Walks

 


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

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. 

  

April

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Saturday 1st April – Portland Bill

 

Leader Ted Barnes (02380 266774 or 07811 049281)     10.00am until 3.30 pm (4.5 miles)

 

Meet in the Cheyne Wares car park (SY694705 – OS194) just off the Southwell road for this walk around the Portland Bill area looking for returning summer migrants, sea birds and nesting Auks. Bring lunch. Alternatively a reasonably priced meal/snack is available at the Lobster Pot café at the Bill.

Walk category C.

 

Sunday 9th April – Migrant Birds at Farlington Marshes.

 

Leader Kev. Stouse (07510 600808)    9.30am until 2pm (3 miles)

 

Meet at Broadmarsh car park (SU699055) for this walk around the marshes in search of migrant birds – NB the new road layout means you have to do a u-turn 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 widen you can turn and come back to the car park entrance. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category A.

 

Saturday 15th April – Beaulieu Heath

 

Leaders Marcus Ward (07749 375994), Rob Clements & Russell Wynn      8.00am until 11.00am/mid-day.

 

Meet at the Beaulieu Heath West car park for a walk around the area looking for a range of breeding waders and discussing ongoing surveys and techniques for recording these important species. In addition to the breeding waders a good range of classic heath land species should be encountered.

Walk category A/B.

 

Saturday 22nd April - Worth Matravers

 

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)    10.30am until 3.30pm 

 

Meet in the village car park at SZ97575 – Note: parking fee payable. We will descend to the coast and amble westwards to the lighthouse before turning inland for the return leg. Guillemots/Razorbills, Swallows, Swifts, Butterflies and Bumblebees could be seen. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B/C.

 

Sunday 23rd April – Birds & Breakfast!

 

Leader Peter E. Hutchins (07895 388378)         06.30 until 09.00 (2.5 Miles)

 

Meet at SU515496 – the Overton Community Centre, Winchester Street, Overton (OS Landranger 185). A ‘Dawn Chorus’ walk before partaking of a home-made breakfast and the opportunity to talk over that seen and heard. The Test and its environs will be walked to listen for both residents and incoming migrants in song, Black Redstart being noted on a previous occasion. Fair weather should see Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail about the river, Red Kite, Buzzard, Skylark and the earliest returning hirundines overhead and an ever-increasing number of warblers using the scrub, trees and reeds to proclaim their newly sited territories. Advance booking for this walk is imperative, this to ensure that all are, literally, catered for; a cost for the breakfast being applicable. In conjunction with the Overton Biodiversity Society.

Walk category B

 

Sunday 23rd April – Bolderwood


Leader Peter E. Hutchins (07895 388378)         14.00 until 17.00 (4 Miles)

 

Meet at SU242086 – in the main car park, north of the Deer Viewing Platform (OS Landranger 195). A walk to take in both deciduous and coniferous woodland and the areas of open grassland and heath that both break in to and flank these. Spring migrants and residents are to be anticipated in song, inclusive of Firecrest, Cuckoo, Wood, Dartford and Willow Warbler, Stonechat and Grey Wagtail. Hawfinch and other woodland finches are regular, several raptor species to be amongst that expected overhead.

Walk category B / C

 

Thursday 27th April – Brownwich

 

Leader Richard Carpenter (01329 661856 or 078491843160)    10.00am until 1.30pm (3-4 miles)

 

Meet at SU531023 – on the shore road near the entrance to Titchfield haven. There should be waders on the shore and some spring migrants. If there has been recent rain the paths will be muddy. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B.

 

Saturday 29th April – Martin Down

 

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)   10.30am until 3.30pm

 

Meet in the Salisbury/Blandford Road car park (SU044205) for a day spent on this chalk down land national nature reserve which may produce Corn Bunting, Turtle Dove, Orchids and possibly Adonis blue, White Admiral and Brown Argos Butterflies. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B/C.

