At the end of July an enthusiastic group of youngsters travelled down to Cameron's Cottage for the summer Young Persons' New Forest Wildlife Camp.
Once again we had a great group of campers and there were many memorable wildlife experiences over the weekend.
Highlights included sightings of a host of scarce and rare invertebrates and moth trapping producing over 60 species including Dingy Mocha, Dark Crimson Underwing and the very smart Beautiful Snout. But for many it was watching a Nightjar hawking over the heath and then ringing a second year male that proved to be the most exciting moment of the camp.
Fungi were also a feature of the weekend, and a very fresh clump of Silky Rosegill right next to the cottage really caught our attention.
Amazing time with brilliant people. Great to spend a weekend surrounded by such enthusiasm. The highlights of my weekend were seeing my first Nightjar and Silky Rosegill.
Many thanks to the volunteers, Andy Page, Jane Pownall, Nigel Jones Tara Squire and mentors, Dimitri Moore, Max Cantrell and Tom Saunders, without whom the weekend wouldn't have been possible.
You can read more comments from the campers on the Wild New Forest Blog