I arrived at Lodge car park at around 8:20pm and set off to do the Nightjar survey organised by the Ashdown Bird Group that evening. I had only walked a short way when I saw what I initially thought was a helium balloon sailing across the sky, I watched it start to descend and cross in front of me and with binoculars I studied it in more detail. I then realised that it had what looked like a light (more…)
The Ashdown Forest Centre and The Conservation Volunteers are recruiting volunteer walk leaders for their very popular healthy walks on Ashdown Forest.
Healthy Walks are part of the nationwide Walking for Health scheme which aims to get people healthier and happier by providing free, short and easy led walks. A free walk leader training day will be held on Thursday 2 May in Wych Cross from 9.30am (more…)
This is an odd one – but there is a loose Rhea on the Forest. A Rhea is a large ostrich like bird standing about 6′ tall. It has escaped from a farm in Crowborough and has been seen at various locations across the Forest. It is not aggressive but it will startle you if you should come across it. Let us (the Forest Centre) know if you see it.
The sheep and cattle will be out grazing on the Forest from 1st April.
There are notices posted on all gates that say, ‘Please ensure all gates are closed. Dogs must be kept under proper control at all times. If a dog is seen attacking or chasing livestock it could be shot. If you see any problems please ring the Forest Centre straight away Thank You’
During office hours the Forest Centre can (more…)
Traveling across the Forest today (around 3pm) past Poundgate I could see billowing smoke coming from the next valley over beyond Crows Nest Clump. Fire engines, 4×4 rescue vehicles and a helicopter were all screaming to the scene. Pulling in at Poundgate with a throng of other people we watched as distant fire fighters tackled the blaze and the helicopter buzzed overhead.
I managed to take (more…)