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Birdwatcher’s Notes: November

Winter visitors building up but still no real cold weather arrivals.

Brent Goose – over 500 across the area. They regularly take flight and settle so rather difficult to get an accurate count as they are spread from Sturt Pond to Hurst.

Black Swan on Sturt Pond – what a  surprise! Worth a look; it’s pretty tame. […]

By |November 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Birdwatcher’s Notes: October

Some notes during a very low tide.

Summary:
The winter visitors are arriving including Brent Geese,Wigeon, Golden & Grey Plovers.

Brent Gs: approx 240 with one main flock on Sturt Pond

Wigeon: approx 30

Teal: around 70, mainly at Sturt Pond.

Little Egret: 6 spread across the area.

Oystercatcher: 20+ across are.

Golden Plover: 17 off sea wall adjacent to Saltgrass

Grey Plover: 32 […]

By |November 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Halloween Half Term Offer

MONDAY 24th – FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER
Special Halloween offer this Half Term.
2 for 1 on Castle entry (cheapest ticket free) plus pre book for your free return ferry.
To pre book your tickets call 01590 642500, quote ‘scary16’ at time of booking.

By |October 5th, 2016|1 Comment

Pikemen & Musketeers: Saturday 24th September

SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Friends of Hurst Castle with a demonstration of The Company of Pikemen & Musketeers
Commences at 3pm and will last for about 30 minutes.
No charge to view the display, but normal ferry and castle charges will apply.
Do come and join the fun!

By |September 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Birdwatcher’s Notes: August

Hurst last Sunday. Good weather, fresh wind and good visibility.

Mute Swan – over 30 on Sturt; also 2 pairs on the marsh, one with 2 cygnets.

Little Egret – counted 5 across the area.

Ringed Plover – estimated 170 on high water roost on shingle north of the lighthouse cottage – mid afternoon.
Dunlin – estimated 250 on […]

By |August 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Birdwatcher’s Notes: July

Breeding season is coming to an end but adults are still feeding young.

Extra disturbance due to summer visitors.

Here are some notes………..

Shelduck – at least 2 pairs seen on marsh but no young seen; they may be hiding.

Little Egret – 3 seen on marsh

Heron – 1 on Sturt.

Oystercatcher – only 9 counted but some birds may […]

By |August 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Open weekend at Hurst Castle: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July.

Discover what’s on your doorstep

Hurst Castle’s special Open Weekend

KIDS GO FREE ON CASTLE & FERRY

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July.

By |June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Birdwatcher’s Notes: June

The breeding season is in full swing now.

Shelduck – round about a dozen across the marsh and we hope some are breeding pairs.

Brent Goose – 1 seen flying west over the shingle bank; very unusual this time of year. Should be in Siberia now!

Oystercatcher – several pairs in their usual territories across the patch.

Ringed Plover […]

By |June 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Birdwatcher’s Notes: May

Notes from recent visit on Sun 8 May……..

Summer visitors have arrived, breeding season well under way; migrants passing through.

A very high tide, completely covering the spartina marsh which would have washed away any nests of Black Headed Gulls, Oyster Catchers, Redshank.

Shelduck – a dozen or so on the marsh; hopefully a pair or two breeding.

Eider […]

By |May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Paddleboard Taster Sessions Friday 8th April

Do you fancy trying Kayaking or Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

The New Forest Paddleboard Company is running a launch event on Friday the 8th of April to celebrate their link with Hurst Castle.

 They are offering a 30 min instructor led taster session for £5 per person!

Contact: http://www.thenewforestpaddlesportcompany.co.uk/ for more info!

By |April 6th, 2016|0 Comments