Plan your summer on the National Park coast

Published Monday 3 August 2009

Fascinating facts about what lives beneath the waves along the New Forest National Park’s 26 miles of coastline can be discovered in a programme of events over the summer holiday period.

The National Park Authority’s Coastal Ranger, Leanne Atkinson, will be out and about in the distinctive Explorer mobile unit bringing games, trails and activities to three popular coastal visitor spots during August.

Leanne will be at Cut Bridge, Hurst Spit , on the 11th and 30th, at the middle car park at Calshot Spit on the 18th and 25th, and at Lepe Country Park on the 22nd, 26th and 31st.  The events are organised jointly with Hampshire County Council and are free – just turn up any time between 10.30am and 4.00pm to discover more about the wildlife and heritage of this unique stretch of coastline.

The National Park Authority and Hampshire County Council ranger services have also teamed up for a weekly children’s ‘Nature Detectives’ session at Lepe Country Park throughout August.  Held every Thursday from 2.00 – 3.00pm, activities will vary depending on the weather and tides and include exploring the meadows and woods, bird-watching and joining a seashore safari.  The cost is £1 per child; there is no need to book but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Notes to editors:
The Coastal Ranger post is funded by the New Forest National Park Authority and Hampshire County Council, with support from ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery.  

Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646649
Email:karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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