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.

 

November

Sunday 4th November – RSPB Arne

Leader John Clark (02380 618604) 10.00am until approx. 3.30pm

Meet by the information centre at SY971876 for this walk around the reserve to see many species to include Marsh Harrier, Dartford Warbler, Avocet, and Spoonbill. Entrance is free to RSPB members and the reserve has an onsite cafe. Bring lunch/coffee if preferred. This is a joint walk with the Winchester RSPB group.
Walk category A.

Sunday 11th November – Birding Basics Gull Workshop at Blashford.

See Birding Basics for details

Sunday 18th November – Warblington Shore to Hayling Oyster beds.

Leader Kev. Stouse (07510 600808) 9.30am until 1.30pm (4 miles)

Meet at Warblington Church car park (SU728054) for this walk in search of winter birds.
Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category A.

Saturday 24th November – Riverside Park, Swaythling and Mansbridge

Leader Phil Budd (07748 236666) 9.30am until 1.00pm ( 3 miles)

Meet at the car park at Manor Farm road near junction with Woodmill Lane (SU441150). Birds and other late autumn wildlife of river, wet woodland, a cemetery and suburban parkland expected. Mostly good paths but could be muddy in a few places. There are a couple of busy roads to cross.
Walk category A/B.

December

Saturday 1st December – Ashley Forest

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

Meet in the Ashley Walk car park at SU188198 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.

Sunday 9th December – Twyford, Hazeley and Morestead Downs

Leader Ted Barnes (078110 492810/02380 266774) 10.00am until 2.30pm (5 miles)

Meet at the Twyford Recreation Ground car park (SU483243 – OS185) 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 foot ware. Bring lunch/coffee.
Walk category C/D.

Sunday 16th December – Needs Ore

Leader Keith Betton (01252 724068) 9.30am until 1.00pm (2 miles)

Numbers limited to the first15 applicants only – apply to the leader at keithbetton@hotmail.com – further walks will be arranged for 2019. £4.00 permit fee payable. Meeting instructions will be confirmed to those who book.
Walk category A.

Tuesday 18th December – Warblington Shore to Budds Farm

Leader Kev Stouse (07510 600808) 9.30am until 1.30pm (3 miles)

Meet at Warblington Church car park (SU 728054) for this walk along the shore to Budds Farm Sewage Works in search of winter birds. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category A.

Saturday 29th December – Mayfield Park, West Wood and Weston Shore

Leader Phil Budd (07748 236666) 10.30am until 3.30pm (5 miles)

Meet at the east end of Weston shore (SU445095) on Weston Parade for this post Christmas ramble taking in Mayfield Park, West wood and Weston Shore. NB. There are busy roads to cross and walk direction will be dependent on tides. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category B.

Sunday 30th December – Hill Head & Brownwich

Leader Richard Carpenter ( 01329 066856/07849 184316) 10.00am until 1.00pm (3-4 miles)

Meet at SU531023 – on the shore road near the west entrance of Titchfield Haven. We will lok for wintering wildfowl and waders on the shore before moving onto the agricultural land at Brownwich. If there has been recent rain the paths will be muddy. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category B.

January

Sunday 6th January – Kilmeston & Beauworth

Leader Nick Wiley 10.30am until 2.00pm

Park in Kilmeston and meet by post box (SU590258 – OS 185) for this walk through open countryside and woodland. We will be looking for Winter migrants such as Fieldfare and Redwing as well as resident species. Bring lunch/coffee.
Walk category B.

Sunday 13th January – Winter Birds at Farlington Marshes

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

Meet at Broadmarsh car park near church (SU699055) for this walk around the marshes in search of winter 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 26th January – Oxey Marsh at Dusk

Leader Marcus Ward (07749 375994 or 01590 677541) 3.00pm until 5.30pm

Meet at the lay-by along Ridgeway Lane at SZ323934 about 200m beyond the Chequers Pub. This is a dusk walk at Oxey Marsh looking at roosting sea Ducks and Grebes together with roosting Egrets. Bring stout footwear. This is a joint walk with Wild New Forest.
Walk category A.

February

Saturday 2nd February – Lepe Ramble

Leader Dave Munday (01489 576641) 9.00am until 1.00pm (4 miles)

Meet in the main car park ( SU455985 ) on the sea front (N.B. charges apply) for this walk through farm and woodland habitat. We will also take time to sea watch. There are toilets in the car park.
Walk category A.

Sunday 10th February – Buriton for Farmland Birds

Leader Kev Stouse (07510 600808) 9.00am until 3.00pm (6 miles)

Meet at Buriton village pond car park near the church (SU740200) for this circular walk along footpaths to Petersfield heath and back in search of winter farmland birds. Will be muddy if it has recently rained. Will be two stops on this walk. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category B.

Saturday 16th February – HOS Course – Understanding more about birds and birding

See Birding Basics for details.

Sunday 17th February – Alresford

Leader John Clark (02380 618604/072678) 10.00am until 2pm (3 miles)

Park in the village and meet at the bottom of Broad Street (SU587328). A late winter walk taking in farm and woodland habitats plus the surrounding wetter areas including the cress beds and the pond. Wildfowl waders, raptors etc. can be expected. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category C.

Saturday 23rd February – Hawfinch Roost at Dawn in Holm Hill inclosure, Breakfast at Acres Down

Leader Marcus Ward (07749 375994 or 01590 677541) 6.00am until 9.30am

Meet at the Acres Down car park at SU267097 at 6.00am.Watch the forest wake up. We will start at a Hawfinch roost followed by breakfast at Acres Down. Bring your own breakfast and a sit mat. This is a joint walk with Wild New Forest.
Walk category C.