Wake up to bird song and breakfast the New Forest way

Published Wednesday 16 May 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority has teamed up with the White Swan public house to offer an invigorating start to your Saturday morning with an early morning stroll.

The New Forest National Park Authority has teamed up with the White Swan public house to offer an invigorating start to your Saturday morning with an early morning stroll, taking in the delightful bird song of the Forest, followed by a hearty New Forest Breakfast.

The walk will start at the White Swan car park on Saturday 26 May at 7am and finish back there at 9am, followed by breakfast. The walk around Lyndhurst Hill will be led by bird-watching enthusiast Nigel Matthews from the New Forest National Park Authority. He will be helping everyone identify bird calls, as well as taking you on a leisurely guided walk and answering any questions along the way.  Booking is essential.

Nigel Matthews, Head of Visitor Services, said: ‘Many people wish they could recognise bird calls. This walk is a great opportunity for beginners to learn some songs of common woodland and garden birds and for the more experienced to test their knowledge. By learning these common songs, spotting rarer species becomes much easier.’

Paul Knight, Proprietor of the White Swan, Lyndhurst, added: ‘We are delighted to be part of the first New Forest Breakfast and bird watch walk, with the National Park Authority, to promote the special qualities of the Park. We will be setting the walkers up for the day with a traditional New Forest Breakfast, full of delicious locally sourced and organic produce.'  

The scrumptious New Forest Breakfast is made up of bacon, sausages, tomatoes, free-range eggs, four-inch mushrooms and a wholemeal bread roll.

To book your place contact the New Forest National Park Authority on 01590 646600 or email enquiries@newforestnpa.gov.uk. The walk and breakfast cost £6.50 and payment is taken on the day. The walk may be uneven in places and it is advised that suitable outdoor clothing and footwear are worn. The event is suitable for children aged eight and over. The event is not suitable for dogs, except guide dogs.

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Notes for editor:
1. For more information about the event contact Jim Mitchell, Interpretation Officer on 01590 646681 or email jim.mitchell@newforestnpa.gov.uk
2. The New Forest Breakfast is part of the Forest Friendly Farming Project which aims to develop practical ways of supporting farming, commoning and woodland management. For further information contact Martyn Evans, 023 8028 5150 or visit www.newforestproduce.com.
3. To get there by bus take the X34 or the X35 or call travel line on 0870 608 2 608.

Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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