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Blashford Bulletin June 2020

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

At the height of summer the reserve is teeming with life. From the woodland canopy to the waterside, adult birds are encouraging their young to take their first steps away from the nest: fledgling Oystercatcher, Lapwing and Little ringed plover chicks at Ibsley Water are gaining their independence whilst the Common tern chicks will be taking their first leap away from the comfort of the Tern rafts on Ivy Lake.

Easily recognisable are the Great crested grebe chicks with their black and white humbug faces, swimming close to the parent bird, whilst hundreds of Greylag and Canada geese will be carrying out their moult. Whilst they are replacing old feathers for new, they are vulnerable to predators like foxes, so they use the lakes to stay safe.

Take a stroll down to Ivy South hide and you are quite likely to spot a grass snake basking in the warm summer sun, either resting upon a fallen tree in the silt pond to the right or on an old stump outside the hide itself. 

On your way there look out amongst the shorter grasses  and on the path for emerging toadlets – they are small, very well camouflaged and easily overlooked until one catches your eye and you realise you are surrounded.

The mixture of wetland, woodland and grassland here at Blashford Lakes makes the reserve a brilliant place for dragonflies and damselflies, with Brown hawker, Common darter, Emperor and Black tailed skimmer dragonflies all on the wing as well as Common blue and Azure blue damselflies. Their life cycle requires wetlands for the start of their life along with open woodland and grassland in which to hunt as an adult. We often are asked by visitors how to tell dragonflies and damselflies apart: the best way is to wait until they are sitting still or perched on vegetation, as damselflies tend to hold their wings over their bodies whilst dragonflies will rest with them stretched out to the side.

To discover more about the reserve’s insect life why not ‘go wild’ with Education Officer Jim Day on our ‘Bugs and Beasties’ family event on Saturday 4th July from 10.30am until 12noon. You will be able to explore the meadow and discover a fantastic and fascinating miniature world of grasshoppers, crickets, damselflies, spiders and bugs galore! Telephone 01425 472760 or email BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk to book your place.

 

The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Bournemouth Water, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect local wildlife and inspire people. For information on upcoming events visit our website: www.hiwwt.org.uk or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog: blashfordlakes.wordpress.com

Blashford Bulletin April 2020

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Sand-Martin-by-Steve-FarmerSpring’s arrival has brought a flurry of joyous activity at Blashford Lakes. All you need to hear is the easily recognisable call of the cuckoo echoing round and you will know that spring, with all its promise, colour and life is definitely here.osprey--ed-bennett
The sky is full of aerial displays from visiting birds such as the swifts, swallows and sand martins which have flown in to nest. It is amazing to think the swallows zig-zagging over the lakes have travelled over two thousand miles, covering two hundred a day and reaching speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Make sure to keep your eyes to the sky as with luck on your side you may even see an osprey as they pass overhead making their return journey from Africa. Chiffchaff-David-KilbeyAs well as these spectacular sightings, listen to the woodland birds like the goldcrest and chiffchaff whose warning song is used to claim their feeding territory.
To enjoy this crescendo of bird song why not join our Reserves and Education Officers for an early morning Dawn Chorus experience on Friday 24th April, as part of our monthly Dine and Discover series of events. Starting at 5am, enjoy a guided walk and introduction to bird song and call identification, with caffeine on arrival and finishing with a campfire breakfast. Booking is essential, please telephone 01425 472760.Common-dog-violet
On the edges of the footpaths you can find the new growth of the season, such as the heart’s-tongue fern which brings a burst of greenery to the reserve, accompanied by the familiar bright hues of the bluebells and common dog violets. In the meadow the ox-eye daisies will be beginning to flower, alongside yellow rattle, bird’s foot trefoils and various vetch species.
Slender-birds-foot-trefoil--Bob-ChapmanIf April’s early start does not appeal, on Friday 29th May you can join us on another Dine and Discover event about the wildlife and bush-craft uses of the humble stinging nettle: harvest the stems to make string, sweep them for invertebrates and pick the tender tops for a simple campfire meal shared with like minded adults. Booking again is essential.
The warmer weather is bringing out an abundance of insect life with an ever growing list of colourful butterflies and shiny beetles amongst the long grasses, along with the first damselfly and dragonfly nymphs emerging from the pond as adults.

The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Bournemouth Water, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect local wildlife and inspire people.

For information on upcoming events visit our website:www.hiwwt.org.uk or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog:
blashfordlakes.wordpress.com.

