Explore Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve this Sunday

Published Wednesday 16 May 2007

Activities run by wildlife experts will be taking place throughout the day.

Do you have any plans for the weekend? If not why not come and bring the whole family to the first ever ‘Spring Wildlife Day,’ organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

This free event, from 11am to 4pm, is jam-packed with activities for all the family. A free mini-bus will be running every half an hour from Lymington library to the reserve as parking is limited at Lower Pennington Lane.

Activities run by wildlife experts will be taking place throughout the day and include; guided walks; beach combing; mini-insect and beast hunt; clay modelling; moth identification; the great ‘plaice’ race and much, much more.

There will also an opportunity to check-out your bird-watching skills to see if you can spot one of the many birds found on the Marshes such as; little egrets, redshanks, ringed plover, oystercatchers and black-tailed godwits.

Pete Durnell, Warden for the Reserve, said: ‘The nature reserve is an important home for many different species of birds, insects and plants. The day is about enjoying the fabulous coastline and learning about the wildlife on our doorstep.’

The offshore marshes support one of the largest seabreeding colonies in the county and is home to thousands of winter visitors such as Brent Geese, Wigeon and Golden Plover, the lagoons are also home to the tentacled lagoon worms!  

Activities and exhibitions will be held in marquees, visitors will also have the chance to enter a free competition to win a pair of binoculars, donated by the London Camera Exchange.

For more information on the event visit either the www.newforestnpa.gov.uk; www.hants.gov.uk or www.hwt.org.uk

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Notes for editor:
Pete Durnell, Warden for the reserve is available for radio interviews. To organise please contact Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority, tel: 01590 646650, email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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