Viewers have ringside seats as first goshawk chicks hatch

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Published Wednesday 30 April 2014

The first three Date With Nature goshawk chicks have been born in the New Forest.

Webcam viewers were able to watch the first chick of this year's Date With Nature hatch on 27 April, with another hatching a few hours later and a third appearing a day later.

Nature lovers can now watch the New Forest goshawks being cared for by their parents thanks to the live webcam available at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/dwn.

Over the last three weeks the female goshawk has been sitting on her nest with four eggs while the male has been bringing her food.

Keen viewers can keep up to date with the goshawk family through the webcams, which are available through the websites of the New Forest National Park Authority, the RSPB, Carnyx Wild, and the Daily Echo in Southampton.

As well as viewing the goshawks online, you can also visit the New Forest Reptile Centre near Lyndhurst to meet knowledgeable volunteers and see even more footage of the goshawks.

Jeremy Peters, the Date With Nature officer for the RSPB South East, said: 'The exciting part of the Date with Nature season is about to begin with the hatching of three goshawk chicks. We hope to see the fourth egg hatch, and then watching the chicks grow over the next six to seven weeks will be a wonderful sight to see.

'I'd encourage people to come down to the Reptile Centre, in the New Forest, to watch the TV images of these goshawk chicks as they feed and grow. There are also all the reptiles and amphibians to see too.'

Visitors of all ages can also enjoy Wild Wednesdays at the Reptile Centre, where there will be fun activities and extra trails to help all the family find out more about the New Forest. These events run every Wednesday during the summer half terms and the summer school holidays, with activities for the whole family on 28 May, 30 July and 6, 13, 20 and 27 August.

The live webcam can be viewed at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/dwn.

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Notes to Editor:

The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more

Media Contacts

Sue Royal, RSPB South East Communications Officer, 01273 763610
Matt Stroud, New Forest National Park Authority Communications Assistant, 01590 646650

Photographs: Please contact Sue Royal


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