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Friday 10 May 2013

Come and get involved with one of Fareham's hidden treasures!

Groundwork Solent, in partnership with Fareham Borough Council, the Environment Agency, and Hampshire County Council are running a series of free environmental events this month.

They're taking place along the shoreline of Hook-with-Warsash Local Nature Reserve (LNR), and around Hook Lake, with the aim of raising the profile of one of Fareham's hidden treasures.

The Hook-with-Warsash LNR is one of Fareham's greatest assets. The approximately 500 acre site, running alongside the mouth of the river Hamble, contains a variety of important habitats from mudflats to grassland and mature woodland, which are home to an array of rare plants and wildlife. Hook Lake is on the South-East side of the Hook-with-Warsash LNR and also contains a wide variety of wildlife, particularly birds such as Warblers, Buntings, Herons and Kingfishers.

Five free environmental events are being run in the area as part of pilot scheme, The Warsash & Locks Heath Streams Project, to help people living nearby become more involved with their local green space. On each day you will be able to learn new skills and find out about the environmental importance of Hook Lake.

Becky Spake, Community Programmes Manager at Groundwork Solent said: "The project has been developed by The East Hampshire Catchment Group as an exciting new way for communities to engage with their local green space. Groundwork are proud to support the local community to develop new skills and learn a whole range of environmental knowledge to enhance their enjoyment of the site."

Executive Member for the Environment at Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Keith Evans, said: "These events are a great way for people of all ages to find out more about one of the Borough's biggest environmental assets. Hook-with-Warsash Local Nature Reserve and Hook Lake contain a wealth of rare and protected wildlife and plants; I'd encourage anyone to go along to one of these sessions and help preserve them in the future."


The events are as follows:

Saturday 11th May 2013

Saturday Stroll – 10:00am

Meeting Point – The car park past the Hook Lake bridge on Newtown Road.

Come and join us on a family Saturday stroll and learn about the variety of different bird species from Warblers to Kingfishers that inhabit the area.


Thursday 16th May 2013

Hook Lake Wander Walk – 18:30pm

Meeting Point – Passage Lane Car Park

Join our local historical expert Bryan Woodford to learn about the varied and diverse history of Hook Lake and the Hook with Warsash LNR and how the past has shaped the modern day appearance of this wonderfully diverse habitat.


Monday 27th May 2013

Muddy Wellies: Pond and Puddle Dipping – 11:00am

Meeting Point - St. Tristan Close

Come and learn about the diverse range of species that can be found in the puddles, ponds and aquatic environments near Hook Lake.


Tuesday 28th May 2013

Dusk Bat Walk – 19:30pm

Meeting point - New Road (SO31 9SB) near to Warsash Common

Come and learn all about the diverse and mysterious lives of the fascinating range of bat species that reside around Hook Lake with a dusk guided walk.

Don't forget to bring along a torch!


Thursday 30th May 2013

The Big Bird Box Build – 11:00am

Meeting point - New Road (SO31 9SB) near to Warsash Common

Design and camouflage your very own bird box and learn about the diverse range of bird species that will take advantage of your own custom made habitats.


For more information about the 'Locks Heath stream Project', please contact Chris Smith on 02380 338550 or email





Editor's notes

For Further Information Contact:

Lorna Tipper, PR and Marketing Support Officer, tel: 01329 824302

fax: 01329 824505, e-mail:

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