Blashford Bulletin February 2020

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Great-Crested-Grebe-With the onset of spring the nature reserve teems with activity, with winter visitors feeding up in preparation for their departure whilst breeding residents gather nesting materials and prepare for the bustle of courtship.

In an elaborate display the great crested grebe pairs Bittern-by-Ian-Cameron-Reidwill meet and mirror their partners dance, rising out of the water, shaking their heads and offering up gifts of weed. The lapwing will exhibit over Ibsley Water, their distinctive ‘peewit’ calls heard as they waver in the sky above.

If we have been lucky enough to have an over-wintering bittern frequenting the reed beds in front of Ivy North Hide, now is a good time to catch a final glimpse of this secretive bird before it too departs at the end of March. Why not join Education Officer Jim Day for lunch around the campfire and a walk in search of our winter birds on our Dine and Discover Winter Wetlands event on Friday 28th February, from 11am until 3pm. Please telephone to book your place.

wild-daffodil-Alison-Fowler-With the days lengthening again after the long winter, the warming rays of sunlight see the ground flora slowly beginning to wake up. Golden blooms have been sprouting through the leaf mulch, from the wild daffodils on the banks of the Dockens Water and the unfurling willow catkins along the meadow to the small patches of celandines and primroses dotted throughout the woodland. Yellow, it seems really is the colour of spring.Grass-Snake-Martin-King

With the fresh blooms come the first butterflies of the year; look out for the brimstone, comma and peacock whilst out walking. Reptiles will also be tempted out by the warmth of the sun and it is a good time to spot adders and grass snakes sunbathing along the edges of the paths as they are still quite slow and sluggish after the cold winter.

Osprey-Gary-PrescottAnother exciting sight at this time of year is the migrating birds that briefly pass through the reserve on their way elsewhere. Look out for the impressive osprey that may stop for a quick feed before carrying on along their way. The sand martins will also be returning soon and showing off their spectacular flying skills in front of Goosander Hide.

In this transitional period at Blashford the staff and volunteers have been working hard coppicing willow, cutting and clearing brambles, making dead hedges and generally getting the reserve ready for the summer ahead.

The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Bournemouth Water, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect local wildlife and inspire people.

For information on upcoming events visit our website:www.hiwwt.org.uk or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog:
blashfordlakes.wordpress.com.

 

Blashford Bulletin December 2019

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

As the cold weather moves in through the winter so does the population of visiting birds at Blashford. Duck numbers are peaking and the lakes continue to swarm with waterfowl feeding on the lake surfaces Blashford-shoveler-male-and-female-by-Dave-Foker-Dec-2019and the edges of the shoreline. The Goosander and Tufted duck dive down into the water to catch their meal, putting on an enjoyable show for the bird watchers sat in the hides. Even more entertaining however is the Shoveler, which spins round and round creating currents in the water and using its spatula like bill to scoop up aquatic plants and insects which have been pulled into the eddies.

Blashford-Wigeon-by-Bob-Chapman-Dec-2019To get a closer look at some of our waterfowl, why not join ‘In Focus’, optics and binocular specialists, for one of their regular events to try out different binoculars and telescopes in the bird hide and find out what is best for you. These events usually take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 10am-4pm in the Tern Hide. Check the In Focus website for date confirmation: www.at-infocus.co.uk

Listen carefully whilst walking to and from the lakeside hides for the Wigeon’s distinctive whistle as it grazes on the bank. Then whilst wandering into the woodland listen to the bird calls coming from the feeders. Blashford-Siskin-by-Martin-Bennett-Dec-2019Here you can see a variety of birds including visitors such as the Siskin, Redpoll and Brambling alongside our regular feeders the Nuthatch, Long-tailed tit, Robin, Blue tit and Great tit.Blashford-Brambling-by-Ian-Cameron-Reid-Dec-2019

Away from the easy pickings of the bird feeders look out for the Treecreeper. A small brown bird with a striking white tummy and curved pointy beak, it could be mistaken for a mouse as it moves up the trunks of trees with small hops in search of insects and spiders.

As we move into the New Year the first flowers of the new season will start to appear. Blashford-Snowdrops-by-Bob-Chapman-Dec-2019Patches of snowdrops emerge along the river verges and the hazel catkins begin to slowly open and unfurl.

Amongst the deadwood and wet ground the scarlet elf cup fungi, one of the first in the year, begins to grow, painting vivid spots of colour into the woodland habitat. Blashford-Scarlet-elf-cup-by-Bob-Chapman-Dec-2019Also visible are the many types of lichen we have on display at this time of year, a small scale habitat but one just as extraordinary for you to come and discover.

The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Bournemouth Water, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect local wildlife and inspire people.

