Bird Trail 2017


Sunday 24th September at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve


Bird TrailFollowing on from the success of the 2016 Bird Trail we will, again, be holding the event at HIWWT’s Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. 


Bird Trail is a fun day designed for accompanied teams of youngsters to have a go and develop their bird watching with skilled support from Hampshire Ornithological Society and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust volunteers. 


Teams of youngsters, accompanied by their adult leaders and a HOS volunteer, follow a trail of bird watching and other activities at stations around the nature reserve which include bird hides, pond dipping, owl pellet dissection, tree identification, bird ringing demonstration and moth trap investigation. They collect points as they go around the stations and these are added up for certificates and prizes.


Bird TrailMany thanks to all of you who have already signed up as volunteers, sponsors or to bring a group. Please let me know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to help as a volunteer or with sponsorship.


We still need volunteers to act as a guide, help with ‘admin’ on the day (registration, binocular distribution, checking sheets etc.) or to support the other activities. Please let me know your preference. There will be a briefing and orientation session for volunteers at Blashford Lakes on Saturday, 16th September at 09:30. You are then welcome to stay at the reserve or it leaves rest of your day free.


Bird TrailSponsorship of any kind, such as 12 individual prizes, would be much appreciated.

If you are involved with, or know of, groups of young people [aged 5 - 18] please enter a team. Teams are allocated on a first come first served basis. The maximum number of young people per group is 12 and they must be accompanied by the relevant number of leaders (this depends on the age of the youngsters - some need just one, but the younger ones require a higher ratio - the leaders will know). Teams must be booked in advance. To sign up a team or for further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Bird TrailOur President, Chris Packham has been a supporter of the Bird Trail for many years and hopes to join us at this year’s event, subject to filming obligations as yet unknown. Those of you who were at last year’s Bird Trail will remember Chris spent some time with us and was interactive with the activities and young people as well as giving a talk and handing out prizes at the closing ceremony. Chris says  ‘if I am in the UK I will be with you.”