It’s been wet! Lovely to see some sunshine today, and today certainly saw a few more visitors than we have been seeing earlier in the week.
Unfortunately I spent most of it in or around the centre drying off and cleaning up very wet and muddy gear courtesy of a very wet and muddy day in our bushcraft/wild play area where staff members from New Forest Care were (very gamely given the weather and ground conditions I have to say) enjoying a Forest School taster course…
Tomorrow the weather is looking reasonable again so hopefully Nigel and Christine will welcome lots of visitors to their Pop Up Café which will be opening up again in the centre classroom in the morning. Light trap has gone out for Bob so hopefully he will be welcoming (or releasing anyway) lots of moths from the trap in the morning too – first time it will have gone out for a little while with the weather being what it has.
The approach to Lapwing Hide has finally disappeared underwater. I haven’t checked it today but it certainly was passable in wellies with caution but you would still be well advised to head up around the outer path to Lapwing Hide even if booted so you can see the extent of the water before deciding whether or not to try the inner reedbed path or not! The warning signs have gone out which will serve as a reminder.
The black necked grebe remains on Ibsley Water, usually along the very northern end of the lake, at least two bittern remain in or around Ivy Lake, there are still brambling and all the other usual suspects at the Woodland Hide but the Water Rail, no doubt put off by the river pouring through, has given up on the Alder Carr adjacent to Woodland Hide for now. One to three goosander have resided on Ivy Lake all week which has been a nice change though.