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. Further information about events can be found by following the link.

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.

January

Saturday 18th – Hill Head

SU 531023       10.00am – 2.00pm
Leader David Wallace Telephone 07856 305268

Meet at shore next to west entrance to Titchfield Haven. We will be looking for wintering waders and wildfowl at Hill Head and Meon shore, before moving on to the agricultural land at Brownwich. If there has been rain the paths will be muddy. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk Category A 3 – 4 miles

Saturday 25th – South East Winchester

SU 483280       10.00am -2.00pm
Leader Tom Jordan Telephone 07914 318031

Meet in car park at St Catherines Hill off Garnier Rd for a walk covering downland, farmland and wetland habitats. Expect common farmland and riverside birds, wildfowl and waders. There will be some moderate ups and downs and the possibility of muddy or wet ground. Bring lunch. There is a cafe in the car park
Walk Category B/C 4 miles

February

Sunday 2nd – Selborne Common

SU741335 Post code GU34 3JR       10.00am-1.00pm
Leader Chris Piper Telephone 07711 506100

Please note steep ascent of Zigzag path at commencement of walk. Meet in the free car park at the back of Selborne Arms in High Street, Selborne. Ancient woodland. Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Firecrest and Jay might be seen along with Buzzard and Red Kite. Bring coffee/lunch
Walk Category C up to 5 miles

Tuesday 4th – Twyford, Hazeley and Morestead

SU 483243 OS map 185       10.00am – 2.30pm
Leader Ted Barnes Telephone 078110 492810/02380 266774

Meet at the Twyford Recreation Ground car park 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 footwear. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk Category C/D 5 miles

Sunday 9th – Southampton Sports Centre

SU 406155       10.30am – 2.30pm
Leader Phil Budd Telephone 02381 223140

Lords Wood and Lords Wood Greenway. Winter birds of woodland, parkland and urban edge. Meet at Dunkirk Road car park near South entrance to sports centre.
Walk Category A

Sunday 16th – Buriton

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

Meet at Buriton village pond car park near church for this circular walk along the footpaths to Petersfield Heath and back in search of winter farmland birds. Will be muddy if rained
recently. There will be 2 stops on this walk. Bring coffee/lunch.
Walk Category B 6 miles

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

Saturday 28th – Member’s Day

See here for details.

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.