This isn’t a post about the history of Fort Brockhurst, one of the “Palmerston’s Follies” built during the 1850’s and 60’s to defend Portsmouth against possible French invasion, which never appeared. That’s it – end of history lesson.
I wanted to go for a walk this morning, and I use weekends to try to visit parts of Gosport that I don’t normally see during the week. One of these areas is Alver Valley, where I am very keen to spend some time. But not today. I had it in my head that I wanted to visit Fort Brockhurst, driven mainly by a couple of Facebook Groups that I’m in; The Gosport Unofficial Camera Club and The Gosport Nature Trail, Both of these are worthy of a post, and I will do that later, But it is sufficient to say there are some seriously fine pictures taken by people. I’m not intending to compete with those photographers, but it would give me an opportunity to see what it looks like there. Plus to do a bit of a circular walk would help contribute to my #Walk1000 total.
There was a lot of Moat based wildlife; Swans, Coots, ducks (various), Canadian Geese.
I don’t know what the stuff is that these (I think they are Tufted Ducks) are swimming through, but they don’t seem disturbed by it, and some of the birds were swimming through it and hoovering it up, so it looks like it might be beneficial.
Although it was a bit nippy today, it was a lovely bright day with a lovely blue sky, and that made for a lovely walk. There certainly was plenty of wildlife in the area and because I had trainers on, I didn’t feel able to explore some of the areas around the fort that may get a little damp. Next time, I will wear slightly more robust footwear. Because I will be going back. Today was an absolute delight.