New Forest Water Wildlife Month

New Forest Water Month poster Hyde Commons WaterBlitz 02jul2017

Email from Hannah Worker, Freshwater Habitats Trust Project Assistant

Hi Everyone,

As I’m sure many of you know that New Forest is a unique and outstanding place for wildlife. However not everyone knows how quite how special it is for freshwater wildlife too.

This July we, the Freshwater Habitats Trust, are holding the New Forest Water Wildlife Month. This is a celebration of the fantastic freshwaters of the New Forest.

We will be holding events every weekend through the month, offering opportunities for people to learn about and interact with their local ponds, rivers and stream. The events also offer the chance to take part in conservation work for some of the Forest’s rarest wetland plants and animals, and in current research on water quality.

For a full list of event please visit our website:

All the events are completely free and open to all, although places are limited so please book by emailing Jo at

Please can you share this email with your contacts, friends, family and anyone else you think might be interested in getting involved. Information can also be found on social media (#NewForestWaterMonth), please retweet us.

Kind regards,


 Hannah Worker Freshwater Habitats Trust Project Assistant

(Please note I work on several projects and may be away from my desk for periods of time. This may mean there is a delay in my response)



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Cycling event Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April 2017

Event Plan – New Forest Spring Sportive
UK Cycling Events organise amateur non-competitive cycling events in the UK. These events support amateur cyclists by selecting low traffic, interesting and scenic routes which can be cycled at various lengths to suit all abilities.
UK Cycling Events provides a support infrastructure for these events including:
 Organisation
 Food and Water stations
 Breakdown assistance
 Route marking and monitoring
 General First Aid at food and drink stations as well as support vehicles
The aim of the event is to provide an environment for cyclists of all ages to have a safe and enjoyable cycle.
Event Details
Date: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April 2017
Name: Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive
Start / Finish Venue: Somerley House
Routes: 3 routes 83 miles / 66 miles / 29 miles
Estimated Riding Numbers
 Epic Route: 350
 Standard: 300
 Short: 200
Event Management
Contact: 01425 653372
The Event Manager will be responsible on behalf of UK Cycling Events for all aspects of the organisation and smooth running of the event, including the administration of the Health & Safety policy and Emergency procedure.
One event co-ordinator will be positioned at all times at the event base and will have adequate means of bespoke communication with all of the event staff, food and water stations as well as the mobile support vehicles.

War Time Ibsley talk – Ibsley Village Hall 7.30pm Tuesday 15th November

War time Ibsley

It has been a quiet village in the Avon valley from before the Domesday book, but Ibsley was very different in the 1940s.   The construction of an airfield and numerous military buildings led to an invasion of displaced people from Southampton, building workers, prisoners of war, RAF personnel, lots of Americans and even land army girls. The nature of the buildings is hinted at by some of the remains now mostly grown over.   Mr R. Errington will give an illustrated talk on “What Ibsley looked like in WWII” at 7:30 on Tuesday 15th November in Ibsley village hall. This is followed by the hall AGM. All are welcome, admission is free and light refreshments are provided.

Blashford Lakes 20th Anniversary Birthday Bonanza – Friday 22nd July 10.30am-3.30pm

Blashford Lakes Birthday Bonanza flyer

It was in the summer of 1996 that the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve and the site’s education centre was opened by botanist Professor David Bellamy and local dignitaries.

At the heart of the new Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve was creating a sanctuary for wildlife from an old industrial site, where people of all ages could come to be thrilled by nature. In the twenty years since the reserve opened, and with the support of the Trust’s supporters, volunteers, and partners, it is now completely unrecognisable.

This month marks the reserve’s twentieth birthday – a brilliant chance to celebrate everyone that’s been involved in transforming the site to the wildlife haven it is today. We are holding an open day on Friday 22nd July, between 10.30am and 3.30pm for a wildlife discovery extravaganza – explore the nature reserve and join our staff and volunteers for pond and river dipping, bug hunting and bird watching.

At 1.30pm we will be more formally recognising this milestone with a few words from our Chief Executive Officer and key partners and a cake cutting “ceremony”. We would very much like it if members of the parish council were able to join us to represent the local community at our event.

You are of course very welcome to come earlier, or stay on after the ceremony, to enjoy what is on offer, but if arriving for just this part of the event it would be helpful if you could meet at the Centre from 1pm and allow time to walk up from the car park (please note that there will be limited parking at the centre itself for disabled visitors only, with the main car park being located a 5-10 minute walk away, on the other side of Ellingham Drove, in the nature reserve car park (near Tern Hide).

 If you are able to join us I would be grateful if you could RSVP to confirm your attendance;

Jim Day


telephone 01425 472760