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.

See also Birding Basics Workshops  for information about courses.

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.

February

Sunday 16th – Buriton *** CANCELLED ***

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

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

March

Sunday 8th – Warblington Shore to Hayling Oyster Beds, 9.30am – 1.30pm
Leader Kevin Stouse Tel : 07510 600808

Meet at Warblington Church car park (SU 728054) for this walk along the shore to Hayling Oyster beds in search of migrant birds, waders and wild fowl. Hopefully Mediterranean Gulls will be on oyster bed islands. Bring coffee/lunch

Walk Category A 3 miles

Saturday 21st – Test Valley, 10.00am – 2.30pm
Leader John Clark Tel: 02380 618604 07562 972678

Meet in lay by on Romsey to Stockbridge Road, past the Bear and Ragged Staff pub. This walk will take in farmland and riverside. Expect to see Redwing, Fieldfare, farmland birds and wild fowl. We might possibly see early Osprey. Bring coffee/lunch

Walk Category B/C 3 miles

Saturday 28th – Member’s Day

See here for details.

April

Saturday 4th – Winterbourne Down, 10.30am – 2.30pm
Leader Julian Moseley Tel: 02380 779850

Park in RSPB car park. OS map 184 SU 209404. This walk will be principally to observe Stone Curlews. Bring coffee/lunch

Walk Category B

Tuesday 7th – Warnford, Mardell Farm, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Leader Nick Wiley Tel: 01489 893226 07747 151160

Meet by village hall for this walk through open countryside and woodland looking for early migrants and residential species. Can be muddy after rain. Park where available in Warnford. Bring coffee/lunch. Map reference SU 624232 OS185

Walk Category B 5 miles

Saturday 11th – West Wood, Netley and Netley Shore, 10.30am – 2.30pm
Leader Phil Budd Tel: 07748 236666

Habitats, deciduous woodland, parkland, grassland, urban areas and seashore. Meet in Eastern car park along Western Parade at Western Shore. Map Reference SU 446094. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk Category A 4 miles

Friday 17th – Hockley Meadows, 6.45pm – 8.30pm
Leader Tom Jordan Tel: 07914 318031

Meet by the Bridge Inn, Shawford SO21 2BP for an evening walk through the water meadows of the Itchen Valley. Likely species include Kingfisher, Grasshopper Warbler, possible Barn Owl and various bats. This will be a flat walk however there is the possibility of mud and puddles. Optional pub extension. Parking on street or Shawford Station or pub car park, for patrons.

Walk Category A 2.5 miles

Saturday 18th – Portland Bill, 10.00am – 3.30pm
Leader Ted Barnes Tel: 078110 49281 or 02380 266774

Meet in Cheyne Wares car park just off Southwell Road for this walk around Portland Bill area looking for returning summer migrants, sea birds and nesting Auks. Bring lunch, alternatively a reasonably priced lunch is available at the Lobster Pot cafe at the Bill.

NB Telephone the walk leader the previous evening to confirm. Weather conditions may require the walk to be altered or cancelled.

Walk Category C 4.5 miles

Sunday 19th – Farlington Marshes, 9.30am – 2.00pm
Leader Kevin Stouse Tel: 07510 600808

Meet at Broadmarsh car park 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. The correct car park has large blocks in it, the other car park does not. Map reference SU 699055. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk Category A 4 miles

Sunday 26th – Frogham SP6 2JD, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Leader Nigel Owen Tel: 01425 655511 0787 6694052

Meet at Abbots Well car park, Abbots Well Road, Frogham. Terrain, paths and tracks, uneven underfoot, some gradients and could be muddy after rain. One small ditch to cross. Target species, summer visitors such as Cuckoo, Redstart, Willow Warbler, plus heathland residents including Dartford Warbler and Stonechat.

Walk Category B 4 miles

Tuesday 28th – Brownwich, 10.00am – 1.30pm
Leader Richard Carpenter Tel: 01329 661856 or 07849 184316

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

Walk Category B 3 – 4 miles

May

Saturday 2nd – Bird Trail

Many thanks to those members who have volunteered for this year’s Bird Trail. There is room for more as groups are already registering for the event. If you would like to help, even if you feel less confident in bird identification, there are still opportunities. There will be a  briefing at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. There will also be a pre-event reconnaissance meeting at the Reserve on Saturday 25th April at 10 a.m.

If you are interested in being a HOS Volunteer for the day, please contact Patricia Brown via email: patricia.v.brown14@gmail.com. If you know of any groups who would like to participate please contact Jim Day at blashfordlakes@hiwwt.org.uk to secure a team place. Teams of up to 15 youngsters may take part providing that they have the requisite number of responsible adults with them. HOS volunteers are not responsible for the youngsters, but are there to help with bird identification and with activities.

