Triathlon Event at Blashford TOMORROW (23rd August)

Although it shouldn’t affect visitors to the nature reserve please be aware that Ellingham Lake is hosting a triathlon tomorrow morning and the running and cycling stages will be transitioning in the main car park by Tern Hide.

Most of the activity will take place very early before most of us have even woken up but please do watch out around the entrance and on the approach to the reserve as there will be far more people than normal – and, although they will be marshalled, if they are in “race mode”, or just plain knackered, they may not be have as much road sense as as you might expect them to have!

There will still be access to the Ibsley Water Viewing Platform throughout the day but the main car park remains closed to the public – it is just being used for race checking in and bike storage for the triathlon event itself.

Parking will be on the Centre side of the reserve only, as has been the case since easing of lockdown restrictions.

Hides and the Centre toilets remain closed.

In other news our first week of family pond dipping has gone swimmingly (so to speak đŸ˜‰ ), Tracy has promised a post on this so I’ll just leave you with a tantalising taste from today…

Dipping sessions must be booked via Eventbrite and links to all available sessions can be found here on the Trust’s website.

They’re all billed as “Family pond dipping“, but please don’t think adults can’t book in with us for an “adults only” session as you are very welcome to join in too. We don’t expect people who either don’t have children, or whose children are adults themselves by now, to have to kidnap someone else’s in order to join in the fun!

The last family of today – whose highlights included water stick insect, great diving beetle, lots of common newt efts and some decent sized dragonfly nymphs too…

The smiles say it all!

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