Half-term this week and as such the Education team have been busy hosting bird activities in conjunction with Pathways and The Bridges Children’s Centres and caring for children engaged in Wild Days Out school holiday activities.
The Wild Days Out theme this half-term was entitled “Legends of the Lakes” and provided plenty of opportunity for exploring the reserve whilst finding out more about local legends and folklore; the (inappropriately named!?) willo-the-wisp, Lawrence, who used to cause havoc in the New Forest bogs, the similarly gruesome Grindylows who would lure children into ponds and rivers, the Burley Dragon, the Mockbeggar Man, Alice Lisle and more.
Things took an unexpected turn however when we had a report of a large black cat on the reserve, seen fleetingly on the lichen heath and it is truly amazing what evidence of this panther like creature we then managed to stumble across during our travels:
All, almost, believable!