A Date With Nature: now closed for the winter...
will re-open on 1st April 2017
A Date with Nature is a collaboration between the RSPB, the New Forest National Park Authority, the Forestry Commission and Carnyx Wild.
The nestcam display, part of the RSPB's national Date with Nature programme, has run daily from the beginning of April to the end of August, 10 am to 4.30 pm, since 2006.
2016 was a successful year for filming buzzard.
This year, despite the weather being consistently mild, Spring seemed to be running a week late. We expected female raptors - goshawk and buzzard - to have chosen their nests early, but they were in fact late! Cameras were up in anticipation, but we could not go live until a female had settled down in the nest. The goshawk did not choose the nests we were set-up to watch, so we concentrated on the buzzard nest. Two chicks appeared after many weeks and started off well.
Then the camera went down for a week because of the timer shorting out in the horrendous down pours we got and during that black-out, something disturbing happened...one of the fledglings died - either from natural causes (unexpected at this stage) or (as evidence indicated) by the beak of its sibling! There certainly seemed to be some cannibalism at this point. Such is the harsh reality of life on the nest...
The survivor got even stronger now and finally fledged in July.
For further information and highlights from previous raptorcams and carcass-cams visit www.newforestgateway.org
What do other visitors say?
4 StarsColin Fountain, 15/Jun/2014
Pleasant surroundings,interesting setup for the reptiles and amphibians. would have liked to have spent more time there but got some good shots of Natterjacks, Adder, Sand Lizard and Pool Frog. Will return again early Autumn. Thanks