 

Sunday 30th April – King’s Pond and Neatham Down

 

Leader Peter E. Hutchins (07895 388378)         10.00 until 13:00 (4 Miles)

 

Meet at SU723394 – the King’s Pond car park – off Ashdell Road, Alton (OS Landranger 185). A walk about King’s Pond to take in the local wildfowl, heronry and recently arrived migrants, followed by a circuit of the farm and woodland south of the town; also, taking in Worldham Park Golf Club, Windmill Hill and the redwoods of the more urban Alton where further migrants, raptors, game birds and recently-arrived hirundines are likely. Booking for this walk is essential and should be completed on http://www.alton.gov.uk/Walking_Festival_6410.aspx or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Part of the Alton Walking Festival.

Walk category B / C 

 

May 

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Wednesday 3rd May – Lucy Hill

 

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

 

Meet in the car park at SU227045 on the right of the Burley to Lyndhurst road alongside the Burley New Inclosure. Watch out for the car park sign. We will walk the heath and woodland looking for a variety of species to include Cuckoo, various Warblers, Woodlark and Woodpeckers. Good boots are a must. Bring lunch.

Walk category C.

 

Sunday 7th May – Dawn Chorus at Stockbridge Down

 

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)   4.00am until 10.30/11.00am

 

Meet in the top car park at SU375347. We will make our way (in the dark so torches would be useful) to somewhere near the top where we will wait for sunrise and the accompanying bird song. Subsequently it is intended to do a short walk around the area for migrants, down land flora or whatever people are interested in.

Walk category A/B.

 

Sunday 7th May – King’s Pond and Neatham Down


Leader Peter E. Hutchins (07895 388378)         10.00 until 13:00 (4 Miles)

 

Meet at SU723394 – the King’s Pond car park – off Ashdell Road, Alton (OS Landranger 185). A walk about King’s Pond to take in the local wildfowl, heronry and newly territorial migrants, followed by a circuit of the farm and woodland south of the town; also, taking in Worldham Park Golf Club, Windmill Hill and the redwoods of the more urban Alton where further migrants, raptors, game birds, larks, pipit and a wide range of botany and invertebrates can be expected. Booking for this walk is essential and should be completed on http://www.alton.gov.uk/Walking_Festival_6410.aspx or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Part of the Alton Walking Festival

Walk category B / C 

 

Saturday 20th May – Bolderwood

 

Leaders Marcus Ward (07749 375994), Rob Clements & Russell Wynn    8.00am until 11.00am/mid-day

 

Meet at Bolderwood car park (SU242086) for a walk around the Bolderwood/Highland Water area looking for NF woodland specialities, in particular Hawfinch and Firecrest although a broad range of species should be seen.

Walk category A/B.

 

Sunday 21st May – Otmoor RSPB

 

Leader Peter E. Hutchins (07895 388378)         14.00 until 17:00 (3 Miles)

 

Meet at SP570126 – the reserve car park – this at the northern end of Otmoor Lane (OS Landranger 165). A visit to one of the RSPB’s flagship reserves in the south. Turtle Dove and Grasshopper Warbler are to be hoped for amongst the large number of summer migrants now on territory, waders, warblers, hirundines and flycatchers amongst these whilst residents including the now-breeding Bittern. The farmland and wetlands will provide a wide array of birdlife, as well as the opportunity to refresh oneself with the management that has taken this reserve to its current notable status.

Walk category B

 

Wednesday 24th May – Petty’s Brook & The River Loddon

 

Leader Peter E. Hutchins (07895 388378)         18.30 until 21:00 (3 Miles)

 

Meet at SU668522 – this on the northern side of Whitmarsh Lane, Chineham (OS Landranger 175). An evening walk to take in the wetter habitats to the north of Basingstoke, reedbed, marsh and water meadows to be covered looking for herons, waders, wildfowl and hirundines. All three of the woodpeckers are possible in the woodlands to be walked, as are good numbers of migrant warblers, finches, buntings and roding Woodcock. The treatment works attract in numbers of gulls, wagtails and pipits with the adjacent fields adding larks, gamebirds and foraging corvids. Three owl species are regularly encountered here during the evenings. Part of the RSPB Basingstoke Local Group Evening Walks Programme

Walk category B

 

June 

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Wednesday 21st June – The Basingstoke Canal & Odiham Common

