Milford Conservation Volunteers Creeks & Saltmarshes cruises 2020

Over the last few winters Milford Conservation Volunteers in association with Hurst Castle Ferries have run over 30 guided bird-watching cruises amongst the creeks and saltmarshes off Keyhaven and are running three more in the New Year. They last approximately an hour and a half and leave the Keyhaven Hurst Castle Ferry pontoon promptly at 09:00, so if you book get there at least five minutes before sailing time.

The cruise dates are:

Trip 33 Saturday 18 January 2020
Trip 34 Thursday 13 February 2020
Trip 35 Monday 16 March 2020

Non-MCV Members £15.00, MCV Members £12.00

Bookings through Keith Metcalf (01590) 6435825 or by e-mail

Keith Metcalf  - MCV Conservation Officer –
25 Swallow Drive, 


Campaign to Protect Rural England Hampshire 2019 awards

There’s an item of local interest in the latest newsletter from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. The trust’s Woodland Apprentice scheme and the New Forest Non-Native Plants Project were both finalists in CPRE Hampshire’s 13th annual Countryside awards. The awards celebrate a beautiful and diverse countryside that everyone can enjoy. Catherine Chatters of HIWWT has kindly allowed us to include the photograph shown below (taken by Jason Allen Photography) for it shows our treasurer, Brian Matthews, with others from the wildlife trust at the awards ceremony. Brian volunteers for the Non-Native Plants Project by pulling Himalayan Balsam from the banks and margins of local streams and rivers during the summer.

Brian (centre) with Catherine Chatters and others © Jason Allen Photography