For information on upcoming events visit our website:www.hiwwt.org.uk or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog:
blashfordlakes.wordpress.com.

Blashford Bulletin October 2019

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Blashford-Candle-snuff-fungus-Bob-ChapmanAutumn is a beautiful time of year at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve with fantastic displays of colour all around. The trees above are now providing a medley of autumnal hues whilst on the ground below many different types of fungi such as the candle snuff and amethyst deceiver begin to emerge. Still on the wing are the peacock and red admiral butterflies, creating pops of brilliant colour amongst the golden backdrop of leaves.Blashford-Red-admiral-by-Bob-Chapman

We will be exploring an autumnal Blashford Lakes during the October Half Term with our Wild Days Out children’s events, discovering how nature responds to the cooler weather. Seven to twelve year olds can join us for an Autumn Adventure on Tuesday 29th October whilst Thursday 31st is for children aged five to eight. Booking is essential; please visit www.hiwwt.org.uk/events for further details and to book online.

Blashford-Migrant-hawker-Bob-ChapmanIf you listen carefully you will hear the autumn hubbub of bush cricket chirps, the crunching of leaves underfoot and even the beating of wings by the common darter and migrant hawker dragonflies which will stay active until the temperature drops. On Ibsley Water the roosting gulls, geese and other wintering wildfowl may also be heard. Try your hand at identifying all of our visiting ducks which have been gathering on the water, from the striking teal and goldeneye to the modest gadwall and pochard.Blashford-Bittern-Jason-Crook

With luck on your side you may see a kingfisher down by the river or the great white egret fishing along the shallows of the lakeshore. Having returned from France where it spends its summer, the great white egret will now spend the rest of autumn and winter here. In late October we may also see our first sightings of a bittern; last year we were treated to a long stay by a very obliging bird which showed well for visitors and photographers alike, so as the reed beds die back creating greater vantage points this is our best time to wait and see.

Blashford-Clifden-non-pareil-upperside-by-Bob-ChapmanWhen the light starts to fade the bats emerge to catch their night’s hunt and we continue to run our light trap for moths. The mild nights will be perfect conditions for catching some migrant rarities such as the vestal, as well as some more regular finds like the Clifden nonpareil or blue underwing, which has slowly become more established locally in southern England.

The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Bournemouth Water, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect local wildlife and inspire people.

For information on upcoming events visit our website:www.hiwwt.org.uk or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog:
blashfordlakes.wordpress.com.

Blashford Bulletin August 2019

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

As August turns into September it is time to look to the skies for passing migrants. Osprey may fly over or pause here briefly as they begin their long journey back to Africa whilst our hirundines will be gathering to feed over Ibsley Water before they too head south. A good time to look for this feeding frenzy of martins, swallows and swifts is just after rain, which brings the insects down over the water.

As some birds leave others will be arriving. Our regular Great White Egret ‘Walter’ may return from a summer in France to once again spend the Autumn and Winter with us. We know it is the same bird as he was ringed in France in 2003 as a nestling with a combination of coloured rings, making him easily identifiable when his rings are on show. Fingers crossed he will be back this year.

Duck numbers will also slowly increase, with the arrival of gadwall, tufted duck, wigeon and shoveler. At this time of year it can be quite difficult to identify them as the usually distinctive drakes have moulted into a somewhat drab ‘eclipse’ plumage, similar to the females.  This is thought to be a survival mechanism, making them less conspicuous whilst they moult their flight feathers.

On a sunny day it is still worth searching for colourful butterflies as they wing from flower to flower; see comma, painted lady, peacock, red admiral and brimstone to name just a few.  Dragonflies and damselflies will also be out, with southern and migrant hawkers patrolling their feeding grounds and gatherings of common blue damselflies creating a dazzling haze over the edges of Ivy Lake.

If they have had a successful breeding season, late summer is the perfect time to keep an eye out for the brilliant blue flash of the kingfisher as their fledglings disperse out across the reserve to establish territories of their own. If you’re lucky, you may even get a view of one perched on a branch over Ivy Lake, Ivy Silt Pond or Ibsley Water: Goosander Hide is usually a good place to try.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays our new ‘Welcome Hut’ will be open so do call by to say hello to our lovely Welcome Volunteers, who will have a selection of pond creatures to show visitors and perhaps even a moth or two, depending on what the light trap has caught the night before.

The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Bournemouth Water, New Forest District Council and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect local wildlife and inspire people.

For information on upcoming events visit our website:www.hiwwt.org.uk or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog:
blashfordlakes.wordpress.com.