 

Leader Peter E. Hutchins (07895 388378)                 18.30 until 21:00 (2 Miles)

 

Meet at SU747517 – The Wharf car park – this at the northern end of London Road, Odiham (OS Landranger 186). An evening walk to take in the bird / wildlife about the canal and the much less regularly visited common. The quieter parts of the canal and adjacent waters hold Little Grebe, Kingfisher and an occasional Mandarin with summer visitors in the form of Reed and Sedge Warbler about the canal banks, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and other sylvia warblers amongst the overhanging salix. Over the common, where the Forester will hopefully be seen, hirundines will be hawking and both dragon and damselflies may attract local Hobby. The lighter woodland here may well hold family parties of tits, crests, woodpeckers and Spotted Flycatcher, as well as those species straying from the canal side vegetation. Part of the RSPB Basingstoke Local Group Evening Walks Programme.

Walk category B

 

Sunday 25th June – Martin Down NNR

 

Leader Peter E. Hutchins (07895 388378)         14.00 until 17.00 (4 Miles)

 

Meet at SU0571912 – the ‘grass’ reserve car park – this off the southern end of Sillen Lane, Martin (OS Landranger 184). One of the largest areas of chalk grassland still extant in the country and the place to both hear and see Turtle Dove in the county. The grassland and woodland / scrub support a wide range of botany and invertebrates which in turn assures a wide range of both resident and migratory avian species – the latter to perhaps include Quail and Spotted Flycatcher and good numbers of both sylvia and phylloscopus warblers. Residents include Grey Partridge, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and Meadow Pipit; butterflies, day-flying moths and the plants also helping to ensure a busy afternoon on site.

Walk category C 

 

Wednesday 28th June – Woodgarston & Piccadilly Hill

 

Leader Doug. Kelson (07786 647784)         18.30 until 21:00 (2 Miles)

 

Meet at SU588488 – the large lay-by on the northern side of the A339 (OS Landranger 185). An evening walk to take in an area of almost unvisited farmland and copses between Basingstoke and Kingsclere. Target species for the walk include Grey Partridge, Stonechat, Red Kite, Barn and Little Owl. Both resident and summer migrants are expected, though what may be present is yet to be confirmed! Do your bit, come along and find something as yet unknown and unexpected! Part of the RSPB Basingstoke Local Group Evening Walks Programme.

Walk category B 

 

July 

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Sunday 23rd July – Magdalen Hill Down BC

 

Leader Peter E. Hutchins (07895 388378)         14.00 until 16.30 (2.5 Miles)

 

Meet at SU510295 – the Magdalen Hill Cemetery car park – this on the northern side of the B3404 (OS Landranger 185). This Butterfly Conservation reserve on the outskirts of Winchester should provide a ‘quiet’ Sunday afternoon’s birding away from the nearby bustle of the city. The management of this reserve for lepidoptera has also drawn birds to the site, Kestrel sometimes present in good numbers post-breeding whilst Buzzard are also often obvious. Both farmland and scrub-loving species are to be anticipated, including warblers, buntings, larks, pipits and finches whilst the nearby treatment works and more open farmland add gulls, waders, gamebirds and further raptors. The time of the visit, both in the year and day, will also ensure that there’s much to be seen apart from the birdlife present – butterflies, day-flying moths and other invertebrates and the plant life associated with them providing ample distractions.

Walk category B / C

 

August 

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Sunday 20th August – Crookham & Greenham Commons

 

Leader Doug. Kelson (07786 647784)         09.00 until 13:00 (3 Miles)

 

Meet at SU523645 – the Crookham Common car park – this at the junction of Old Thornford Road and Crookham Common Road (OS Landranger 174). The heath, its pools and the woodland that surround this disused USAF site are busy with southbound migrants at this time of year, waders and chats often particularly of note. The search for such species will invariably locate residents including Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Stonechat and Woodcock whilst Nightingale, Nightjar, Whinchat and both sylvia and phylloscopus warblers may be among those lingering from the breeding season, or recently arrived for short autumnal sojourns.

Walk category B