Hogsmill offers amazing combination of History and Nature

Hogsmill Nature Reserve Community Day – Surbiton Lagoon

A great day out for all the family at Thames Water’s Hogsmill Nature Reserve at Kingston. This is a special opportunity to visit a nature reserve that is part of an operational works site and normally closed to the public. The event is going to be on the public side of the reserve as we are in the middle of construction for the Hogsmill Growth Project currently on the operational side. There will be opportunities to try bird watching with local experts, bird house building, pond dipping, honey tasting with the Kingston Bee Keeping Association, craft activities making clothes pin dragonfly fridge magnets and bottle fish along with wildlife face painting. There will be bird and mammal identification games with prizes and light refreshments will be available. Kingfishers, Foxes and a variety of beautiful butterflies are all regular sights at Hogsmill.

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Artists such as the 19th century pre-Raphaelite painters, for example Holman Hunt and John Everett Milais, found the Hogsmill to be a source of inspiration for their work. It was along the banks of the Hogsmill that Milais painted his famous “Ophelia”. Hunt’s painting “The Light of the World” in which he depicts Jesus knocking at a door, was set against one of the disused huts of the Gunpowder Mills.

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Further Information 07747 647 708

Times: 11am – 3pm

Venue: Hogsmill Nature Reserve, Lower Marsh Lane, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3BW