Forthcoming walks and events

Coronavirus

After consulting with other wildlife organisations, which organise walks, we have decide to cancel all walks up to the end of April. Walks for May and later are still currently on, but may be subject to cancellation. Decisions on future walks will be made on a rolling monthly basis.

Please check here for the latest situation, before attempting to join any walks.


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.

March

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

Saturday 28th – Member’s Day – POSTPONED to a future date

See here for details.

April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May

Saturday 2nd – Bird Trail – CANCELLED

We regret that Bird Trail 2020, due to take place in conjunction with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, at Blashford Lakes on May 2nd, has been cancelled due to Coronavirus. This also means that the meeting for those who had planned to come on April 25th will now not take place.

“I will be contacting HOS members who have let me know that they would be a volunteer, but please accept thanks for your support and for those who have put so much work into planning the event. I am sure that you will all agree that, whilst this is a loss to the programme, that people’s welfare must take precedence .     Thank you.       Patricia Brown, HOS Bird Trail Organiser”

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