Wildlife bonanza at Keyhaven Nature Reserve

Published Tuesday 29 April 2008

Come and join us at Pennington Marshes for a ‘Spring Wildlife Day’ on Sunday 11 May from 11am to 4pm.

The free family friendly day, organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, promises to be a jam-packed day full of activities, including; guided walks; beach combing; mini-insect and beast hunts; clay modelling; moth identification and much, much more.

There is also an opportunity to enjoy some bird-watching if you have a pair of binoculars; the marshes are home to a variety of birds such as; little egrets; redshanks; ringed plover; oystercatchers and black-tailed godwits.

Jim Mitchell, Interpretation Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The Spring Wildlife Day gives people a chance to explore the fabulous wealth of wildlife that can be found on the New Forest coast. The nature reserve is home to many fascinating birds, insects and marine creatures, which we hope to show people on the day.’

Pete Durnell, Hampshire Country Council’s Countryside Service Warden for the Reserve, said: ‘This year we will also be running a competition to win a piece of original artwork by wildlife artist Dan Powell. ’

John Durnell, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, added: ‘There is ample parking, but we are encouraging people to enjoy the journey to the reserve by either walking or cycling, dogs are welcome but they need to be kept on a short lead.’

Directions to the event:

Take the A337 from Lymington towards Christchurch; at the roundabout take the first exit onto Ridgeway Lane, then right onto Lower Pennington Lane. The event is at the end of the lane. Grid reference is SZ 319 927.

For more information about the Spring Wildlife Day  phone 01590 674656 or email events@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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Media contact:

Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650

Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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