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.

JUNE

Wednesday 5th June Cheriton and Gander Down.

Map Reference SU579282 (OS map 185)    10.00am -2.30pm 4 miles
Category B
Leader Nick Wiley Tel: 01489 893226 or 07747 151160

Park at Cheriton tennis club car park, nr Flower Pots Inn. Circular walk Through woodland and open countryside to see Skylark, Yellowhammer, raptors, butterflies. Bring drink and lunch.

Saturday 8th June Anderwood New Forest.

Map Reference SU249059    10.00am -12.30pm
Category A
Leader Tina Vaughan Tel 07801 967997

Meet at the car park off the Burley-Lyndhurst Road. Conifer and broadleaf trees, sloping heathland. In the area of Anderwood and Knightwood Inclosures. Ground should be mainly dry, on cycle paths, wide track and maybe a small stretch of mud. Close to areas where Redstart, Wood Warblers, various finches, Firecrest and Raptors reside. Toilets in car park.

Sunday 9th June Roydon Woods Nature Reserve.

Wood Fair and Local Produce Market  10.00am – 4.00pm

Saturday 15th June Rotherfield Park, Nr East Tisted

Map Reference SU706307  9.00am-12.00    2 miles
Category B
Leader Francis Buner and Keith Betton Tel 07809 671468

Meet Church of St Peter and Vincula, Colemore GU34 3RX. Park in church car park or nearby.
The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust has been working with the owner of Rotherfield Park to maximise the bird numbers around the estate, not least Grey Partridges. Francis Buner has been leading this work and will explain the successes to date.

Thursday 20th June Pulborough Brooks, Wiggonholt, West Sussex

RH20 2EL Map Reference TQ058164  10.30am – 12.00 The Wetland Trail 2.25 miles
Category A
Leader Julianne Evans Tel 01798 875851

If you wish to attend this walk, numbers are limited and bookings will be required. Please contact Alex Barker e mail walks@hos.org.uk. There will be a charge of £3.50 each plus £6.00 entry fee for non members of RSPB. Mobility scooters are available. It will be helpful if you could indicate whether you will require lunch in the cafe.

Saturday 22nd June Kings Hat Inclosure, New Forest

Map Reference SU386054  10.30am -12.30pm   2.25 miles
Category A

Leader Ted Barnes Tel: 078110 49281 or 02380 266774
Meet in car park for walk through the inclosure containing both coniferous and deciduous woodland and heathland. Possible species Redstart, Woodlark and Raptors. Some orchids may be seen.

Monday 24th June Swift walk Lymington.

Map Reference SZ321963  8:00pm  – 10:00pm
Category A
Leader Andy Broadhurst Tel: 01590 622835 or 07941 349002

Park in main car park behind Marks and Spencer on St Thomas Street, free from 6.00pm. Meet at ticket machines by 8:00pm. 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. Note that good sightings of swifts are dependent on fine weather, so please call leader in advance of travelling to check that the walk is on.

Friday 28th June Nightjar walk Burton Common

Car park at end of Waterditch Road BH23 8JX Map reference SZ 190958. 8.00 – 10.00 pm 1 mile
Category B.
Leader Olly Frampton E mail: olly.frampton@hotmail.co.uk

Short walk through woods onto Common. Hobby, Stonechat, roding Woodcock should be seen before the Nightjars start churning 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 steep incline on the path.

JULY

Wednesday 3rd July Nightjar walk Burton Common

Car park at the end of Waterditch Rd BH23 8JX Map reference SZ190958  8.00 – 10.00pm  Distance 1 mile
Category B
Leader Olly Frampton E mail: Olly.frampton@hotmail.co.uk

Short walk through woods onto Common. Hobby, Stonechat, roding Woodcock should be seen before the Nightjars start churning 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

Saturday 27th July Manor Farm, Broughton (Broughton Water Buffalo)

SO20 8AN Map Reference SU 309334    10.30am – 1.00pm 5 kms
Category B
Leader Alison Cross and Gillian Pugh

Parking will be sign posted. Opportunity to learn what the farm is doing for wildlife and its commitment to environmentally sustained farming. We should see a range of farmland birds including Skylark, Yellowhammer, Linnet. May see Corn bunting and Grey partridge. If you wish to attend, can you please book a place by contacting Alex Barker at walks@hos.org.uk

AUGUST

Sunday 11th August Tidgrove Warren nr Kingsclere

Entrance to the farm at SU 516538 (RG25 3EN)  10.00am – 1.00pm
Category A
Leader Keith Betton Tel: 07809 671468

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 downland birds and uncommon arable plants.

Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August Bird Fair Rutland

Tuesday 20th August Warsash

Map Reference SU 489062  10.00am -2.00pm 3-4 miles
Category A
Leader Richard Carpenter Tel 01329 661856 or 07849 184316

Meet Passage Lane, looking for autumn migrants

Sunday 25th August West Wood, Netley and Netley Shore

Map Reference SU 446094  10.30am – 2.30pm 4 miles
Leader Phil Budd Tel: 07748 236666 or 02380 444172
Category A

Habitats, deciduous woodland, parkland, grassland, urban areas and seashore. Meet at Eastern car park along Western Parade at Western Shore