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.
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.
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.
Wednesday 5th June Cheriton and Gander Down.
Map Reference SU579282 (OS map 185) 10.00am -2.30pm 4 miles
Leader Nick Wiley Tel: 01489 893226 or 07747 151160
Park at Cheriton tennis club car park, nr Flower Pots Inn. Circular walk Through woodland and open countryside to see Skylark, Yellowhammer, raptors, butterflies. Bring drink and lunch.
Saturday 8th June Anderwood New Forest.
Map Reference SU249059 10.00am -12.30pm
Leader Tina Vaughan Tel 07801 967997
Meet at the car park off the Burley-Lyndhurst Road. Conifer and broadleaf trees, sloping heathland. In the area of Anderwood and Knightwood Inclosures. Ground should be mainly dry, on cycle paths, wide track and maybe a small stretch of mud. Close to areas where Redstart, Wood Warblers, various finches, Firecrest and Raptors reside. Toilets in car park.
Sunday 9th June Roydon Woods Nature Reserve.
Wood Fair and Local Produce Market 10.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday 15th June Rotherfield Park, Nr East Tisted
Map Reference SU706307 9.00am-12.00 2 miles
Leader Francis Buner and Keith Betton Tel 07809 671468
Meet Church of St Peter and Vincula, Colemore GU34 3RX. Park in church car park or nearby.
The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust has been working with the owner of Rotherfield Park to maximise the bird numbers around the estate, not least Grey Partridges. Francis Buner has been leading this work and will explain the successes to date.
Thursday 20th June Pulborough Brooks, Wiggonholt, West Sussex
RH20 2EL Map Reference TQ058164 10.30am – 12.00 The Wetland Trail 2.25 miles
Leader Julianne Evans Tel 01798 875851
If you wish to attend this walk, numbers are limited and bookings will be required. Please contact Alex Barker e mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a charge of £3.50 each plus £6.00 entry fee for non members of RSPB. Mobility scooters are available. It will be helpful if you could indicate whether you will require lunch in the cafe.
Saturday 22nd June Kings Hat Inclosure, New Forest
Map Reference SU386054 10.30am -12.30pm 2.25 miles
Leader Ted Barnes Tel: 078110 49281 or 02380 266774
Meet in car park for walk through the inclosure containing both coniferous and deciduous woodland and heathland. Possible species Redstart, Woodlark and Raptors. Some orchids may be seen.
Monday 24th June Swift walk Lymington.
Map Reference SZ321963 7.00 – 9.30pm
Leader Andy Broadhurst Tel: 01590 622835 or 07941 349002
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. Note that good sightings of swifts are dependent on fine weather, so please call leader in advance of travelling to check that the walk is on.
Friday 28th June Nightjar walk Burton Common
Car park at end of Waterditch Road BH23 8JX Map reference SZ 190958. 8.00 – 10.00 pm 1 mile
Leader Olly Frampton E mail: email@example.com
Short walk through woods onto Common. Hobby, Stonechat, roding Woodcock should be seen before the Nightjars start churning 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 steep incline on the path.
Wednesday 3rd July Nightjar walk Burton Common
Car park at the end of Waterditch Rd BH23 8JX Map reference SZ190958 8.00 – 10.00pm Distance 1 mile
Leader Olly Frampton E mail: Olly.firstname.lastname@example.org
Short walk through woods onto Common. Hobby, Stonechat, roding Woodcock should be seen before the Nightjars start churning 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
Saturday 27th July Manor Farm, Broughton (Broughton Water Buffalo)
SO20 8AN Map Reference SU 309334 10.30am – 1.00pm 5 kms
Leader Alison Cross and Gillian Pugh
Parking will be sign posted. Opportunity to learn what the farm is doing for wildlife and its commitment to environmentally sustained farming. We should see a range of farmland birds including Skylark, Yellowhammer, Linnet. May see Corn bunting and Grey partridge. If you wish to attend, can you please book a place by contacting Alex Barker at email@example.com
Sunday 11th August Tidgrove Warren nr Kingsclere
Entrance to the farm at SU 516538 (RG25 3EN) 10.00am – 1.00pm
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
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
Habitats, deciduous woodland, parkland, grassland, urban areas and seashore. Meet at Eastern car park along Western Parade at Western Shore