Forthcoming walks and events

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

The leaders’ names and contact information are shown in the description of each walk. Further information about events can be found by following the link.

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.

November

Sunday 10th Hengistbury Head Dorset

Leader Nick Whitehouse with David Taylor Tel 07894 050069
9.30am – 12.30pm, 3 miles, Map Reference SY 163911 Post code BH6 4EN
Category A

Meet at car park at the end of Broadway. A walk around the headland jutting out into Christchurch Bay. A top migration spot in East Dorset. A mixture of heath, woodland, dunes and reedbeds. Autumn migration, wintering wildfowl and waders. There maybe periods of 30 minutes or so sea watching and scanning the sky. Bring an ultra light collapsible chair if you want. Car park is £3, payable by credit/debit card or mobile phone. Level ground mostly.

Sunday 17th Warblington Shore to Hayling Oyster Beds

Leader Kevin Stouse Tel 02392 482770
9.30am – 1.30pm, 4 miles, Map Reference SU 728054
Category A

Meet at Warblington church car park for this walk along the shore to Hayling Oyster beds in search of winter birds, waders and wildfowl. Bring coffee/lunch

Saturday 23rd Shatterford Bottom New Forest

Leader Ian Hampson Tel 07803 471137
9.30am – 12.30pm, 3 miles, Map Reference SU 348061
Category B

Meet at Shatterford Bottom car park just west of Beaulieu Road Station SO42 7YQ. This heathland walk is across an area favoured by Great Grey Shrike (no guarantees!), plus all the usual heathland species such as Dartford Warbler. Level ground and mostly and usually dry.

December

Sunday 1st Keyhaven

SZ 307915 OS map 196       10.00am – 3.00pm
Leader Julian Moseley Telephone 02380 779850

Meet at gate to coastal path. Park in the immediate area or in pay car park opposite the Gun Inn. High tide due 1.18pm.
Walk Category A 3-4 miles

Saturday 7th HOS Gull Workshop

Tuesday 10th Bunny Meadows

SU 489062       10.00am – 12.30pm
Leader Richard Carpenter Telephone 01329 661856/07849 184316

We will be looking for waders and wildfowl in the high tide roost and for woodland birds in Wendleholme. This will be a morning walk with a short break for refreshments.
Walk Category B 3-4 miles

Saturday 14th Netley

SU 445095       10.30am – 2.30pm
Leader Phil Budd Telephone 02381 223140

Habitats, deciduous woodland, parkland, grassland, urban areas and seashore. Meet at Eastern car park along Weston Parade at Weston shore.
Walk Category A 4 miles

Saturday 21st Warblington Shore to Budds Farm

SU 728054       9.30am-1.30pm
Leader Kevin Stouse Telephone 07510 600808

Meet at Warblington church car park for a walk along the shore to Budds Farm sewage works in search of winter birds. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk Category A 3 miles

January

Sunday 5th Blashford Lakes

SU151083       2.00pm until dusk
Leader Nigel Owen Telephone 01425 655511/0787 6694052

Meet at Ibsley Water/Tern Hide car park. Winter wildfowl and gulls will be highlights during visit. Finches, Buntings and other woodland passerines may also be seen. Possibly Kingfishers, Bittern, Great White Egret, Goosander and Black Necked Grebe. Roosting gulls may include Yellow- legged and Mediterranean.
Walk Category A 2 miles

Sunday 12th Farlington Marshes

SU 699055       9.30am – 2.00pm
Leader Kevin Stouse Telephone 07510 600808

Meet at Broadmarsh car park for this walk around the marshes in search of winter birds. NB the new road layout means that 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 widens you can turn and come back to the car park entrance. Bring coffee/ lunch.
Walk Category A 3 miles

Saturday 18th Hill Head

SU 531023       10.00am – 2.00pm
Leader David Wallace Telephone 07856 305268

Meet at shore next to west entrance to Titchfield Haven. We will be looking for wintering waders and wildfowl at Hill Head and Meon shore, before moving on to the agricultural land at Brownwich. If there has been rain the paths will be muddy. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk Category A 3 – 4 miles

Saturday 25th South East Winchester

SU 483280       10.00am -2.00pm
Leader Tom Jordan Telephone 07914 318031

Meet in car park at St Catherines Hill off Garnier Rd for a walk covering downland, farmland and wetland habitats. Expect common farmland and riverside birds, wildfowl and waders. There will be some moderate ups and downs and the possibility of muddy or wet ground. Bring lunch. There is a cafe in the car park
Walk Category B/C 4 miles

February

Sunday 2nd Selborne Common

SU741335 Post code GU34 3JR       10.00am-1.00pm
Leader Chris Piper Telephone 07711 506100

Please note steep ascent of Zigzag path at commencement of walk. Meet in the free car park at the back of Selborne Arms in High Street, Selborne. Ancient woodland. Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Firecrest and Jay might be seen along with Buzzard and Red Kite. Bring coffee/lunch
Walk Category C up to 5 miles

Tuesday 4th Twyford, Hazeley and Morestead

SU 483243 OS map 185       10.00am – 2.30pm
Leader Ted Barnes Telephone 078110 492810/02380 266774

Meet at the Twyford Recreation Ground car park 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. Wear stout footwear. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk Category C/D 5 miles

Sunday 9th Southampton Sports Centre

SU 406155       10.30am – 2.30pm
Leader Phil Budd Telephone 02381 223140

Lords Wood and Lords Wood Greenway. Winter birds of woodland, parkland and urban edge. Meet at Dunkirk Road car park near South entrance to sports centre.
Walk Category A

Sunday 16th Buriton

SU 740200       9.00am – 3.00pm
Leader Kevin Stouse Telephone 07510 600808

Meet at Buriton village pond car park near church for this circular walk along the footpaths to Petersfield Heath and back in search of winter farmland birds. Will be muddy if rained
recently. There will be 2 stops on this walk. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk Category B 6 miles

Saturday 29th Ashley Walk, New Forest

SU 187157       10.30am – 3.30pm
Leader Julian Moseley Telephone 02380 779850

Meet in the Ashley Walk car park for a wander through the forests northern landscape looking for winter birds possibly including Hen Harrier and/or Great Grey Shrike, Woodlark etc. Bring coffee/lunch
Walk Category A/B