Forthcoming walks and events

Coronavirus

After consulting with other wildlife organisations, which organise walks, we have decide to cancel all walks up to the end of April. Walks for May and later are still currently on, but may be subject to cancellation. Decisions on future walks will be made on a rolling monthly basis.

Please check here for the latest situation, before attempting to join any walks.


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

  • May – Walks cancelled
  • June – Walks cancelled
  • July

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

See also Birding Basics Workshops  for information about courses.

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.

May

Saturday 16th – Franchises Wood, 10.00am 12.00 noon – CANCELLED
Leader Anneka Schofield Tel: 07711 385587

Sunday 17th – Broughton Down, 10.30am – 2.30pm – CANCELLED
Julian Moseley Tel: 02380 779850

June

Wednesday 3rd – Cheesefoot Head/Long Wood, 10.00am – 3.00pm – CANCELLED
Leader Nick Wiley Tel: 01489 893226 07747 151160

Sunday 7th – Wick Hill Farm, Selborne, 10.00am – 1.00pm – CANCELLED
Leader Chris Piper Tel: 07711 506100

Saturday 20th – Kings Hat New Forest. 10.30am – 12.30pm – CANCELLED
Leader Ted Barnes Tel: 078110 49281 02380 266774

July

Wednesday 1st – Nightjar walk Burton Common, 8.30pm – 10.00 pm
Leader Bob Groves Tel: 07934 010098

Meet in the car park at the end of Waterditch Road BH23 8JX. Map reference SZ 190958. Short walk through woods onto Common. Hobby, Stonechat, roding Woodcock should be seen before the Nightjars start churring and displaying. Warning, there is a small wooden bridge to cross over a stream with a big step either side and some tree roots nearby, plus a slight incline on the path.

Walk Category B 1 mile

Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd – Swift walk Lymington, 8.00pm – 9.30 pm
Leader Andy Broadhurst Tel: 01590 622835 or 07941 349002

Map reference SZ321963. Park in main car park behind Marks and Spencer on St Thomas Street, free from 6.00pm. Meet at ticket machines. We do a tour of 3 Swift breeding sites and enjoy some low flying parties. The walk will end at the Kings Arms on St Thomas Street for refreshment and close encounter with the breeding Swifts.

NB: Good sightings are dependent on fine weather, so please call the leader in advance of travelling to check that the walk is on.

Walk Category A

Saturday 25th – Magdalen Hill Down, Magdalen Hill, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Leaders Keith Betton and Jayne Chapman
Jayne Chapman of The Butterfly Conservation Tel: 01252 724068 07809 671468 OR 07909 968657

Meet at Magdalen Hill Cemetery car park. Map Ref SU510295 North side of B3404
The Butterfly Conservation manage this reserve for both butterflies and moths. Small Blue and Chalk Hill Blue are in abundance on the site. Also includes a good variety of farmland birds.

Walk Category B/C 2 miles