Forthcoming walks and events

Walks programme restarted

We now have a programme of HOS walks in place.

Attendees no longer need to book a place on HOS walks, but we would ask that you recognise that COVID is still with us and that some people would still prefer that social distancing is observed.

However, please also note that it will be necessary to continue to book places on some walks – such as Needs Ore where places are restricted.

Any queries please do get in touch either by emailing Di Warner or phoning Di Warner, the HOS Walks Co-ordinator on 07883 344724. The distance covered is shown for each walk, and in some cases with a ‘walk category’, as follows:
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.
Do please take care and enjoy the walks programme, but remember, responsibility for personal safety lies with the individual, not the Society.

Please adhere to the current Covid rules which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

Please note some details are not currently known, but will be added when available.

April 2024

Sunday 14 April 2024
Keyhaven Marshes

Leader : Ian Packer – mobile 07505 084123
09:30am to approx 14:30 (4.5 to 5.0 miles)
Meet at the Keyhaven car park opposite the Gun Inn. Use app or coins to pay for parking.
Postcode SO41 0TP. W3W – https://what3words.com/brisk.dentures.grins
Walk is circular on flat ground on mainly gravel paths.
We shall be looking for seabirds and early migrants, plus resident species. The walk will encompass a variety of coastal habitats with views over the sea and saltmarsh.
BRING LUNCH / COFFEE
Walk Category A.

Saturday 20 April
Walk in the New Forest from Millyford Bridge

Leader: Julian Moseley (0238 0779850)
9.30am to 1.00pm (3 miles)
Meet in the car park for a ramble through deciduous enclosures at a promising time of year with one stream to cross. Grid reference (SU268078). W3W neck.moss.handlebar
Max group size of 20, so please let the leader know if you wish to attend.
Walk category B

Sunday 28 April
Testwood and Lower Test area

Leader: Phil Budd (07849 185896)
10.00am to 4.00pm (6 miles)
Meet at Testwood Lake car park – the lower one by Testwood Lake i.e. not the Testwood Centre car park. Grid reference (SU346152), postcode (SO43 7PP).
Habitats include lakes, river marsh, grassland, and woodland. Including some bird hides. Moderate walk, medium distance but on flat land.
Walk category A

Saturday/Sunday 27th/28th April

Hampshire Binocular and Telescope Fair, Lakeside Country Park

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May 2024

Sunday 5 May
Dawn chorus at Turf Hill

Leader: Julian Moseley (0238 0779850)
4.00am to 9.00am (3 miles)
Meet at the car park, grid reference (SU212176). W3W lookout.imagined.hiring
Listen and try to identify species by call and song before seeing whether you were right! The route subsequently takes us across heath and into woodland before arriving back at the car.
Max group size of 20, so please let the leader know if you wish to attend.
Walk category A

Saturday 11 May 2024
Portland Bill

Leader : Ian Packer – mobile 07505 084123
10:00am to approx 14:30 (4.0 miles)
Meet at the Portland Bill car park at the Bill. Use app or coins or phone to pay for parking.
Postcode DT5 2JT. W3W – https://what3words.com/overlaps.bottle.axed
Walk is circular on undulating ground on grass or hard paths throughout.
We shall be looking for seabirds and early migrants, plus resident species. The walk will encompass a variety of maritime and coastal habitats with some fantastic sea / cliff views.
BRING LUNCH / COFFEE
Walk Category A/B.

