Like most websites we use 'cookies'. If you're happy with that, click 'OK' to close this banner and carry on. Or click 'Find out more'.
From 28 March to 6 September 2015
Image: Mark Hamblin
If you go down to the woods today, be prepared for a big surprise.Because if you keep your eyes peeled, you might just catch sight of the majestic birds of prey that haunt the New Forest; goshawks, buzzards, sparrowhawks, kestrels and hobbies to name but a few! These feathered phantoms glide silently through the trees, relying on stealth to seek out their prey. And thanks to live footage from nest cameras, you can now witness the family life of all these enigmatic birds, up close and personal, from egg to first flight.But they're not the only attraction on this date - lapwings, curlews, redshanks, snipe, and woodlarks also live safely within the protection of the New Forest National Park, alongside the New Forest Reptile Centre, home to all the UK's native species of lizards, snakes, frogs and toads. Come and meet them - you'll be able to see them all in special reptile 'pods'.Are you going to enjoy yourself? There's more than a ghost of a chance... Entry to this date is free, but donations for parking are welcome.
Friendly staff and volunteers will be in the Forestry Commission's New Forest Reptile Centre daily, 10am - 4.30pm.
There is a large flat screen TV showing live and recorded footage from the nest, and another TV showing a film about other brilliant birds that nest in the New Forest.
We are at the Forestry Commission's New Forest Reptile Centre. By car, or bike, the centre is 2 miles south west of Lyndhurst off the A35.
Telephone: RSPB South East regional office on 01273 775333
This date has been brought to you with the help of Forestry Commission and New Forest National Park Authority. This project is being part-financed by the New Forest National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund. Webcam images are supplied by Carnyx Films.
Help us improve our Date with Nature pages. Take our quick survey.