Leaders: Doug Maughan and Phil Darley (HNHS Members)
The weather conditions were ideal for visiting this National Nature Reserve which has 369 acres of wetland in the Lower Meon Valley alongside the Solent.On the shoreline, with the Black-headed Gulls, were Turnstone busy searching among the pebbles and bathing.For the three hides on the east side seen were: Canada Geese in small flocks; a pair of Greylag Geese; a circling flock of Lapwing; and single Curlew, Oystercatcher, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe and Heron. A large bird was finally identified as a Marsh Harrier.From a hide on the west side seen were: a Cetti’s Warbler, several Shelduck, Shoveler, Ringed Plover and Reed Buntings. More than 10 Snipe were located.
The number of bird species counted was 52.