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Ancient Technology Centre -saxon-houseInformation about many local attractions can be found here together with photos and details of special events and features throughout the year.

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Blashford Bulletin October 2017

Autumn is a colourful time of year at Blashford Lakes, with the trees displaying
ceilings of golden leaves and fungi beginning to emerge on the woodland floor. On your visit to …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin August 2017

 

As August arrives, the trees at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve are

laden with leaves. As the grass in the meadow begins to die back, some flowers including heather, fleabane and hemp …[Read more...]


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Moors valley Country Park – to share in National Lottery Fund to improve access for people with disabilities.

Moors Valley Country Park & Forest near Ringwood is benefiting from a share in a half-million pound National Lottery-funded scheme to improve access for visitors with mobility and sensory impairments …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin June 2017

 
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The trees are in full leaf and the busy chirping of birds fills the air. No matter where your destination, be it over looking one of the lakes or the …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin April 2017

Spring has certainly sprung at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. Our overwintering flocks of ducks and geese will have departed, whilst migrant birds including swallows, swifts and martins will be arriving …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley – The Gruffalo comes to life with new app.

In the first development of its kind, Forestry Commission England and Magic Light Pictures are bringing The Gruffalo characters to life in the Moors Valley forest through a new, …[Read more...]


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Moyles Court School – April 2017

‘You’re in for a BIG surprise!’ at our Open Morning!
Moyles Court School is unique in that it lies within the boundaries of the New Forest National Park. To give children …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley – Knit a woolly winter warmer for the Gruffalo’s Child!

With winter upon us the Rangers at Moors Valley are asking for help to keep the Gruffalo’s child snug when the snow falls fast and the wind blows wild. They …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin February 2017

With spring just around the corner, the nature reserve is full of activity with winter visitors feeding up in preparation for their departure whilst breeding residents gather nesting materials and …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley – Two Golds for Moors Valley in Top Tourism Award

Moors Valley Country Park has ‘done the double’ by coming away with two Gold awards in this year’s Dorset Tourism Awards and was awarded Gold in both the ‘Access and …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin – December 2016

As winter progresses the lakes are continuing to fill up with ducks, with numbers peaking in December. If you are a beginner to bird watching, you can start to learn …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin – October 2016

Blashford Lakes celebrates its 20th Birthday
From industrial gravel pits to much-loved wildlife haven in just two decades.
Looking out onto Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trusts Ibsley Lake as birds …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley Railway Celebrates 30 Years of Steam.

Seventeen engines in full steam led the 30-year celebrations at Moors Valley Railway on 17 and 18 September as hundreds of people turned out to experience the enduring appeal of …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin – August 2016

As summer begins to turn, it’s time to look to the skies over Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve in search of passing migrants. Birds like osprey will be making their way …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin – June 2016

We are in the middle of summer and Blashford Lakes are full of life, with the insect world buzzing, the leaves on the trees still fresh and young birds fledging …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin – April 2016

Spring has certainly arrived, and Blashford Lakes has sprung to life. Leaves have been breaking bud and their brilliant fresh green colour is now filling the woodlands, along with the …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley – New attractions at award winning Country Park

East Dorset’s award-winning country park is introducing some unusual new attractions this spring. Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is already home to a miniature steam railway, Go Ape, tree …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin February 2016

With spring just around the corner, the nature reserve is full of activity with winter visitors feeding up in preparation for their departure whilst breeding residents gather nesting materials and get …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin December 2015

As winter progresses the lakes are continuing to fill up with ducks, with numbers peaking in December. If you are a beginner to bird watching, you can start to learn …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley – Winner of Winners in 2015 Dorset Tourism Awards

Sounds of celebration rang out through Moors Valley Country Park & Forest near Ringwood when they carried off one gold award, two silvers and the top accolade of Winner of …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin October 2015

Autumn is a colourful time of year at Blashford Lakes, with the trees displaying ceilings of golden leaves and fungi beginning to carpet the woodland floor. On your visit to …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood has just announced its summer programme of family-friendly events. Designed especially for children and families to enjoy, the packed programme includes bushcraft, cycling, fishing …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin August 2015

As August arrives, the trees at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve are laden with leaves. As the grass in the meadow begins to die back, some flowers including heather, fleabane and …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin June 2015

June is a beautiful month and a busy time at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. With the leaves on the trees still fresh and the longer days and increasing sunshine, everything …[Read more...]


