“Walking Picnics” are back in the centre again this Sunday (4th December) serving Christine’s delicious home-baked cakes and hot drinks from the classroom pop up cafe so don’t forget your wallet/purse! A percentage of their takings on the day directly supports our work at Blashford Lakes so you can enjoy a guilty pleasure knowing that you are supporting wildlife by doing so! They have also very kindly agreed to sell Wildlife Trust Calendars, Christmas cards, and our small selection of FSC ID guides and books, the proceeds of which all contribute towards funding work in the centre and out on the reserve. In addition our talented woodturning volunteer Geoff Knott has this week donated 4 lovely wooden bowls for us to sell in aid of the reserve. Turned from some reclaimed timber found on the nearby Linwood Nature Reserve they are really lovely, so if you are stuck for Christmas present ideas do see if there is anything here that will help you out of a bind and help us at the same time too!
And if you are stuck for present ideas have you seen Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trusts new on-line shop yet? Re-launched last month with a great new range of locally produced cards, produce and gifts the range of goods for sale is increasing all the time and is well worth a look: http://shop.hiwwt.org.uk/
And if you have unashamedly finished your Christmas shopping, or can’t bring yourself to start yet(!), there are plenty of other reasons to visit Blashford this weekend apart from cake on Sunday – as usual the wildlife is wonderful and the Woodland Hide in particular is now coming into its own with the arrival of colder weather with lots of tits, finches, and other woodland birds, including jays all busying themselves around the feeders.
And if that doesn’t entice you here, maybe these pictures kindly sent in by Mark Wright will – thank you Mark!