New Forest Curlews in crisis!

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By Russell Wynn, 16 March 2017 In 2016, WNF worked in partnership with a number of local organisations to co-ordinate a survey of breeding Curlews and other ground-nesting waders in the New Forest. The full survey report can be downloaded … Continued

In search of the Sloe Carpet

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By Russell Wynn, 04 May 2016 The Sloe Carpet is a rather unspectacular moth that feeds on Blackthorn and flies in spring (particularly April) when the food plant is in flower. Although Blackthorn is relatively abundant and widespread in the … Continued

Where do New Forest Jackdaws sleep?

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By Russell Wynn, 12 March 2016 For some time now I have been intrigued to know the final destination of the large numbers of Jackdaws that head south over my Brockenhurst garden on winter afternoons. Jackdaws are intelligent birds that … Continued

A year in the life of a Firecrest

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By Marcus Ward, 15 January 2016 As part of an on-going project we have been colour-ringing Firecrests in the New Forest, so that individual birds can be studied over time to better understand their habits and movements. To do this … Continued

Hawfinch tip pays off!

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By Marcus Ward, 9 January 2016 It’s 7:20am, about 40 minutes before sunrise, and the sky is just turning grey as I make my way along a woodland ride in the south of the New Forest. I walk quietly along … Continued

Chasing Sea Trout and Otters

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By Russell Wynn, 19 December 2015 For several years Otters have been regularly recorded from major river valleys and estuarine sites around the margins of the New Forest, but there are very few direct observations (and even fewer photos) of … Continued

Raft Spiders and Water Crickets

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By Russell Wynn, 1 December 2015 It was another mild night, so while having a break from the laptop I ventured into our Brockenhurst garden to see if there was any nocturnal activity in the pond. Although it is now … Continued

Nocturnal Woodcock ringing

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By Russell Wynn, 7 November 2015       Marcus and I were out with Graham Giddens, an experienced bird ringer and trainer, and part of a recent initiative to find out more about these mysterious birds. The ‘New Forest … Continued