A pleasant and otherwise unremarkable stroll in a sleepy corner of the South Coast was briefly interrupted by the arrival of the Lee-on-Solent Coastguard Helicopter. Landing on a narrow strip of tidal beach, the helicopter picked up a stricken walker in order to gently lift them to the top of the cliffs and a waiting ambulance.
The whole process was smooth, slick and well executed. Hopefully their passenger/patient is both grateful and none the worse for wear.
Vereley Wood, in the New Forest, is one of the very oldest parts of the hunting grounds once set aside for Kings of the Realm. Here Beech, Oak and Ash trees grow to 300 or more years of age and stand, with solemn dignity, as the world speeds by beneath them. Walk softly and you will be rewarded with sightings of rabbits, grey squirrels and roe deer, but, to be honest, it is the trees themselves that make this a special place.
Tucked away near the village of Weyhill, near Andover, Hampshire, just south of the A303, you will find the Hawk Conservancy Centre. The Trust undertakes pioneering work for all species of raptors – birds of prey – ranging from caring for the injured through helping with international breeding programs to help preserve endangered species. There are daily flying displays throughout the summer – which makes the Trust a fantastic place for a day out, as the following images will hopefully demonstrate.