A Ringwood Native, Mike has always known that his home town parish, set between the New Forest and incorporating part of the Avon Valley, is fabulous for wildlife. With a migration flyway and important wintering area to the west and extensive heaths and woodlands to the east, just about anything can turn up ……. and sometimes does! The wildlife locally can at times be quite surprising. A Red Fox suddenly started to appear in the garden a few years ago and it seemed to be very approachable. It even spent some time asleep on our neighbour's flat roof and when it woke up, it was photographed by their satellite dish. Sadly it disappeared after about three weeks of gracing us with its presence. Since then, we have occasionally heard foxes on clear January nights when they are seeking mates, but unfortunately none have returned to visit us as far as we know.
Birds also visit gardens locally with occasional rarities turning up as the talk shows.
There are a couple of reasons for Mike working on a very local talk. Firstly, he can relate to and has seen many wildlife changes that have taken place during his long interest in nature as they have done over recent years. Secondly, he could walk to all of the various locations and habitats to greatly reduce his 'car miles' thus helping the environment.
As usual, this is a light and informative presentation fully illustrated with Mike's own photography.
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