Young Naturalists


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Young Naturalists

A wildlife conservation group for young people aged 13 to 17.

Event details


10:00am - 2:30pm
A static map of Young Naturalists

About the event

We meet monthly for practical conservation activities and wildlife watching - get outside, learn new skills, improve your wildlife knowledge and have fun! This month we hope to head out on a reptile walk, weather permitting!

There is no need for parental accompaniment but all young people must have completed a parental consent form before attending - please email before booking if you haven't joined us before.

Booking essential.

Thank you to the Cameron Bespolka Trust for funding our purchase of tools and equipment for the group

To discover what we get up to, visit the Young Naturalists page on the Blashford Blog:

Whether we are taking part in a practical task or discovering the wildlife found in the pond, river or meadow, clean, disinfected tools and / or equipment will be provided for each young person participating in the session.

When booking you will be asked to read and agree to our COVID19 secure guidelines. For further details about how we will keep you and our staff and volunteers safe whilst at Young Naturalists you can email to request a copy of our risk assessment.

Please note the Education Centre remains closed to visitors - outdoor hand washing facilities will be available and we are currently providing portaloo's for use by visitors at the front of the Centre.

Tissues will be provided for coughs and sneezes and a bin available for their disposal.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink in a rucksack that can easily be carried around the reserve. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather on the day. You are welcome to bring binoculars and / or a camera, but please note these are your responsibility for the duration of the session.

Finding us: Please meet outside the front of the Education Centre, which is on the south side of Ellingham Drove.

Please note the Nature Reserve is not signposted from the main A338 Ringwood to Salisbury road and sat nav can mis direct you at the Ellingham Crossroads - when turning off the A338, follow signs to Moyles Court and Linwood. The Education Centre is the first turning on the right hand side once you have turned off the A338, marked by a large wooden cut out of a kingfisher.




Know before you go


Guide dogs only
Other visitors with dogs may park at Moyles Court & from there walk a circular route via the public footpath along the Dockens Water to the permissive footpath between Ivy Lake & Rockford Lake & back via the Avon Valley Long Distance Footpath.


Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities
Disabled parking
Accessible trails

Contact us

Jim Day or Tracy Standish
Contact number: 01425 472760