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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


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: for more info!

By |April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Birdwatcher’s Notes: March

The winter visitors are still with us but the summer visitors have not yet arrived.

Look out for our first Wheatears landing on Hurst any day now.

Usual birds………

Brent Geese – still good numbers; around 400+ in area. Should be off back to Siberia soon.

Shelduck – 30+ across marsh

Pintail – about a dozen seen but could be […]

By |March 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Birdwatcher’s Notes: February

Many birds finding shelter, out of the wind, among the creeks.

Wildfowl numbers are reducing as winter draws to an end. No summer migrants yet; we have to wait till March.

Brent – 300+ possibly a few more. Many birds have set off back to Siberia to start breeding.

Shelduck – 30+

Wigeon – 30+

Eider – 1 male only […]

By |February 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Birdwatcher’s Notes: January

A few birds noted at end Jan:

There is a lot more wildfowl about now which is good.

Brent Goose – still good numbers around 750+

Shelduck – 50+

Wigeon – 80+

Pintail – 50+ – very good numbers for here.

Eider – 1 pr in river entrance (usual pair)

Goldeneye – 1 female in river.

Red Breasted Merg – 24 counted in various […]

By |February 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Castle featured in Hampshire Life magazine

Hurst Castle is featured in a three page article in the September issue of the Hampshire Life magazine.

By |September 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Concert by Swedish folk singer Sofie Livebrant at Hurst

Swedish ‘songcatcher’ Sofie Livebrant and her musicians Lisa Eriksson Langbacka and Hal Parfitt Murray entertained us with a memorable performance on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 in the Garrison Theatre. As part of Sofie’s Lighthouse Stories tour, the event included storytelling, as well as a short presentation by Patricia Gumbrell about her life as a lighthouse keeper’s daughter. […]

By |July 14th, 2015|0 Comments