We had a lovely opening day for Our Wetland Wildlife Event – celebrating 100 years of The Wildlife Trust. It was a quieter day than expected which meant everyone had a very relaxing and enjoyable day. The Wildlife Watch group were in first thing pond dipping, followed by a public pond dipping event in the afternoon.
They caught a magnificent leech and lots of dragonfly nymphs and baby newts.
A fun, fact filled nature trail took visitors to the Woodland Hide, Ivy South Hide and back along the Dockens Water with games and activities along the way. The trail ended in the river for some river dipping, catching bullhead, shrimp and demoiselle flynymphs. Highlights from the bird hides today included a sparrow hawk at the Woodland Hide and a kingfisher at Ivy South Hide. Visitors also enjoyed watching the great crested grebes feeding their young with ambitiously sized fish (!) in front of the hide whilst over at the Tern Hide there were good views of the great white egret all day on the spit.
It was a great day for dragonflies and luckily we had dragonfly experts on hand to catch them and provide us with some awesome close up views.
Wessex Water and Sembcorp Bournemouth Water were based in the Education Centre and set people off on a Water Conservation Trail to see how much water they used in one day. Why not come along and do the Water Trail for yourself tomorrow and pick up some water saving tips for your home?!
We are repeating all of the event tomorrow – pond dipping; river dipping; nature trail; games and activities; and hides with guides- so please come along even if you haven’t booked, just turn up! Park at the Tern Hide car park and then follow the trail over to the Education Centre and round the reserve. The event is running 10am-3.30pm.
We look forward to seeing you!