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.

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.

September

Saturday 7th September South East Winchester

Map reference SU 483280 9.00am – 12.30pm, 5 miles
Leader Tom Jordan Tel 07914 318031
Category B/C

Join Tom for a walk around his local patch in search of autumn migrants which could include
Whinchat, Wheatear, Redstart and possibly waders. If the weather is good, we may also see late summer butterflies including Adonis Blue. Meet in car park at St Catherines Hill off Garnier Road. There will be some moderate ups and downs and areas of uneven ground and one stile.

Sunday 8th Migrant Birds of Farlington Marshes

Map reference SU 699055, 9.30am – 2.00pm, 3 miles
Leader Kevin Stouse Tel 0239 2482770
Category A

Meet at Broadmarsh car park for this walk for this walk around the marshes in search of migrant birds. NB The 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 car park entrance. Bring coffee/lunch.

Wednesday 11th Fishlake Meadows

Map Reference SU 353225 Post code SO51 0HB, 10.30am – 2.30pm, 2 miles
Leader Nick Wiley Tel 01489 893886 07747 151160
Category A

Chance to see Osprey. Meet in overflow car park at Romsey World of Water. The proprietors here request that you visit coffee shop in return for parking. Otherwise there is road parking around the area which will involve a short walk to meeting place.

October

Saturday 5th Portland Bill

Map Reference SY694705, 10.30am – 3.30pm, 5 miles
Leader Ted Barnes Tel 02380 266774 / 07811 049281
Category B

Meet in the Cheyne Weares car park just off the Southwell road for this circular walk around the
Portland Bill area looking for late returning summer migrants, sea birds and Peregrine Falcon. Bring coffee/lunch. Alternatively a reasonably priced meal/snack is available at the Lobster Pot cafe at the Bill. Phone leader the evening before to confirm especially if bad weather forecast.

Sunday 6th Migrant birds at Titchfield Haven

Leader Kevin Stouse Tel 02392 482770
Map Reference SU 549043, 9.30am – 2.00pm, 4 miles
Category A

Meet at lay-by on West of Titchfield – Stubbington road (B3334). Take the A22 through Fareham and turn left onto the B3334 at the roundabout just before Titchfield village. After the glasshouses continue past Crofton Farm on the right, them turn right into a disused section of the road. Bring coffee/lunch.

Saturday 12th Needs Ore

Leader Keith Betton Tel 01252 724068 / 07809 671468
9.30am – 1.00pm 2 miles
Category A

Numbers limited to 15 applicants. Apply to the leader at keithbetton@hotmail.com. £4.00 permit fee payable. Meeting instructions will be confirmed to those who book.

Sunday 13th Waders workshop

Thursday 17th Brownwich

Leader Richard Carpenter Tel 01329 661856 07849 184316
Map Reference SU 531023, 10.00am – 1.30pm, 3 – 4 miles
Category B

Meet on shore road near the west entrance to Titchfield Haven. We will look for autumn migrants both offshore and on the arable land between Hill Head and Brownwich Pond. If there has been recent rain, the paths will be muddy. Bring coffee/lunch

Saturday 26th Pagham Harbour

Leader Julian Moseley Tel 02380 779850
Map Reference SU 857965, 10.30am – 3.30pm, 4 miles
Category A

Meet at the reserve centre OS 197 . We should hope to see later migrants and possibly a few
butterflies. Bring lunch.

Sunday 27th Herbury Gore Dorset

Leader Janice Beck with Keith Betton Tel 07723 026332
Map Reference SU 617806, 9.30am – 12.30pm, 4 miles
Category B

Meet at Moonfleet Manor Hotel car park (parking free) Post code DT3 4ED. Map Reference SU 617806. Fringe woodland and farmland and then tidal inland waterway. The walk is planned to take in receding tide. Walking boots or wellingtons.

November

Saturday 2nd HOS Recording Birds Workshop
Littleton Memorial Hall 10.00am – 4.00pm

Saturday 3rd RSPB Arne

Leader John Clark Tel 02380 618604
Map Reference SY 971876, 10.00am – 3.30pm
Category A

Meet at the information centre for this walk around the reserve to see many species including 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 Winchester RSPB group.

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.