Walks

 


HOS walk by Doug YellandThe walks below are in month order, follow the link below.   

 

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.   

 

October

 

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Saturday 7th 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.

 

Sunday 8th October – Ashley Walk – Ring Ouzels

 

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)9.00am until 12.00 mid-day 

 

Meet in the car park at SU186156 – OS 195 for a 45 minute walk to the site (Leadenhall) to look for these attractive migrant birds.

Walk category A.

 

Sunday 15th October – Migrant Birds at Titchfield Haven

 

Leader  Kev. Stouse (07510 600808)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.

 

Tuesday 24th October – Warsash

 

Leader Richard Carpenter (01329 661856/07849 18431610.00am until 2.00pm (3-4 miles)

 

Meet in the Passage Lane car park at SU489062. We will be looking for waders on the shore, returning wildfowl on the scrape and late autumn migrants. Bring refreshments/lunch.

Walk category A.

 

Sunday 29th October – 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.

Walk category A.

 

November

 

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Sunday 12th November – Winter Birds at Cobnor Peninsular

 

Leader  Kev. Stouse (07510 600808)9.30am until 2.30pm (5 miles)

 

Meet at SU777053 where footpath goes left to shore from Farm lane in Nutbourne. Go east through Emsworth on the A259 and continue through Southbourne. There is a broad, straight section of road with fruit farm on right and Caravan sales centre on left. After Caravan centre take second right turn into Farm lane and drive a short way until it widens. Meeting point is on the left. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category A/B.

 

Wednesday 22nd November – Selborne Common

 

Leader Dave Munday (01489 576641)10.00am until 2.30am (5 miles)

 

Meet in the car park behind the Selborne Arms at SU742335. We will then proceed up the zigzag to the common at the top for a circular walk looking for resident birds and wintering species.. The zigzag is steep and can be slippery after rain so those with certain medical conditions need to be aware. Stout footwear is essential. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category D.

 

Saturday 25th November – Old Winchester Hill

 

Leader Ted Barnes (02380266774 or 078110 49281)10.00am until 1.30pm (2-3 miles)

 

Meet in the reserve car park at SU645214 for this chalk down land walk with good views to the south. We will look for winter visitors such as Redwing and Fieldfares, resident species and Raptors. This walk can be muddy.

Walk category B.

 

December

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Saturday 2nd December - Normandy Marshes

 

Birding Basics Workshop 9.30 am to 2.00 pm - FULLY BOOKED

 

For details see Birding Basics

 

Saturday 9th December – Eyeworth Pond, New Forest.

 

Leader Julian Moseley (O2380 779850)10.30am until 3.30pm 

 

Meet at car park at Eyeworth pond (SU228145 – OS195 Bournemouth) for this walk which will go through Oak and Conifer woodland, heath land and on to Hampton Ridge. Hen Harrier and Great Grey Shrike are a possibility in the open areas whilst the pond may host Goosander and Mandarin Duck. Bring coffee/Lunch.

Walk category B.

 

Sunday 17th December – Twyford, Hazeley and Morestead Downs.

 

Leader Ted Barnes (078110 492810/02380 266774) 10.00am until 2.30pm (5 miles)

 

Meet at the Twyford Recreation Ground car park (SU483243 – OS185) approximately 400 yards to the right up the Park Lane turning next to the Bugle Inn in the village of Twyford. This circular walk takes in narrow lanes, farmland, periphery of the Twyford Down Golf Club, some Conifer and Deciduous Woods and returns along the Itchen Navigation Canal. Bring lunch/coffee.

Walk category C/D.

 

Tuesday 19th December – Warblington Shore to Budds Farm for winter birds

 

Leader Kev. Stouse (07510 600808)9-30am until 1.30pm (4 miles)

 

Meet at Warblington Church car park (SU728054) for this walk to Budds Farm in search of winter birds. Bring coffee/lunch. 

Walk category A.  

 

Wednesday 27th December – Testwood, Nursling and lower Test

 

Leader Phil Budd (07748 236666)10.30am until 2.20pm (4½ miles)

 

Meet at Testwood Lake car park (SU347152) for this walk on flat ground with a few stiles. We will be looking for birds of the winter and other wildlife of park land and marsh land. Note: dependant on the tide the paths could be flooded in places so Wellington Boots should be carried or worn.  Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category A.

 

January

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Thursday 4th January – Hill Head

 

Leader Richard Carpenter (01329066856 or 078490184316)10.00am until 2.00pm (3-4 miles)

 

Meet at SU531023 – on the shore near the west entrance to Titchfield Haven. We will look for wintering waders and wildfowl at Hill Head and Meon Shore before moving onto the agricultural land at Brownwich. If there has been recent rain the paths will be muddy. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B.

 

Saturday 6th January – Durley

 

Leader Nick Wiley (01489 893226 or 07747 151160)10.30am until 1.30pm (3½ miles)

 

Park by Durley school (SU511166 – OS 185) for this walk around the local wood and village looking for winter migrants and resident birds. Very muddy after rain so Wellington Boots are advised.

Walk category A.

 

Sunday 7th January – Winter Birds at Farlington Marshes.

 

Leader Kev. Stouse (07510 600808)9.30am until 1.30pm (3 miles)

 

Meet in the Broadmarsh car park (SU699055) for this walk around the marshes in search of winter birds. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category A.

 

Saturday 28th January – Poole Harbour

 

Leader Julian Moseley (0230 779850)10.30am until 3.30pm 

 

Meet at the Sandbanks chain ferry for about 10.30am, parking is usually possible somewhere in Panorama Road (SZ037871), foot passenger ticket to the other side and we will then walk to Littlesea (fresh water lake) and on to the hide for lunch (inside dependent on weather). After lunch crossing to the northern shore should produce lots of winter duck and wildfowl with the possibility of one of the bigger Egrets. Rounding the littoral will bring us back to the ferry at approx. 4pm.

Walk category C.

 

February

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Sunday 4th February – Avington Park

 

Leader John Clark (02380 618604)10.00am until 1.00pm 

 

Meet in the car park at the back of Avington House (SU528320) looking for birds of the area and those on the lakes. Bring coffee/lunch if desired.

Walk category A.

 

Saturday 10th February – Lepe

 

Leader Dave Munday (01489 576641) 9.00am until 1.00pm (4 miles)

 

Meet in the main car park SU455985 on the sea front (N.B. charges apply) for this walk through farm and woodland habitat. We will also take time to sea watch. There are toilets in the car park.

Walk category A.

 

Sunday 18th February – Buriton for Farmland birds.

 

Leader Kev,Stouse (07510 600808)9.00am until 3.00pm (6 miles)

 

Meet at Buriton village pond car park near the church (SU740200) for this circular walk along footpaths to Petersfield heath and back in search of winter farmland birds. It will be muddy after recent rain. There will be two stops on this walk. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B.

 

Saturday 24th February - Fieldworkers Conference

 

Leader Marcus Ward. See Fieldworkers' meeting for full details.