Blashford Lakes nature reserve has a variety of habitats including ancient woodland, a New Forest stream and alder and willow carr woodland which surround a complex of flooded former gravel working. The reserve, managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, is open 9-4.30 daily with parking, toilets, 6 bird hides and good wheel-chair and push-chair access. There is an Education Centre that caters for school, youth, scouting and adult special interest or community groups throughout the year and a comprehensive programme of guided walks and family events.
The nature reserve is located on the edge of the New Forest in the Avon Valley, just north of Ringwood. Please note that we are not signed from the main road, but directions can be downloaded here: 171107 Blashford directions JD
For more information see the website: www.hiwwt.org.uk/reserves/blashford-lakes
COVID-19 Update: 16/08/2021
The Centre remains closed to all but booked groups and we are providing portable toilets outside the Centre for other visitors at this time..
Everything else is now open as usual, from 9am to 4.30pm daily. For the safety and comfort of everyone working at or visiting the nature reserve while using the hides please wear a mask/face covering, maintain a 1m+ social distancing from others not of your group and ensure that the hides are ventilated by opening the windows and/or doors. Please also remember to close these when you leave the hide!
The Blashford Lakes Project
The Blashford Lakes Project Annual Report can be viewed here: Blashford Lakes: Sep 2019 – Aug 2020 and the Annual Report for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust can be downloaded here: www.hiwwt.org.uk/annual-report.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. With the invaluable support of volunteers and members we manage over 50 nature reserves. We also work with other organisations and landowners to protect and connect wildlife sites across the county and inspire local communities and young people to care for wildlife where they live.
Our vision for a wilder future is beautiful and vital:
We want great places to live that are good for people and good for wildlife.
We want nature to be normal, for children to grow up with wild green spaces to explore.
We want a deafening din, a cacophony of chirping, churring and buzzing.
Find out more: https://www.hiwwt.org.uk/our-strategy