Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve 2018
Saturday ALL DAY visit

Date: Saturday 7 April 2018 at 09:30


We arrived at Blashford Lakes at about 9:30am. The weather forecast was for some rain but mainly cloud and it did turn out dry for most of the time.

We went first to the Woodland Hide but there was very little to see so we went on to the Ivy North Hide. There was not a lot to see but we did see great crested grebe, tufted duck and mute swan.

On the way back we passed the Woodland Hide and things got much better, seeing good views of brambling, siskin, blackcap and chiffchaff.

Leaving the main centre we went across the road to the Tern Hide which looks across Ibsley Water. Here we saw little ringed plover, garganey and shoveler.

The garganey moved so we went to the Goosander Hide for better views of the garganey, common tern, little gull and goosander. After leaving that hide we could hear willow warbler but did not see it.

Back across the road and through the wood where we saw nuthatch and treecreepers.

Having walked back to the main centre, some went home; others found a pub for refreshment.

A good days birding for 15 members who had come a distance to see 49 species and 5 that were heard.

Click Here to see some photos from the visit

Blashford Lakes, 7/4/2018, overcast but sunny later

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose






Tufted Duck




Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Common Buzzard





Little Ringed Plover

Common Tern

Black-headed Gull

Little Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove

Green Woodpecker (H)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (H)




Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Cetti's Warbler (H)

Long-tailed Tit


Willow Warbler (H)





Song Thrush

Mistle Thrush







Common Redpoll (H)



Reed Bunting

49 Bird Species seen and 5 heard

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

Scarlet Elf Cap fungi

Peacock Butterfly

Brimstone Butterfly

15 People

---- Original Programme Information ----

Ivy Lake seen from Ivy North Hide

Ivy Lake seen from Ivy North Hide

Blashford Lakes, Ellingham Drove, New Forest, Hants, near BH24 3PJ.

For a map of the car park location, click here
Map ref SU151083    lat/long: 50.8740 -1.7867

The reserve car park is to the north of Ellingham Drove, the car park to the south is for the education centre. Car park opens at 9 am. We meet at 9.30 am outside the education centre.

Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve is 360 acres of grassland and woodland surrounding former gravel pits. There is also a stream flowing through ancient oak and beech woodland. Wildlife is very diverse.

There are six hides, ten lakes, five miles of rolled gravel footpaths, bird feeders, toilets, no food but two nearby pubs. Free but donations requested.

The lakes will have wildfowl and a variety of gulls. The woodlands should yield the normal woodland birds.

In early April we may also see spring flowers, toad and frog, or even a bank vole. Reported in early April 2016 were chiffchaff, blackcap, little ringed plover, shoveler, wigeon, goldeneye, slavonian grebe, lapwing, long-tailed tit, robin, willow warbler, wheatear, little gull, common tern, shelduck, garganey, sedge warbler, siskin, cuckoo, reed warbler, swallow, house martin, brambling, brimstone, peacock, speckled wood, comma, small tortoiseshell, grass snake, adder, otter, rabbit.

For more details of the reserve, click here

For a report and photos of our 2015 visit, click here