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Spring at Fishlake Meadows

The warmer weather finally seems to be arriving, with even more forecast for the coming weeks. This is leading to lots of changes at Fishlake Meadows,...
19-04-2018 16:03

Back to some birds

I have been off for the week and today was my first day back. In my absence the reserve has turned green! Many of the trees have leaves bursting throu...
16-04-2018 16:03

Recent Works

There has been lots happening at Fishlake Meadows in the last few weeks. Our contractors have been working hard getting lots of the fencing complete. ...
14-04-2018 16:04

Brilliant Brownsea

It seems like a long time ago now, but mid-March we headed with our Young Naturalists to the Purbecks, to hopefully explore and discover some differen...
13-04-2018 16:03

A word of warning?

We received a report of a break-in to a car on Friday evening, outside of reserve opening hours and not in one of our reserve car parks but in the lay...
11-04-2018 16:03


When I opened up the Tern hide this morning I was greeted by the sight of a pair of garganey feeding just to the right of the hide. It is always a tre...
07-04-2018 16:03

New volunteer evening meeting

On the 21st March we held a very successful evening meeting for the new volunteers of Fishlake Meadows at the World of Water café. The volunteers enjo...
06-04-2018 16:03

April Showers

Or more prolonged outbreaks of rain! Recent days have certainly been making up for the rather dry winter. The lakes which had been unusually low for t...
05-04-2018 16:03

Staggering into Spring

Another rather wintry spring day. I drove across the Forest in heavy sleet, although the pull of spring was still evident, as I passed two displaying ...
01-04-2018 16:03

Moths Again

A combination of the need to do some repair work on the trap and a lot of very unfavourable weather has meant that it has been a good time since I hav...
28-03-2018 16:03

Yellow Days

It is often said that early spring flowers are mostly yellow and there is some truth in this, at Blashford Lakes just now it is certainly the most fre...
27-03-2018 16:06

Something you don?t see everyday

On advantage of working outdoors for a lot of the time is that you do get to see a lot of wildlife. It is not just the range of wildlife that is inter...
25-03-2018 16:03


The last week or so has been very strange, with the arrival of several migrants and further snow. On the migrant front there are now small numbers of ...
22-03-2018 16:03

World Water Day

Every year on the 22nd March the United Nations encourage us to celebrate World Water Day. The aim of World Water Day is to get people to appreciate h...
21-03-2018 16:03

?What?s on"? April ? July 2018

View the latest copy of our “What’s on"” leaflet with details of forthcoming events and activities here: Blashford Lakes Whats ...
20-03-2018 16:03

Blashford snow news update

All of the hides are open today but I have taken the decision NOT to open the centre or the main car park – the latter because the concrete surf...
18-03-2018 16:04

Fishlake Meadows work parties

This winter is the first one of our management of Fishlake Meadows. It?s proved to be very busy with work parties to which lots of volunteers have com...
16-03-2018 16:03

First Migrants

For the last few days it has been feeling distinctly spring-like and I have been expecting the first sand martin, little ringed plover and singing chi...
14-03-2018 16:03

Making the most of it?

Over the last few weeks we have been utilising our willow crop, making the most of the many withies our osier bed produces. Sometimes referred to as b...
12-03-2018 16:03

Then the Thaw

Sunday was a day of great change, at first the snow was still thick in many places, turning to slush on the paths, but still making the roads a little...
06-03-2018 16:03

Blashford back in business ? just in time for this years las

After a couple of days enforced closure the reserve is open again today – and will be tomorrow too, just in time for the last “Pop up Café...
04-03-2018 16:03

The Big Chill

Like many people I have been pretty much holed up for the last couple of days. I did venture out onto the edge  of the Forest on Thursday. It was very...
04-03-2018 16:03

Reserve Closure

Our area of the country is subject to an Amber Weather Warning, for increasing snowfall and strong winds. This means the reserve will be very cold, ic...
01-03-2018 16:03

A Big Chill

It looks as though the week ahead is going to be a cold one. A freeze at the very end of winter like this can be particularly problematic, wild food s...
26-02-2018 16:04

Not the Otter I wanted to See

I posted the other day about seeing an otter in Ivy Lake, it always a treat to see them. They are so superbly adapted to their environment and have co...
22-02-2018 16:03

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