Further to Bobs recent post this is just a reminder to all our regular (and the not so regular!) visitors that Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve is once again playing host to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Hampshire Ornithological Society “Bird Trail” bird watching and wildlife event for teams of children and young people this Sunday 24th September.
As a result “normal” service on the reserve is on-hold for the day and all of the Hides but Lapwing Hide will be given over to the groups booked onto the event between 10.15am and 1pm. We will be crossing teams of children at both of the main crossing points along Ellingham Drove and therefore I would also request that no vehicles park in the area used informally for car parking at the gates to Goosander/Lapwing Hide to help ensure the safety of our participants.
In addition there will be no visitor parking on the southern, Centre, side of the nature reserve for most of the day until mid-afternoon when the event is over – all parking will be in the Main “Tern Hide” Nature Reserve car park only.
The nature reserve is not closed to other visitors but access to the hides will be prioritized to the Bird Trail teams and therefore I would advise visitors that if you can come on another day it might be better for all concerned!
For the kingfisher photographers among you, if you can’t tear yourselves away completely I can let you know that I don’t expect the first teams to arrive at Goosander Hide (which is the last hide on the route the teams are following) until after 11am if that is of any conciliation!
It will be a good day for all involved, staff, volunteers and the participants involved, so look out for an update on how it all went next week!