Forthcoming walks

The walks below are in month order, with the following months shown:

The leaders’ names and contact information are shown in the description of each walk.

Walk Categories

A) Easy – a fairly short walk over relatively flat ground with no/few stiles.
B) A little more demanding – longer distance and/or gentle hills but with no/few stiles.
C) Medium difficulty – moderate distance and/or moderate hills and/or a moderate number of stiles.
D) Strenuous – long distance and/or steep hills and/or many stiles.

A few walks may be are joint with other societies and organisations. For joint walks with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a collection will be made for donations towards the Trust.

July

Sunday 15th July – Test Way

Leader John Clark (02380 618604)      10.00am until 2-30pm

Meet in the lay-by on the Romsey to Stockbridge road pass the Bear and Ragged Staff at SU335258 looking for Warblers and farm birds. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category B.

Saturday 28th July – ‘’Birding Basics’’ Photography Workshop

See Birding Basics for details.

August

Sunday 5th August – Lower Test, Testwood Park Testwood Lakes and Nursling

Leader Phil Budd (07748 36666)      10.00am until approx, 3.00pm (5 miles)

Meet at the Testwood Lake car park (SU346152) for this joint walk with SNHS looking for birds and butterflies in a variety of habitats. Bring stout shoes and lunch.
Walk category B.

Tuesday 14th August – Warsash

Leader Richard Carpenter (01329 066856 or 07849 184316)      10.00am until 2.00pm (3 – 4 miles)

Meet in the passage Lane car park, north of the marina at SU489062. W will be looking for early autumn migrants. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category A.

Saturday 25th August – Hamble Common, Hamble Airfield, West Wood (Hamble) and Westfield Common.

Leader Phil Budd (07748 36666)      1030am until 3.30 pm (4.5 miles)

Meet at Hamble shore car park (SU482059 for this joint walk with SNHS looking for birds and butterflies in heath land, woodland and urban areas. Bring stout shoes and lunch.
Walk category B.

September

Saturday 1st September – Tidgrove Warren Farm, near Kingsclere

Leader Keith Betton (01252 724068 or 07809 671468) 10.00am until 1.00pm

Entrance to the farm is at SU516538 (RG25 3EN). Drive through the gate, continue for 500m and follow directions to parking in the field on the left. This is at the invitation of the landowner, Raleigh Place, who farms organically and manages areas of his farm to encourage breeding down land birds and uncommon arable plants.
Walk category A.

Sunday 9th September – Birding Basics Wader Workshop

See Birding Basics for details

Saturday 15th September – Twyford, Owslebury and Hensting

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850) 10.30 am until approx. 4.00pm (5½ miles)

Meet at SU483242 (OS Landranger 185) – Hunters Park car park – off Park Lane Twyford. We will walk up Park Lane along Love lane and thence along the Monarch’s Way to Owslebury continuing on to Hensting Farm and returning over the High ground to Twyford. There should be plenty of migrant activity and the remnant flora and Lepidoptera of late summer/early autumn. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category B/C.

Sunday 23rd September – Migrant Birds at Farlington Marshes

Leader Kev. Stouse (023 9248 2770) 9.30am until 2.00pm (3 miles)

Meet at the Broadmarsh car park (SU699055) for this walk round the marshes in search of winter birds. NB the new road layout means you have to do a U-tern to enter the car park as there is no right hand turn into the car park entrance – continue up Harts farm way and where it widens you can turn and come back to the car park entrance. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category A.

October

Saturday 6th October – Portland Bill

Leader Ted Barnes (02380 266774/078110 49281) 10.00am until approx.3.30pm (4.5 miles)

Meet in the Cheyne Weares car park at SY694705 (OS194) just off the Southwell road for this circular walk around the Portland Bill area looking for late returning summer migrants, sea birds and Peregrine Falcon. Bring Coffee/ lunch. Alternatively a reasonably priced meal/snack is available at the Lobster Pot cafe at the Bill. Phone leader the evening before to confirm especially if bad weather is forecast.
Walk category B.

Tuesday 9th October – Brownwich

Leader Richard Carpenter (01329 661856/07849 184316) 10.00am until 1.30 pm (3-4 miles)

Meet at SU531023 – on the shore road to the west entrance to Titchfield Haven. There should be waders on the shore and some autumn migrants. If there has been rain the paths will be muddy. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category B.

Sunday 21st October – Migrant Birds at Titchfield Haven

Leader Kev. Stouse (023 9248 2770) 9.30am until 2.00pm (4 miles)

Meet at the lay-by at SU549043 on West of Titchfield – Stubbington road (B3334), Take the A27 through Fareham and turn left on the B3334 at the roundabout just before Titchfield village. After the glass houses continue past Crofton farm on the right then turn right into a disused section of the road. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category A.

Wednesday 24th October – Pagham Harbour

Leader Nick Wiley (01489 893886 or 07747 151160) 10.00am until 2.30pm (4 miles)

Park at the RSPB car park off the B2145 Selsey road (SZ856966 – OS197, Post Code PO20 7NE) for a walk along Pagham Harbour and Church Norton looking for winter migrants, waders and wildfowl. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category B.

Wednesday 31st October – Warsash & Bunny Meadows

Leader Dave Munday (01489 576641) 10.00am until 2.00pm

Meet in the Passage Lane car park at SU489062 (OS196) for this walk along the coastal path looking for winter migrants. We will continue into Wendleholm Nature reserve and the broadleaf woodland of Holly Hill. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category A.

November

Sunday 4th November – RSPB Arne

Leader John Clark (02380 618604) 10.00am until approx. 3.30pm

Meet by the information centre at SY971876 for this walk around the reserve to see many species to include Marsh Harrier, Dartford Warbler, Avocet, and Spoonbill. Entrance is free to RSPB members and the reserve has an onsite cafe. Bring lunch/coffee if preferred. This is a joint walk with the Winchester RSPB group.
Walk category A.

Sunday 11th November – Birding Basics Gull Workshop at Blashford.

See Birding Basics for details

Sunday 18th November – Warblington Shore to Hayling Oyster beds.

Leader Kev. Stouse (023 9248 2770) 9.30am until 1.30pm (4 miles)

Meet at Warblington Church car park (SU728054) for this walk in search of winter birds.
Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category A.

Saturday 24th November – Riverside Park, Swaythling and Mansbridge

Leader Phil Budd (07748 236666) 9.30am until 1.00pm ( 3 miles)

Meet at the car park at Manor Farm road near junction with Woodmill Lane (SU141150). Birds and other late autumn wildlife of river, wet woodland, a cemetery and suburban parkland expected. Mostly good paths but could be muddy in a few places. There are a couple of busy roads to cross.
Walk category A/B.