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The one that DIDN?T get away!

Anyone that follows this blog can’t have failed to notice that it is 30 days wild time of year again with Bob going the extra mile to blog his w...
15-06-2019 16:05

Summer Wild Days Out

We are now accepting bookings onto our Wild Days Out activity days this summer!  Wild Days Out are outdoor play, exploration, adventure and wildlife d...
14-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 12 ? Here be Bees

Another mostly dull day, although dry, conditions that may seem not so good for finding insects, which is true, but if you find them they are much les...
14-06-2019 16:04

30 days wild so far

We are now over a week in to the wildlife trusts 30 days wild month, where we try and do one random act of wildness every day of the month of June. I ...
12-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 10 ? Damp(ish)

Most of my “Wildness” involved being indoors looking out, although it was not too bad at the beginning and end of the day. The office wind...
11-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 9 ? Fair Play

I was at Roydon’s Wood Fair for most of the day, so I was working, but it was a very enjoyable day and there were lots of people visiting. As us...
10-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 7 ? Blue out of the Grey

Not perhaps the best day to be wild, but after a long dry spell much of our wildlife will be welcoming the rain. Birds like song thrush and blackbird ...
08-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 5 ? A Smashing Time in the Garden

By way of contrast with my wanderings yesterday, today I was mainly in my garden. The highlight of the day was a summer generation small tortoiseshell...
06-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 4 Far and Wide

A very varied day for me today, I started with a farmland bird survey on the Hampshire chalk, almost on the Wiltshire border, then to Blashford workin...
05-06-2019 16:04

Monday 21st May

On Monday 20th May I took a walk around Fishlake Meadows after 2 and a half weeks off. I couldn’t believe how much had changed in such a short t...
30-05-2019 16:04

They came and they saw! Bird Trail 2019

Saturday 11th May, the sun was shining and by 9.15am the main car park and pedestrian area outside Tern Hide was already crowded with volunteers and s...
30-05-2019 16:04

Osprey!

Just when I thought that migration was almost over we get sent this splendid picture of an osprey flying over Goosander Hide last Sunday, thanks to Jo...
21-05-2019 16:06

Open as usual this weekend?

Last time I blogged it was to warn that the reserve would be closed for the Bird Trail on 11th May and since then although the reserve has been open t...
18-05-2019 16:04

Bird Trail tomorrow ? limited access for visitors

Just a quick reminder that we are hosting the HIWWT/Hampshire Ornithological Society Bird Trail 2019 event tomorrow – there is no visitor parkin...
11-05-2019 16:05

A Constellation of Garlic

A fairly busy day on the reserve today with a steady stream of new visitors, it is always good to encounter people who are still just discovering us a...
06-05-2019 16:04

Blashford Lakes Annual Report 2017/18

The Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve and Centre is a Project managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust on behalf of Project Partners and lan...
04-05-2019 16:04

Car park closures & advanced warning of Bird Trail 2019 next

As Bob posted the other day the Centre car park remains closed this weekend to give the newly laid surface time to dry and harden off. All being well ...
04-05-2019 16:04

Rafts, Birds and Bees

It’s that time of year again, the tern rafts are going out and the migrant waders are on the move. On Tuesday the volunteers got two rafts out o...
02-05-2019 16:05

Birdsong central!

Fishlake Meadows is absolutely spectacular at the moment, there is so much to see and hear that I barely know what to focus on when I’m there! W...
29-04-2019 16:04

Bonaparte?s Again

A couple of years ago Blashford Lakes was visited by a first year Bonaparte’s gull, a small species between little gull and black-headed gull in...
26-04-2019 16:05

Very Different Days

I was at Blashford again today after a couple of days off. I was last in on Thursday, when it rained all day and I left in a thunderstorm with hail an...
25-04-2019 03:21

Odd jobs and enjoying the view

On Sunday it was time again for our monthly Young Naturalists session, and we began the day by choosing a few items for our new Welcome Hut. These wou...
25-04-2019 03:21

All change!

This week the project work has definitely taken a leap forward, with landscaping progressing well outside the front of the Education Centre and new si...
25-04-2019 03:21

Tern Hide & Welcome Hut open for business

Yesterday saw two more major milestones in the project funded by public donations and Veolia Environmental Trust (with money from the Landfill Communi...
25-04-2019 03:21

Tern Hide Access and Other Works

The splendid new Tern Hide will be closed today (Friday 12th April) to allow the approach to be resurfaced. It will be open again tomorrow morning. Th...
25-04-2019 03:21

Bee is for Blashford

Or maybe Blashford is for bees, well of course it is! Blashford is for all wildlife and the people who like to experience it. Everyone knows the honey...
25-04-2019 03:21

Summing up?

The past two weeks hasn’t all been about the current improvements at Blashford, we have been in search of reptiles and amphibians on two Wild Da...
25-04-2019 03:21

Some Birds and Some Bees

I had my first proper look out of the new Tern Hide when I arrived to open up this morning and was greeted by something between 600 and 1000 sand mart...
25-04-2019 03:21

Open Again

The Tern Hide will be open again today, although there are still some access restrictions elsewhere on the reserve, where works continue, please take ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Slime mould ? A new kingdom

A week or so ago, on a piece of wood, next to the east/west path at Fishlake Meadows, I spotted this wonderful slime mould. Originally considered fung...
25-04-2019 03:21
 



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