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manderz



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:53 pm    Post subject: The New Forest Reply with quote

Thinking of going to The New Forest for a little holiday in July, has anyone been that can recommend anywhere to stay and things to see (wildlife wise) please??

Thanks very much.

Mandy
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Tricia



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: Re: The New Forest Reply with quote

manderz wrote:
Thinking of going to The New Forest for a little holiday in July, has anyone been that can recommend anywhere to stay and things to see (wildlife wise) please??

Thanks very much.

Mandy


Mandy - my mother and I stayed at The Clouds Hotel in Brockenhurst about 4 year's ago. Very comfortable and good food. I'll try to remember what we did but it wasn't a very energetic holiday as my mother, who is a little elderly, - was about 84 at that time.

I know we visited the Owl and Otter Sanctuary where they look after birds that cannot be released back into the wild because of injury/illness etc.

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manderz



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Tricia, we want to go somewhere fairly close to Sussex as my mother is 86 now and I don't want to be too far away incase!! I have to leave here behind with carers. It would be nice to go somewhere where we might see birds -- thought maybe New Forest or maybe Suffolk, ideas really appreciated. Thanks. Mandy
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Pete



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you go to suffolk then Minsmere naturally.

in the new forest? any area of heathland will have stonechats!

http://www.strollingguides.co.uk/books/newforest/places/2314-Fritham.php

eyeworth pond (see link above) has Mandarin Ducks and it is the only place I've seen 3 kingfishers.

you could do worse than checkout this blog

http://maryosborn.blogspot.com/

oh and try here

http://www.rspb.org.uk/brilliant/sites/newforest/

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Tricia



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

manderz wrote:

Thanks Tricia, we want to go somewhere fairly close to Sussex as my mother is 86 now


You're welcome Mandy. The New Forest is a good place to go in terms on journey time from where you are.

My mother's now 88 - and she lives in West Sussex. Obviously Sussex is the place to be.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it seemed we were booking too late for New Forest, so we have booked a week in Suffolk. I would love to go to Minsmere. We will be staying reasonably close to Southwold. Can anyone give some other ideas of good walks/birding outings please?? Have been to North Norfolk but never Suffolk.

Excited!!

Many thanks

Mandy
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Pete



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gets brain into gear......

I don't often go to that part of suffolk.

There is http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/n/northwarren/index.asp

when you go to Minsmere you could go to the back of Sizewell power station. Black Redstart can be seen on the power station. Keep your bins on any black bird on the tops of buildings.

Wander around Dunwich Heath for Dartford Warbler (walk down the path towards Minsmere with the NT Toilets to your left.

oh and you could pop up to the broads for the day I guess. there are some nice places around there

oh and this may help
http://www.suffolkwildlife.co.uk/nr/sites/index.htm
http://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature%20reserves/index.htm

obviously some of those sites are relatively small. Some have open visitors centres at weekends.

lots of lovely villages and old churches.

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manderz



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Pete, that's really helpful. I will check our your links in more detail later on. We are RSPB members so it will be good to use our membership to visit their reserves. Don't have too many of them near to us in East Sussex. I am so excited, seems a haven for wildlife... just hope the weather will be kind, its not the same doning waterproofs when its warm and wet!! Mandy
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