Highway robberies and Victorian butterfly catchers on the lake

A child gets up close to the swans and ducks   ''Picture: Martyn Hudson
A child gets up close to the swans and ducks ''Picture: Martyn Hudson
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Characters from the rich history of Petersfield Heath Lake converged on its shores to bring the past to life.

There were battle reenactments, falconry displays and the chance to take part in a heathland bug hunt.

Enjoying an early morning row on serene Petersfield Lake ''Picture: Martyn Hudson

Enjoying an early morning row on serene Petersfield Lake ''Picture: Martyn Hudson

It was part of Secrets of the Heath, a major project by the South Downs National Park Authority to share the unknown history of South Downs heathland and what makes these rare and beautiful places so special.

Martyn Hudson, from Waterlooville, enjoys visiting the lake with his granddaughter Hannah Brown, five, and took these wonderful photographs over two weekends.

He said: ‘The first weekend we had a lovely early morning row.

‘The second was Secrets of the Heath. It was a spectacular display of arts, crafts, wildlife and people who have influenced Petersfield Heath from the ancient Britons, the Romans, the Saxons, the Middle ages, the Victorians and today’.

A Victorian butterfly catcher with his penny farthing on Petersfield Heath                                        Picture: Martyn Hudson

A Victorian butterfly catcher with his penny farthing on Petersfield Heath Picture: Martyn Hudson

Rowers Petersfield Lake      Picture: Martyn Hudson

Rowers Petersfield Lake Picture: Martyn Hudson

Battle reenactors make up a Saxon Shield Wall at Petersfield Heath                                          Picture: Martyn Hudson

Battle reenactors make up a Saxon Shield Wall at Petersfield Heath Picture: Martyn Hudson

A highwaywoman on her stead on Petersfield Heath  ''Picture: Martyn Hudson

A highwaywoman on her stead on Petersfield Heath ''Picture: Martyn Hudson

A couple make a human arch for Amy the harris hawk during a display at Petersfield Heath     Picture: Martyn Hudson

A couple make a human arch for Amy the harris hawk during a display at Petersfield Heath Picture: Martyn Hudson

Buzby the barn owl, from Hawking About, takes off on the heath. It's falcon friend can be seen bottom right ''Picture: Martyn Hudson

Buzby the barn owl, from Hawking About, takes off on the heath. It's falcon friend can be seen bottom right ''Picture: Martyn Hudson