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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Live Goshawk webcam 2015 - live from the nests in New Forest

Live webcam of Goshawk nesting in the New Forest
A female goshawk in the New Forest.
For the next five months, visitors will get a privileged peek into the lives of some of the New Forest’s most impressive birdlife, thanks to high tech video technology.

  • A date with nature uses webcams to stream live footage from the nests of birds of prey in the New Forest
  • The project runs from 28 March to 6 September, and features buzzards, goshawk and hobbies as they raise their young
  • Wild Wednesday events run weekly during the school holidays, with fun activities for the whole family.
  • Watch live online at www.newforestgateway.org or www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/datewithnature.

A date with nature in the New Forest uses ‘raptorcam’ technology to allow viewers to follow the lives of birds of prey in their nests as they breed, hatch eggs, feed chicks and teach their young how to fly.

The project is based at the New Forest Reptile Centre, two miles south west of Lyndhurst off the A35, and is run by the RSPB, New Forest National Park Authority, Forestry Commission and Carnyx Wild. Last year saw around 20,000 people visit the centre to watch the drama unfold, and online coverage also proved popular.

This year, visitors will be able to share the highs and lows of the breeding season with pairs of buzzards and goshawks until June, and then see footage of a hobby nest through the summer. As well as being streamed online, the footage will also be on view daily between 10am and 4.30pm at the Reptile Centre, where staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain more about the birds’ behaviour.

Cameras have already been positioned high up in the tree canopy ready to capture footage of the buzzards and goshawks as they guard their eggs, with the chicks likely to appear in May.

Michael Lake, project officer for the RSPB, said: ‘It's fantastic that a new date with nature season is upon us again. Every year we are able to show visitors the journey of the amazing birds of prey of the New Forest; from egg to first flight. This year we are feeling very fortunate to be able to show visitors a different bird from previous seasons and show them the family life of a buzzard. People are used to seeing these magnificent birds soaring high in our skies; but we will show their life from a whole new angle.’

Lead ranger at the New Forest National Park Authority, Gillie Molland, said: ‘It is great to see a date with nature continuing to go from strength to strength It is an excellent opportunity for us to give visitors of all ages a unique insight into the lives of the Forest’s birds of prey.

‘As well as seeing into the nests of these impressive raptors, visitors can also discover how important the New Forest is for ground nesting birds, with an exhibition of  sculpted models of the birds in their natural habitats. Wednesdays in the school holidays are particularly good for younger visitors, as we run our Wild Wednesdays events, where there will be fun activities and extra trails to help all the family learn more about the National Park’s special qualities.’

Wild Wednesday events run every Wednesday during the Easter and summer half terms and the summer school holidays, with fun activities for the whole family. This year the dates are 8, 15 April, 27 May, 29 July and 5, 12, 19 and 26 August.

A date with nature also features live footage from a ‘feeder cam’, which will capture activity around bird feeders near the centre. A camera has also been set up in one of the nest boxes intended for smaller woodland birds, and the project staff are eagerly waiting to see which species will nest in there.

A date with nature in the New Forest runs daily from 28 March to 6 September, 10am to 4.30pm. Entry to the Reptile Centre is free although donations for parking are welcome.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Families invited to Wild Play Day at the Beach 9th April

Families can enjoy crabbing and seashore scavenging at a free day of activities in the New Forest this Easter.


Children, parents and grandparents are invited to Wild Play Day at the Beach to discover fun ways to explore, play and be creative in the great outdoors.

The free event organised by the New Forest National Park Authority and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust aims to help families enjoy nature instead of being glued to their tablets and televisions.

The play day will run from 10am to 2pm on 9 April at Hurst Spit near Keyhaven. No booking is required, but there are charges for parking at the Hurst Road East car park in Milford-on-Sea.

Helen Robinson, education officer at the National Park Authority, said: ‘The most memorable experiences for families are usually the simplest activities like seashore scavenging or making beach art.

‘So if you’re looking for ideas to keep your children busy, just come along to our wild play day for some great activities.’

Dawn Morgan, from the Wildlife Trust, said: ‘One of our key aims is to engage people of all ages with nature. Spending time outdoors with your children or grandchildren is not only good for health and fitness but also may spark a passion in them for the outdoors and conservation.

‘Playing outdoors does not need to cost a lot, most of the activities on the Wild Play Day are things you can do with your children at any time and can be really be fun for the whole family.’

For details on the Wild Play Day visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/wildplayday

Families can also enjoy similar activities at the Wildlife Trust’s Wild Beach Club at Hurst Spit every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm starting from April 23. For details about the Wild Beach Club call Dawn Morgan on 01489 774413 or email wildlifewatch@hiwwt.org.uk