 

Blashford Bulletin June 2019

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Blashford-Oystercatcher-chick-by-Jason-CrookWe are in the middle of summer and the reserve is full of life. The insect world is buzzing, the leaves on the trees are still fresh and our young birds are embarking on their first flights away from the nest. From the water’s edge to the woodland canopy, this year’s young will be fledging and gaining independence. The air will continue to be full of birdsong with many birds singing throughout June as their mates produce a second brood.Blashford---speckled-wood-by-Peter-West

On the shoreline of Ibsley Water Oystercatcher, Lapwing and Little Ringed Plover chicks will be venturing further from their parents whilst foraging on the shoreline for food.

On Ivy Lake the Common Tern chicks will be taking their first leap away from the comfort of their nest, whilst the Great Crested Grebe chicks with their black and white humbug faces are now too big to catch a ride on their parent’s back.

Blashford’s insect life is best viewed on a sunny day, with the meadow and the pond behind the Education Centre both fabulous places to just sit and be still. Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma and Speckled Wood butterflies are all plentiful and in the meadow the summery sound of chirruping crickets and grasshoppers will delight your ears. On Saturday 6th July from 10am until 11.30am you can join the Education Officer to ‘Catch the Bug’ and discover the miniature world of the grasshoppers, crickets, spiders and bugs that inhabit our meadow. Please book by telephoning 01425 472760.Blashford-Oxe-eye-Daisies-by-Bob-Chapman

Blashford-black-tailed-skimmer-Bob-ChapmanThe mixture of wetland, woodland and grassland mae wing along with Common Blue and Azure Blue damselflies. Their life cycle requires wetlands for the start of their life along with open woodland and grassland in which tkes the reserve a brilliant place for dragonflies and damselflies, with Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Emperor and Black Tailed Skimmer dragonflies all on tho hunt as an adult. We are often asked how to tell dragonflies and damselflies apart: the best way is to wait until they are sitting still or perched on vegetation, as damselflies tend to hold their wings over their bodies whilst dragonflies will rest with them stretched out to the side.Blashford-Grass-Snake-by-Martin-King

Closer to the ground, keep an eye out for Grass snakes basking on the alder logs and stumps outside Ivy South Hide or on the fallen trees on the edge of Ivy Silt Pond.

The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Bournemouth Water, New Forest District Council and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect local wildlife and inspire people.

For more information visit www.hiwwt.org.uk or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog:
blashfordlakes.wordpress.com.

 

 

Blashford Bulletin April 2019

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Spring is in full swing, heralded by the departure of our overwintering flocks of geese and ducks and the arrival of migrants back to our shores such as Blashford-Lapwing-chick-by-HIWWTswallows, swifts and martins. If you spend a bit of time watching the surface of the lakes you can catch them displaying acrobatically overhead as they feed. On the edge of Ibsley Water waders including lapwing, oystercatcher, little ringed plover and common sandpiper will be showing as they search for food.

Blashford-Blackcap-by-David-KilbeyIn the woodland now a brilliant fresh green, listen out as birds like chiffchaff, blackcap and goldcrest use their song to stake their claim to their feeding territories. The birds on the reserve are busily mating, building nests and rearing their young. If they have a good breeding season, Tern Hide will be the place to visit for a glimpse of a lapwing or oystercatcher chick as they move along the shoreline in search of worms and insects.

Blashford-Emperor-dragonfly--emerging-by-Jim-DayIf the weather is fine the air will begin to come alive with the buzzing of insect wings, with the pond behind the Education Centre the perfect spot to sit quietly and watch newly emerged dragonflies, such as the downy emerald and emperor, and damselflies including the common blue and blue tailed.

On Monday 15th April from 10.30am until 12noon you can discover the wonderful depths of the Blashford pond by joining us on a family pond dip. Please telephone 01425 472760 to book your place, suggested donation £4 per person.Blashford-Bluebell-by-Eleanor-Joy-Wilkins

Take a walk along Dockens Water and you will be rewarded with a splash of spring colour courtesy of the bluebells in full bloom along its banks. Other spring flowers to look out for on the nature reserve include ground ivy, violets and primroses.

All this makes Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve a wonderful place to enjoy everything spring has to offer! For a day out with a difference, join us on Friday 31st May from 11am until 3pm as we dine in the woodland and discover the humble stinging nettle. This is  our first monthly event for adults excited by wildlife, nature and the outdoors.  Harvest the stems and learn how to make nettle string, sweep them for invertebrates and then pick the tender tops for a simple campfire meal prepared and shared with like minded adults, booking essential via BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk or 01425 472760, cost £21.

