Milton’s Hidden Seashore Open Morning

The sun was out for our open morning at Milton Locks Nature Reserve on Saturday. We saw over 60 people including a walking team from 72nd Portsmouth Scouts who stopped in on their way past. We also had the pleasure of meeting the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth, who got fully involved in the activities and chatted to the project team and visiting families.

All in all, it was a successful morning and we spotted a slow worm, a red admiral butterfly and a peacock butterfly amongst other delights. We were also visited by a flock of redshank, who disappeared every time someone tried to point binoculars at them. Here are some snaps I took on the morning.

Sunny scenes from the beginning of morning at the reserve.

Open Day Lord Mayor JDM

The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress were definitely the most elegantly dressed of our visitors on Saturday. I felt even more scruffy than usual by comparison.

A quick butterfly moment

This is a very brief post this morning to share a wonderful photo sent to me by Jim Craise. The picture was taken yesterday and is proof that we will eventually see the back of the winter weather. There is nothing like the optimistic orangey red of a Red Admiral butterfly to cut through the dull grey of a drizzly Wednesday. Hang in there folks. Spring is coming. Thanks Jim!Red Admiral Jim Craise