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Warning, survey ahead

Just a quick heads-up that tomorrow Wessex Water will be carrying out their annual weed cover survey of Blashford Lakes, during the course of the day ...
10-08-2018 16:04

Fishlake Flowers

I was working at Fishlake Meadows yesterday morning and it was wonderful to be somewhere so green and full of flowers. Access to water is not a proble...
08-08-2018 16:04

Walter Returned

Jim, reported the sighting of a great white egret on Ivy Lake the other day and speculated that it might be “Walter” our regularly returni...
02-08-2018 16:05


Although there has not been much sign of migrating birds at Blashford Lakes so far, there have been some insect arrivals. The birds at this time of th...
01-08-2018 16:04

A Couple of Tanners

Despite continued warm nights the number of moths coming to the trap are actually declining, I suspect it might have got too warm and especially dry f...
30-07-2018 16:04

Dots of Green

The prolonged dry conditions have caused the grass to go brown almost everywhere you look at the moment. Grasses are a group of plants that are drough...
25-07-2018 16:03

Garden Highlights

I seem to have been very busy recently, a couple of days away and evenings spent out surveying nightjar have left no time for blogging. The last few d...
18-07-2018 16:08

Old faithful"

Reports of our first great white egret of the summer on Ivy Lake today – unfortunately it was wading and therefore no one was able to see colour...
14-07-2018 16:04

Busy in the Sunshine

Sorry for the lack of posts, we seem to have been very busy and by the end of the day exhaustion has taken over. It is the time of year when there is ...
10-07-2018 16:04

Blashford ?What?s On"? ? Summer/Autumn Events Programme

The latest “What’s On"” is now available from the centre or can be down loaded here: 180601BL WhatsOn July_October JD ii It inc...
07-07-2018 16:03

The Heat Continues

After a June and 30 Days Wild which was extremely hot and the met office now tells us was the driest on record we have now hit July and things are not...
04-07-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 30 ? Things Ain?t Always What They Seem

Yet another hot day and another spent mostly at home, I am working tomorrow at Blashford when we have a volunteer task, although what we will do in th...
01-07-2018 16:03

Exploring the downs

On Sunday we too were up on Martin Down with our Young Naturalists group. The reserve is home to a fantastic variety of plants and animals associated ...
30-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 29 ? One More Time Out with the Blues

Just two days to go before another 30 Days are over. I spent part of Day 29 in my garden mostly looking at the meadow. What’s in My Meadow Today...
30-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 28 ? Beyond Nature Reserves

At Blashford Lakes it was volunteer task day and nine volunteers braved the heat to work on the reserve for the morning. We did try to keep out of sun...
29-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 27 ? On the Marsh

The majority of my day was spent at one of our occasional staff meetings, a chance to catch up with what other members of staff have been doing, learn...
28-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? week 3

This week has been very busy strimming paths and pulling ragwort, but I’ve managed to still devote some time to trying out my new sweep net and ...
27-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 25 ? The Heat is On

When I checked the moth trap in my garden I was surprised to find 2 leopard moth! In some years I don’t see any at all and this year we have had...
27-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 26 ? Seeking the Sleepy

A very hot day, which caused me some problems when trying to choose a task for the Tuesday volunteers. We have a lot of mowing to do at this time of y...
27-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 24 ? Up on the Downs and Down by the Sea

We travelled up to Martin Down in the morning, specifically Kitts Grave the part of the reserve that belongs to the Wildlife Trust. This area of the r...
26-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 23 ? Skippers

Plans to go out came to nothing and various small tasks took over, still these were interspersed with looks around the garden, so all of today’s...
24-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 22 ? True Love

It seems we are having a very odd year, after a winter with some wintry weather we now have a summer with summery weather. I was late into Blashford a...
23-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 21 ? The Longest Day

The longest Thursday in fact and so Blashford volunteers day. We were clearing bramble regrowth to help with grassland restoration around Ellingham La...
22-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 19 ? Back on the Road

On Tuesday morning I was in Manchester, not a wildlife hotspot compared to the New Forest but like many cities a great place for swifts. Area with lot...
21-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 20 ? A Leopard

Back at Blashford and checking the moth trap I found it contained a leopard moth, these strange moths have larvae that eat wood. They tunnel into the ...
21-06-2018 16:03

Nest box news!

At our last Young Naturalists session we were lucky enough to join Brenda, who voluntarily monitors the nest boxes on the reserve, so we could see at ...
21-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 18 ? On the Road

I ran the moth trap at home overnight, the catch was modest and as follows: barred red 1, heart and dart 8, heart and club 3, Chrysoteuchia culmella 1...
20-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 17 ? Knights In?

Moth of the day at Blashford was (and yes, you have probably already guessed it) a white satin. This is not a rare species, although not common and on...
18-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 16 ? Dealing with Uncertainty

After writing yesterday’s blog I was out at dusk surveying nightjar again. I did find some nightjar, I heard at least four churring males, but t...
17-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 14 ? Concrete to Orchids

Blashford’s brilliant volunteers were working hard again, this time on a project to produce a grassland on the former concrete block plant entra...
16-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 15 ? Forest Visitors

I had most of the day off today and everything I have for the blog today comes under the  heading of…… What’s in My Meadow Today&quo...
16-06-2018 16:03

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