Explore Pennington marshes this spring

Published Monday 30 April 2007

On Sunday 20 May, Pennington Marshes will be home to the first ever ‘Spring Wildlife Day’.

On Sunday 20 May, Pennington Marshes will be home 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 Pennington Marshes as parking is limited at Lower Pennington Lane.

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

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

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