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Hundreds enjoy free picnic at popular nature reserve
Crowds of people took advantage of the sunshine on Sunday and gathered at Fishers Field in Bushey for a free picnic.
A total of 250 people turned out for the annual event, which was organised by Friends of Fishers Field, the Countryside Management Service and Hertsmere Borough Council.
Visitors were given an insight into the incredible world of insects on a guided bug hunt at Fishers Field Nature Reserve.
Further activities included bird box making, a visit from Molly the Fox of Animal Rescue and a demonstration by Bushey-based master blacksmith and chairman of the Friends of Fisher Fields, Steve Rook.
From noon until 3pm, guests enjoyed sandwiches, homemade cakes and soft drinks, courtesy of the organisers.
Betty McBean, chairman of Friends of Fishers Field, said: "It was a lovely atmosphere, very jolly, as there were so many people there and we were blessed with the weather.
"This is the fifth year we have held the picnic and in fact, I think we had more visitors this year than we have ever had before.
"One family who came had visited the picnic two years ago for a 50th birthday. They were back again this year which was lovely. In a way it’s created something of a tradition for them.
"We had the Mayor of Hertsmere, Pat Strack, MP James Clappison, and other Hertsmere councilllors including Leslie Winters visit, which was wonderful. It’s great to know we have their support.
“Some would rather see us turned into allotments, than remain a nature reserve.
"Fishers Field is an oasis for wildlife and somewhere to see trees, bushes and escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life. We hope visitors experienced that, although normally we don’t have 250 people there."