Sunday 3rd – Stockbridge Marsh Dawn Chorus walk, 4.00am – 7.30am
Leader Julian Moseley Tel: 02380 779850

OS map 185 SU 358346 There is a car park on site at the Eastern end of Stockbridge. The walk is on level ground by river and wood.

Walk Category A 2 miles

Saturday 9th – Home Farm Selborne, 7.00am – 10.00am
Leader Chris Piper Tel: 07711 506100

Early morning walk around Woodland Home Trust Farm managed for conservation. Woodland scrub and open habitat. Possibility of tree pipit and a mix of resident and migrant farmland and woodland birds. One or two gentle to moderate hills. Grassy paths which can be muddy when wet. Meet in free Spain Lane car park. Map reference SU 659424. Nearest postcode GU34 5RT.

Walk Category B/C 3 – 4 miles

Saturday 16th – Franchises Wood, 10.00am 12.00 noon
Leader Anneka Schofield Tel: 07711 385587

Meet in car park on Franchises Lodge site, opposite Telegraph Hill car park SP5 2PX. There is a driveway to the right of the above car park, that curves to the right of the houses. There is a closed gate with the RSPB logo. Go through the gate, closing it behind you. Drive about 50 metres down the gravel track. Park in the clearing on the right-hand side. Walk will be on uneven gravel tracks through woodland. No stiles or obstacles bit there is a short steep section at beginning and end.

NB: Numbers for this walk are limited. If you wish to attend please book a place with Alex Barker at email walks@hos.org.uk

Walk Category B/C 2 miles

Sunday 17th – Broughton Down, 10.30am – 2.30pm
Julian Moseley Tel: 02380 779850

A steep initial climb to reserve reveals a northerly view over the valley. As untouched chalk downland it is superb for spring flowers, birds and insects. Parking available at end of Buckholt Road, but parking must be well off access road as room is needed for farming vehicles. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk Category B/C 4 miles

June

Wednesday 3rd – Cheesefoot Head/Long Wood, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Leader Nick Wiley Tel: 01489 893226 07747 151160

Park at Cheesefoot Head car park SU529277 OS map185. The walk will be across downland and grassland to Long Wood. We will be looking for Corn Bunting and raptors. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk Category B/C 5 miles

Sunday 7th – Wick Hill Farm, Selborne, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Leader Chris Piper Tel: 07711 506100

Meet in car park behind Selborne Arms, Selborne for this circular walk. Map reference SU 741335, nearest post code GU34 3JR. Walk through National Trust lythes, woodland edges, mixed farmland, with some scrub. Should offer a mixture of resident and migrant farmland and woodland birds. Toilets in the car park. Moderate hills and plenty of stiles. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk Category C 4.5 miles

Saturday 20th – Kings Hat New Forest. 10.30am – 12.30pm
Leader Ted Barnes Tel: 078110 49281 02380 266774

Meet in Kings Hat car park for this walk through the inclosure, both coniferous and deciduous woodland and open heath. Possible species to include raptors and Woodlark. Some orchids may also be seen.

Walk Category B 2.25 miles

July

Wednesday 1st – Nightjar walk Burton Common, 8.30pm – 10.00 pm
Leader Bob Groves Tel: 07934 010098

Meet in the car park at the end of Waterditch Road BH23 8JX. Map reference SZ 190958. Short walk through woods onto Common. Hobby, Stonechat, roding Woodcock should be seen before the Nightjars start churring 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.

Walk Category B 1 mile

Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd – Swift walk Lymington, 8.00pm – 9.30 pm
Leader Andy Broadhurst Tel: 01590 622835 or 07941 349002

Map reference SZ321963. Park in main car park behind Marks and Spencer on St Thomas Street, free from 6.00pm. Meet at ticket machines. 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.

NB: Good sightings are dependent on fine weather, so please call the leader in advance of travelling to check that the walk is on.

Walk Category A

Saturday 25th – Magdalen Hill Down, Magdalen Hill, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Leaders Keith Betton and Jayne Chapman
Jayne Chapman of The Butterfly Conservation Tel: 01252 724068 07809 671468 OR 07909 968657

Meet at Magdalen Hill Cemetery car park. Map Ref SU510295 North side of B3404
The Butterfly Conservation manage this reserve for both butterflies and moths. Small Blue and Chalk Hill Blue are in abundance on the site. Also includes a good variety of farmland birds.

Walk Category B/C 2 miles