The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Bournemouth Water, New Forest District Council and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect local wildlife and inspire people.

For more information visit www.hiwwt.org.uk or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog:
blashfordlakes.wordpress.com.

 

Blashford Bulletin February 2019

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

 

Blashford Starlings-by-Jim-DayBlashford Lakes is getting a makeover! Blashford-Lapwing-Ian-Cameron-ReidThe unique mix of habitats at the Wildlife Trust nature reserve is home to a range of wildlife from kingfishers and otters to our famous great white egret, Walter. Soon visitors will be able to enjoy looking for and learning about our iconic wildlife and more besides from our new and much improved facilities.

Thanks to generous donations from the local community and funding from Veolia Environment Trust, we are able to renovate parts of the reserve to make it as welcoming as it can be for people and wildlife.

We have begun work on a number of changes and you may notice some parts of the reserve are inaccessible or currently not looking their best. However, this is only temporary and the results will be a vastly improved and altogether better nature reserve.

Here is what we have in store…

Blashford-Snipe-Ian-Cameron-Reid•  A brand new bird hide – this will be a much bigger, more flexible space overlooking Ibsley Water than the existing Tern Hide it replaces. The new hide will have a green roof perfect for pollinators and will provide panoramic views so you can get the best look at the lakes’ wonderful wildlife.

•  A second pond and a new sensory garden – these additions will provide new habitat for wildlife and more accessible pond dipping areas for visiting groups of children and adults.

•  A welcome hut and more seating – a new welcome hut will be manned by volunteers who will greet visitors and answer questions about the wildlife. We will also introduce more seating and picnic tables.

•  A new wildlife discovery trail and improved signage – we are creating a new discovery trail with beautiful willow sculptures and chainsaw carvings for visitors to enjoy. New and improved signs will guide visitors and provide more information about the reserve’s wildlife.

•  A new elevated viewpoint – this will be beside the main car park to give panoramic views across Ibsley Water, ideal for viewing starling murmurations and other gatherings of birds.

We’re very excited about the improvements to Blashford Lakes; it is such a special place and we hope the new developments will help more people experience and appreciate the wonderful wildlife on our doorstep.

To help the birds through the last of Winter why not join us to weave a willow bird feeder on Monday 18th February from 10.30am until 12noon. Please telephone 01425 472760 to book your space, cost £5 per feeder.

The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Bournemouth Water, New Forest District Council and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect local wildlife and inspire people.

For information on upcoming events visit our website: www.hiwwt.org.uk or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog:
blashfordlakes.wordpress.com.

 

Blashford Bulletin December 2018

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

As winter progresses the lakes continue to fill up with ducks, with numbers tending to peak in December. Even if you are a beginner to bird watching there is nothing quite like sitting in a bird hide and watching them peacefully feed on the lake, using any observations you make of their feeding habits to help with identification.

The wigeon is a dabbling duck which feeds on aquatic plants and can also be seen out of the water grazing the grass on the banks. As you sit in the hides listen out for its distinctive whistle which carries well across the lake.

The shoveler also dabbles but in a much more entertaining way! It uses its huge spatula like bill to sift the water but at the same time will often spin round and round in an attempt to create currents in the water which bring the food to them.

The black and white male tufted duck is a diving duck, so you will see it diving down in to the water to catch its dinner. The goosander also dives down and is a member of the sawbill family, named after the serrated edge to its bill which helps it to catch fish.

Moving away from the water and into the woodland, bird watching continues to be enjoyable as the bare trees leave fewer places for the birds to hide. One bird that is more easily seen here than in other woods is the treecreeper.  A small brown bird with a striking white tummy and curved pointy beak could be mistaken for a mouse as it moves up the trunks of trees with small hops in search of insects and spiders.

The woodland hide is always busy as birds flock to the feeders for an easy meal.Winter visitors to look out for include siskin, redpoll and brambling.

Of course Blashford Lakes isn’t just brilliant for birds. As we move in to the new year the first flowers of the year will start to appear. Small patches of snowdrops can be seen along the river and the first fungi of the year will also be starting to show. The scarlet elf cap feeds on dead wood and thrives in our wet woodland habitats. As the name suggests it is a bright red cup shaped fungus creating a welcoming splash of colour amongst the leaf litter.

The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Bournemouth Water, New Forest District Council and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect local wildlife and inspire people.

For information on upcoming events visit our website: www.hiwwt.org.uk or phone: 01425 472760. For up-to-date wildlife information visit our blog:
blashfordlakes.wordpress.com.