We were delighted to be able to sponsor and participate in the Wild New Forest Nature Camp 2019 which was held at the Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu, Hampshire at the end of May. This was the second camp we sponsored during the May school half-term.
This event is aimed at young wildlife enthusiasts between the ages of 12 and 17 and provides a fantastic opportunity for them to experience the wildlife of the New Forest in the company of like-minded people.
The 15 youngsters who attended the event took part in a host of outdoor activities including moth trapping, bird ringing and nest finding. We hasten to add that all of these exercises took place under the appropriate licenses and under the guidance of experts. The budding young naturalists were also able to examine a huge variety of invertebrates during the course of the weekend.
This 2019 event was organised and led by Wild New Forest, a volunteer group that co-ordinates wildlife surveys to support conservation action in the New Forest National Park www.wildnewforest.co.uk
The camp was previously run in conjunction with HOS (Hampshire Ornithological Society) but we wanted to expand and include a more generic wildlife experience rather than focus solely on birds.
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