Walks programme restarting
We now have a programme of HOS walks planned for the summer. In light of covid restrictions it will be necessary to book a place on these. Please do so either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning Annette Clayson, the HOS Walks Co-ordinator on 07980 976748.
Please adhere to the current Covid rules which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
Please note some details are not currently known, but will be added when available.
|Leader||Time and Date||Location – start grid reference and name||Max. numbers||Length of walk in time||Length of walk in distance|
|Chris Button & Adam Wells||19/06/2021
Meet at the Sailing Club with grid reference SZ 427977. It’s a 1.7 mile drive from the access gate at the top of Warren Lane where you will need to press the grey button to enter the reserve.
|10-12||2-3 hours||2-3 miles|
|Needs Ore is owned by the Beaulieu Estate and managed by Natural England. Permits normally required to access. Low lying marshy pasture with shallow pools, reed beds, shingle shore and gorse scrub.
Important site for breeding Redshank, Lapwing, Ringed Plover and Avocet. Several recent sightings of White-tailed Eagles and Marsh Harriers. Views across to Gull Island and the breeding Peregrines, one of very few UK pairs who nest on the ground.
OS grid ref SU4218 (Chilworth, north of Southampton)
|12-15||2-2.5 hours||3-4 miles|
|Gentle walk around private Forestry Commission land on a sandy track. Good mix of timber crop, ancient yew trees and deciduous woodland with an extensive holly understorey. Large re-stocked area of open space.
Most regular woodland birds and butterflies should be seen: Firecrest, Siskin, Hobby and Crossbill have all nested in recent years.
Wear stout boots as the ground is uneven and muddy after rain. No surfaced paths, signs, toilets or any other facilities on the site.
| Fishlake Meadows
Meet in HIWWT carpark, Oxlease Meadow, Romsey
|10-15||2 hours||2 miles|
|Easy walking on flat paths. A remarkable area of reed, swamp and scrub with herons, ducks, warblers and raptors. Hopefully an Osprey.|
|Bratley View, New Forest||2.5 hours||4 miles|
|Gravel and grass/mud paths. A variety of birds including Crossbills and Goshawks have been seen in the past. Mixed woodland and heathland.|
|Keith Betton & Janice Beck||18/07/2021
Meet at SU058191 (SP6 3LP is nearest postcode) – the smaller reserve car park – this off the southern end of Sillen Lane, Martin.
|4 hours||3 miles|
|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.
Walk category C.
09:30 to about 15:00
|Keyhaven / Pennington
OS map New Forest OL22, SZ 306915
|30||09:30 start to about 15:00 finish (approx. 5.5 hours +/- 0.5 hour)
|Circular route with easy walking on the flat throughout mainly on gravel paths.
Bring coffee/lunch. Bring a COVID mask (anyway) which you may need to enter The Chequers Inn at the halfway point in case you have need of its facilities. Habitats include the sea, lagoons, saltmarsh, reedbeds hedgerows and open fields. Habitats offer ducks, waders, gulls, terns, breeding birds and whatever else flies by! Essential to bring wet weather gear (anorak / leggings) in case of wind and rain. These can go in your backpack if the weather is or becomes clement.
Meet by the Lookout Café at the lower car park. Both car parks are paid with ANPR – £4.50 for a 4h stay or £6 for the full day
|Circular walk over mostly even ground, but with some less-accessible parts (sandy beach).
We will first visit the wetlands and shrub at Stansore Point, looking for waders and listening out for Cetti’s Warblers and Reed Bunting. After a brief sea watch at the D-day memorial, we retrace our steps to visit the Lepe Point Conservation Area and Dark Water bird hide. We will again be looking for autumn waders and waterfowl, as well as common woodland birds including Firecrest. Finally, we will visit the Dark Water outflow bridge at low tide, looking for shorebirds visiting the mudflats and passing sea birds.
There is plenty of (paid) parking on-site, with toilet facilities at the Lookout Café. Face masks may be needed to enter the Dark Water bird hide.
|Anna & Dave Stewart||08/08/2021
|Magdalen Hill Down Butterfly Reserve.
Meet in the parking area on the north side of the B3404. This is opposite the Magdalen Hill Cemetery entrance and Blackwell & Moody Ltd. stone mason’s works. Grid reference SU 51082 29447. Care should be taken crossing the road as traffic can be fast.
|20||Start 2.00pm until approx. 4.30pm|
|Species expected include typical farmland birds such as Yellowhammer, Linnet and Skylark. Early August is also a good time to see the Adonis Blue butterfly at Magdalen Hill Down as well as Small Blue and Chalk Hill Blue. The specialised chalk flora should also be displaying well. There is a general lack of cover, but we will not be far from the car park this walk.
The initial part of the walk is relatively easy but, in the middle, there is a steep incline that could cause problems for some, particularly if it is wet. Stout footware is recommended. If the weather is particularly wet and windy participants should phone the leaders the evening before to confirm walk is going ahead. Toilet facility are available in Magdalen Hill Cemetery.
|Weston Shore||15||9am start. 2-3 hours||2 miles|
|Migrating terns, gulls, warblers. Possibility of migrant redstart, yellow wagtail, tree pipit. Woodland birds and butterflies at Westwood|
|Keith Betton & Janice Beck||21/08/2021
|Tidgove Warren Farm, near Kingsclere
Entrance to the farm is at SU516538 (RG25 3EN is nearest postcode). Drive through the gate, continue for 500m and follow directions to parking in the field on the left.
|9.30 – 1pm||2 miles|
|This is at the invitation of the landowner, Raleigh Place, who farms organically and manages areas of his farm to encourage breeding down land birds and uncommon arable plants. Stone Curlews may be seen. Walk category B.|
|St Catherine’s Hill and Twyford Down
Meet in car park at St Catherine’s Hill (SU483280/SO23 9PA). If car park is full, parking is available in nearby East Winchester Park & Ride or in laybys on Garnier Road.
|Habitats will include downland, farmland and water meadows, with a variety of autumn migrants likely. There will be some moderate ups and downs (although we won’t be ascending the hill). Refreshments are available from the Handlebar café, which has a toilet. Public toilets also available in the P&R (dependent on Covid restrictions).|
Meet at Broadmarsh Car Park– (Map ref. SU699055)
|A walk round the Marshes in search of Migrant birds. Bring Coffee/Lunch|
|Warblington to Hayling Oyster beds.
Meet At Warblington Church carpark (SU 728054)
|30||9.30 – 1.30|
|A walk along the shore to Hayling Oyster beds in search of Migrant/Early winter birds.
|Tom Jordan||13 or 14/11/2021
Meet in the car park off the A272 (SU529277)
|This walk will cover farmland and download habitats. Likely species include a variety of buntings, finches, raptors and other farmland birds. There will be some moderate ups and downs and the possibility of mud if it has rained. There are no facilities on this walk|