rafts will be built to Bob Chapman’s design as used successfully at Blashford Lakes.  Charlotte and Matt asked whether any RSPB New Forest Local Group members might be able to help with assembly of the rafts.  No time or dates yet, but if you would be interested in helping, please respond via the contact us form.

Walks and Talks 2016-17

The Walks and Talks sections have been updated to include the 2016-17 Indoor and Field Trips Programmes.  These sections include further details of speakers that do not appear in the published programme as well as SatNav information for the starting locations of walks including nearest postcode and co-ordinates.

Message from Samantha Tollworthy, Blast Films

“I am the Wildlife Producer on a new series for Channel 4 called The Forest and I was hoping that you may be able to help me.

I am looking to find wildlife stories within the New Forest that can be told through the seasons and was hoping that there may be members that have the knowledge or insight into the best individuals and groups of animals that we may be able to film (stags, bats, tawny owls, hobbys, buzzards etc)

I would love to speak with those with a keen interest about the behavioural changes through the seasons, monitoring wildlife or to people with wildlife on their property.

I am looking for both people that are keen to film both off camera but also on camera.

It would be great to have the chance to speak with anybody who may be interested over the phone.”

If you would like to contact Samantha, let me know through the Contact Us form and I will pass on her email and telephone number.


National Grid Visual Impact Provision Project

Hale Purlieu in the northern New Forest is one of four sites nationally being taken forward for feasibility assessment for ameliorating the visual impact of overhead power lines.  The proposal is to reroute the 400kV lines underground in the area where the visual impact of pylons is deemed to be worst.  More details on the project can be found HERE.  Of particular interest is the Options Appraisal Study.  An Environmental Impact Assessment is to be undertaken regardless of whether there is a statutory requirement to complete one.

RSPB New Forest Local Group will be invited onto the Community Liaison Group and we would therefore be interested to hear from those who know the area well more about the birds and wildlife of that area of the forest.  You can comment either by reply to this post or by using the Contact Us form.