Moorhen take off.
Near the village of Fritham in the New Forest you can find Eyeworth Pond. Latchmore Brook was dammed in 1871 to supply water to the nearby Schultze Gunpowder Factory, which was based around Eyeworth Lodge and began making powder for sporting guns in 1859. Ten years later Edward Schultze took charge of the factory and began production of smokeless gunpowder on a large scale, employing around 100 people at the height of production. The factory closed in 1921 but the pond remains. The woodland around the pond is good for small birds.
Another Blue Tit -this one mid-jump!
Long Tailed Tit.
Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Hythe Pier stretches 700 yards from the town of Hythe to the deep water channel of Southampton Water. It has a pedestrian walkway and a Pier Railway. From the Pier head a Ferry runs between Hythe and the city of Southampton.
A company was formed to construct a pier. After much delay the pier opened on January 1st, 1881
Trucks carrying luggage along the pier to the ferry were found to be damaging the pier decking, and in 1909 a narrow gauge railway was constructed on the northern side of the pier to replace the trucks. The vehicles were hand-propelled, and the track was laid flush with the pier decking.
A ferry has operated across Southampton Water since the middle ages today the ferry takes 10 minutes to cross each way.
In 1922 the current electrified railway was constructed on the southern side of the pier. At the pier head is a small covered station and waiting room.
During autumn 2016 the current owner, White Horse Ferries announced that the Hythe ferry was no longer a commercially viable business. Today the pier is run down and looks rather shabby. Strong community support to save the pier and this historic link to Southampton has grown and it is hoped this historic site will be saved.
Over the water from Titchfield Haven, our usual spot is Calshot Dominated by Calshot Coastguard Tower next to the lifeboat station and Calshot Castle.
There is a footpath that takes you along the coast up Southampton Water with the disused power station on one side and salt marsh on the other.
Plenty of bird life on the mashes but all quite far off.
Large flocks of Curlew were close to the waters edge.
Redshank jumping the void.
more of a loner this ? Sandpiper was busily feeding on the edge of the water.
Over the last few weeks, Brent Geese have been arriving on the South Coast.
All these birds just a stone’s throw from the shipping lanes.
Today we visited Kents most southerly point an atmospheric spot where a mixture of old fishing huts many of which have become designer holiday homes. Many rusting winches remain to show that the small fleet of beach-launched fishing boats was a lot larger in the past.
There are 2 lighthouses the modern concrete lighthouse replaced the old lighthouse which became obsolete when the nuclear power station was built which dominates the area set on the shingle the area looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
However, Dungeness has been designated as a National Nature Reserve a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation. It is said to be the home to 600 species of plants which is a third of all plants found in the UK.
There is a steam narrow gauge railway going to Dungeness which runs most days.