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Crocodile spotted at Moors Valley Country Park! – June 2015

Young thrill seekers will love the new play structure at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, near Ringwood. Designed by award-winning landscape architects Davies White to encourage a wide range …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley – Super-Sensory Superworm Trail opens at Moors Valley – April 2015

A new super-story family trail opened in March at MoorsValleyCountryPark, near Ringwood. The Park is one of only 20 sites in the UK to open a new Superworm activity trail …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley – Celebrating the Best of British Wildlife Photography – April 2015

The highly-acclaimed British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) exhibition opened at MoorsValleyCountryPark on 21st March and features the best of thousands of stunning entries celebrating the beauty and diversity of British …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin April 2015

Spring has almost certainly sprung, heralded at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve by the departure of our flocks of wintering ducks and geese and the arrival of many migrant birds, along …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin February 2015

As the winter draws to a close with the promise of spring just around the corner the nature reserve is busy with winter visitors feeding up before they leave whilst …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley – February 2015

MoorsValley Helps Make Memories
As more and more families become reliant on technology for their entertainment Rangers at Moors Valley Country Park in East Dorset are using the same resources to …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin December 2014

As the winter progresses, the lakes are continuing to fill up with ducks and the numbers will tend to peak now in December.  Even if you are a beginner to …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley – December 2014

CountryPark recognised with prestigious Tour Award.

Staff at MoorsValleyCountryPark and Forest near Ringwood are celebrating after the Park received a Silver Award in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category …[Read more...]


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Moors Valley – October 2014

Rare Dragonfly flies into Moors valley and stays.
A rare dragonfly is now thought to have bred successfully at MoorsValleyCountryPark near Ringwood.
First recorded in Britain in 1996, the Lesser Emperor …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin October 2014

Autumn is a colourful time of year in our forests with their beautiful ceilings of golden leaves and their carpets of fungus spreading over the woodland floor. A few to …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin August 2014

It is time to keep your eyes to the skies to look out for passing migrants as birds including osprey make their way back to Africa. When it rains watch …[Read more...]


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Fanfare for Spring

Bigger and better than before!
I thought that last year’s Fanfare for Spring was pretty good and would be a hard act to follow, but I’m sure everyone will agree that …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin June 2014

We are in the midst of summer and there are young chicks fledging left, right and centre at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve! On Ivy Lake the tern chicks are taking …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin April 2014

On a warm sunny day at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve the air is full of bird song, the buzzing of insect wings and the occasional rustle as a grass snake …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin February 2014

Spring is on the way and there is a lot to do to get ready for our summer migrants. Sand martins are one of the first summer visitors to …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin December 2013

It is now one of the best times to visit Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. In the heart of winter the waters and woodlands are packed full of birds that have …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin October 2013

It’s autumn and many of our migrants are passing through as they fly further north for the winter with some choosing to stay with us for the season at Blashford …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin August 2013

Things to look out for in the coming months at the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, Ibsley.
You never know quite what you might see at Blashford Lakes during late summer; but …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin June 2013

Summer is a brilliant time to immerse yourself into the world of bugs and where better place to start than a visit to Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve! Explore the site …[Read more...]


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Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne

The Ancient Technology Centre is poised to make its mark on the landscape later this year when it unveils its latest reconstructions…at Old Sarum and Stonehenge!  The ATC was awarded …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin April 2013

Every holiday we work with the Bridge’s and Pathways Children’s Centre, based in Ringwood and Fordingbridge, running wildlife discovery events for local families. On our last trip out together we …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin February 2013

During February and March the wildfowl numbers are at their peak at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. The lakes are nationally important for their Coot population which often totals over 1,800 …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin December 2012

This year has certainly been particularly soggy; we experienced the wettest summer recorded since 1912. The wet weather is likely to have reduced the success of pollination this year. Plants …[Read more...]


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Blashford Bulletin October 2012

Autumn has arrived and lots of our winter residents have returned and settled back in to life on the nature reserve. As we progress further towards winter the lakes will …[Read more...]


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The Blashford Bulletin – August 2012

Things to look out for in the coming months at the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, Ibsley.
Late summer at Blashford Lakes is a good time to look out for kingfishers as …[Read more...]


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Pedal Car Grand Prix 2012

Sunday 15th July 2012
Celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
Exciting news, as demand for the team entries for the whacky style pedal car race held in Ringwood grows rapidly; we are nearly up to …[Read more...]


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The Blashford Bulletin – June 2012

 
During the summer Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve is a brilliant place to explore and discover the world of invertebrates. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will be running a …[Read more...]


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The Blashford Bulletin – April 2012

Things to look out for in the coming months at the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, Ibsley.
Situated just 2 miles north of Ringwood off the A338, Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve is …[Read more...]


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The Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne in Dorset

The Ancient Technology Centre started as a school experimental archaeology project in 1985/6 with the reconstruction of a full-size roundhouse with the help of local school children.  They were entirely …[Read more...]