Mosaic BME

Mosaic group leaders’ visit

26-27 March 2011

On the last weekend of March 2011 Mosaic Project Officer, Clare Taylor, organised a residential visit for five new community champions from Southampton. Two more established champions helped, especially by cooking a fantastic authentic Indian meal on the Saturday night! Staff from the New Forest Centre, Forestry Commission, New Forest National Park Authority and Hampshire County Council all played key parts and volunteers joined in too.

After the event, Shobhna Philips, one of the new champions wrote enthusiastically about her experience.

 “Wow what a week-end, full of so much information to absorb, though I live in Totton and have visited the New Forest, when visitors come to stay with us. But I did not know the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst existed on my doorstep. We looked around the information centre and had lovely talk from Suzie Moore on history of the New Forest National Park. It was enlightenment.

 “Then we went along to the Forestry Commission’s Reptile Centre, which was being made ready to receive the visitors the following week. Richard Daponte, the Ranger, talked to us about the Reptile Centre, lovely creatures and the walk alongside the centre. He was extremely helpful.

 “He then guided us to the Bolderwood deer feeding spot which was brilliant as I always wanted visit. It was great to see the roe deers coming out to be fed – we tried to distinguished all the different names we had heard during our talk at the Museum in Lyndhurst.

 “Following lunch at Burley Youth Hostel, we walked around Burley village, through open Forest and tried to remember tall trees like silver birch and old oak and so forth. We enjoyed watching different birds, including a wheatear the migrant from Africa, and listened to them singing. We also tried with our knowledge of reading the map walking through heath land on the way back to the Hostel. This was an amazing experience enjoying the tranquillity and natural beauty.

 “The evening meal was prepared by volunteer, a delicious wholesome vegetarian, the ‘A’ team.

 “There was then talk by Nigel Matthews on butterflies and moths. Then we looked at the different varieties of moths we had caught. Following that we also carried the detectors around hostel searching for bats but unfortunately we were unlucky. Around 10.30pm it was my bed time after a wonderful day.

 “After breakfast, we left the Hostel and headed for Brockenhurst, checked out the local information point, the rail station and refreshments points. We saw many ponies enjoying the freedom. They wanted our attention, but we left them alone. We were told not to feed them because our staple food gives them stomach problems.

 “Then we visited Lepe Country Park. On a Beach Safari we saw the plants along the shore, the wonderful living things on the sea weed, shells etc. We checked out the main part of the park, the information point, the facilities and woodland trail.

 “I enjoyed the entire visit to the New Forest National Park and learnt a lot more about the life of the New Forest community, animals, birds and the natural beauty. Thank you to Clare Taylor, Nigel Matthews and Richard Daponte.”

  1. Mosaic BME
  2. Final celebration
  3. Annual event 2011
  4. Diary of a visit
  5. Beaulieu visit
  6. Mosaic group leaders’ visit (you are here)
  7. Chinese visit spring 2010
  8. Ladies day out
  9. More trips and events
  10. New Forest placement

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