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.

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.

March

Saturday 9th March – Millyford Bridge, New Forest.

Leader Marcus Ward and Rob Clements (07749 375994 or 01590 677541)    8.00am -11.00am

Map Ref SU 267078Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers. Wild New Forest walk including HOS. Meet at Millyford Bridge Car Park for a walk looking for LSW territories along with other woodland species (Hawfinch, Crossbill, Firecrest).
Walk category A

Sunday 16th March – Raptor Workshop.

Leader Andy Page

See Birding Basics for further details

Sunday 24th March – Warblington Shore to Hayling Oyster Beds.

Leader Kevin Stouse (07510 600808)    3 miles. 9.30am – 1.30pm.

Meet at Warblington Church Car Park. SU 728054. Walk along the shore in search of Winter migrant birds. Hopefully the Mediterranean Gulls will be back in oyster beds. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category A

April

Saturday 6th April – Portland Bill.

Leader Ted Barnes (078110 49281 or 02380 266774)    4.5 miles. 10.00am – 3.30pm.

Map ref SY 694705 OS 194. 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 meal is available at the Lobster Pot cafe at the Bill. NB Telephone walk leader the previous evening to confirm. It may be necessary, due to medical reasons, to cancel this walk at short notice.
Walk category C

Sunday 7th April – HOS Members Day.

See Birding Basics for further details

Saturday 13th April – Durlston Country Park

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

Map ref OS 195 SZ 031772. Circular walk in the coastal downland of the Purbeck area. Possible early Spider Orchid. Should be plenty of migrant activity. Meet in car park closest to visitor centre. Parking fee payable.
Walk category B/C

Sunday 14th April – Farlington Marshes.

Leader Kevin Stouse (07510 600808).    3 miles. 9.30am -2.00pm

Map Ref SU 699035. 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 at the car park entrance -continue up Harts Farm Way and where it widens you can turn up and come back to car park entrance. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category A

Wednesday 17th April – Old Alresford/Abbotstone

Leader Nick Wiley (01489 893226 or 07747 151160)    4 miles 10.00am – 2.30pm

Meet at Christy Hall, Old Alresford Map Ref SU 587340, OS map 185, Post Code SO24 9DJ. Undulating farmland, woods looking for farmland birds, raptors and summer migrants. Bring lunch.
Walk category B/C

May

Saturday 4th May – Birdsong workshop Fishlake Meadows

Leader Andy Lester

See Birding Basics for further details.

Sunday 5th May – Hawkshill Inclosure New Forest Dawn Chorus

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)    4.00am – 11.00am

Meet at SU 351019 OS map 195 for 4.00am start. Car park on the edge of the Inclosure. Short walk to the area where we will wait for the dawn. Followed by a slow amble through mixed deciduous and coniferous plantations. Plan to arrive back in car park at 10.00am.
Walk category A

Thursday 9th May – Brownwich

Leader Richard Carpenter (01329 661856 or 07849 184316)    3-4 miles. 10.00am – 1.30pm
Meet at SU 531023 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 there has been recent rain the paths will be Muddy. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk category B

Saturday 11th May – Birdsong workshop New Forest

Leader Simon Curson.

See Birding Basics  for further details.

Sunday 12th May – The Holt Estate, nr Upham

Leader Phil Budd (07748 236666 or 02380 444172)    10.30am – 2.30pm

Meet behind the Holt House. This is reached via a long drive initially through beech woodland and then along a road curving right downhill towards the large house. The entrance to the drive is at Holt Lodge (SU 562226) off Salt Lane. After passing the large house on the right, turn right between the 2 thick hedges, and then someone will guide you to the meeting place at about SU 558231. The habitats covered will be arable land, parkland, pasture and mixed and broad leaved woodland on chalk. Several species of summer migrants are likely as are Red Kites and Buzzards, and the usual woodland birds. Turtle Dove has been seen there recently
Walk Category A/B dependent on length.

Saturday 18th May – Martin Down NNR

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)    10.30am -3.30pm

OS Map 184 SY 058192. This superb example of untouched chalk downland should be reliable for Corn bunting, Skylarks and if we are lucky Turtle Doves. Silver Studded &/or Adonis Blue/Green Hairstreak are also possible. There is a chance of some Orchids. Meet at car park at the end of Sillens Lane (beware of potholes)
Walk category B/C

Sunday 19th May – Birdsong workshop New Forest

Leader Nigel Matthews

Please see Birding Basics for further details.