Return to Hatchet Pond.

Last time we visited Hatchet Pond in the New Forest was just after lockdown lifted. We did not stay as it was like a popular beach with hoards of people litter noise and ad hock encampments that go with too many people who just want to get outside for their own enjoyment regardless of their impact on the National Park and the natural environment.

Today with cooler weather and the schools open we were the only van in the car park most of the time and able to enjoy the nature around us.

More Fly agaric fungus these were more red that orange compared to the ones I spotted near my home.

There were 4 Mute Swans on the pond and most of the time they appear quite relaxed.

Until there was an issue between 2 of them I do not think it would be wise to get between them!

There are always a number of Moorhens at Hatchet Pond. Moorhens are medium-sized water birds that are members of the rail family, I find them a smart looking bird and always enjoy watching them both in and out of the water.

I was lucky enough to come a cross a Slow Worm on the path while walking around the rear of the pond. It was sunning itself on the grass path. Slow worms are actually a legless lizard, {not a worm or a snake} They are harmless to us. This was a good size reptile being just under 2 feet in length.

6 thoughts on “Return to Hatchet Pond.

  1. Wow Andy – loved the Mute Swans. You captured some gorgeous photos. We wait for school to start and people to go to work before we venture up to the lake or areas that get busy during the summer. This is a great time of the year to get out and take photos.

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  2. Mushrooms and Mute Swans – one is colorful, the others so majestic. I like the reflections on the water. It amazes me how the waterfowl can be so calm, preening, sleeping or gliding along and then a fracas will start and escalates until one of the two leaves. I know the Slow Worm is harmless you say, but I wouldn’t want to encounter it. At first I thought it was a slug.

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