Tuesday 14 May
Stockbridge Down NT

Leader: Mark Edgeller (07745458665)
8.30am until 11.30am (3 miles)
Meet in the car park at the eastern end of the down on the north side of the B3049 W3W chosen.aimlessly.faced . A late spring walk to take in the beauty of the chalk downland where yellow hammer hold territory, raptors are commonplace and scrub-loving species, including warblers and finches, ensure that any time on site is worthwhile. Raven often move
low overhead, the altitude of the site also encouraging many other birds to linger whilst on migration.
Walk category A

Saturday 18 May
Worth Matravers on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset

Leader: Julian Moseley (0238 0779850)
10.30am to 3.30pm (5 miles)
Donations requested for car park, which also has public toilets. Grid reference (SY974776), postcode (BH19 3LE),
W3W sedative.duty.dime.
A walk along the Dorset coastal path for seabirds and down land species returning after lunch along farm tracks to the village. We pass the ice cream shop before climbing back up to the car park!
Walk category C

Saturday 25 May
Acres Down, New Forest

Leader Ian Hampson (07803 471137)
10.00am to 1.00pm (3 miles)
Meet at the Acres Down Grid reference (SU268097), postcode (SO43 7GE), W3W dips.universal.multiple.
This walk has the best vantage point in the New Forest. Good chance to see Honey Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Hobby and if lucky Goshawk.
Walk category A

June 2024

Sunday 2 June
Tidgrove Warren Farm (near Kingsclere) walk for Stone Curlews

Leaders: Keith Betton (07809 671468)
9.30 am to 1.00 pm (2 miles)
Entrance to the farm is at SU516538 (postcode RG25 3EN, but don’t rely entirely on this). Drive through the gate, continue for 500m and follow directions to parking from there. This is at the invitation of the landowner, Raleigh Place, who farms organically and manages areas of his farm to encourage breeding downland birds (including Stone Curlew) and uncommon arable plants.
Will include a short talk about Stone Curlews.
Walk category B.

Wednesday 5 June
Cheriton, Gander Down
Leader Nick Wiley (07747 151160)

10.00am to 2.30pm (4 miles).
Park at Cheriton tennis club car park, grid reference (SU580284), postcode (SO24 0QQ), near Flower Pots inn, for a walk out to Gander Down looking for farm land birds such as Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting; also good for raptors and butterflies.
Bring lunch/Lunch en route.
Walk category C

Saturday 8 June
Farmland around the rivers Lyde & Loddon, Hook, Hants

Leader Simon Stacey (07720 467678)
9.00am to 12.30pm (3.5 miles).
Park at around Wildmoor lane postcode (RG27 0HE), W3W farmed.commutes.duty
A walk in woodland and around the banks of the Rivers Lyde & Loddon. Target species include Yellowhammer, Skylark, Marsh Tit, Cuckoo, various warblers, Bullfinch, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Spotted Flycatcher.
It can be quite muddy, even in June, so stout walking boots advisable although the walk is all flat.
Due to limited parking of 8 cars please let the leader know if you wish to attend.
Walk category A

Sunday 9 June
Southampton Common

Leader: Phil Budd (07849 185896)
9.30am to 1.30pm (4 miles)
Meet at the entrance to Southampton Old Cemetery at the end of Cemetery Road, grid reference (SU413136), postcode (SO15 2RY).
Walk around parkland, cemetery, woodland and the lakes. Should see plenty of other wildlife as well as birds.
Walk category A

Sunday, 16 June 2024
Normandy Lagoon & Oxey Marsh

Leader: Ian Packer – mobile 07505 084123
09:30 to 14:30 approx. (Distance 3.5 miles, flat walking throughout)
Meet at junction of Maiden Lane and Normandy Lane.
OS Grid Ref: SZ 32680 94070. W3W: https://what3words.com/shifting.regard.nerd Postcode: SO41 8AE
This is quite a large postcode, but the best and easiest landmark is to park on the verges opposite the gates to this house: Kingfishers, Normandy Lane, LYMINGTON, SO41 8AE. The breeding season will be in full swing by then and lots of summer visitors about. Bring lunch/coffee.
Walk Category A

Saturday 29 June
Edenbrook Country Park, Fleet

Leader: John Blithe (07966 391297)
10:00 am to 12:30 pm (3 miles)
Meet in the car park behind the leisure centre off Hitches Lane, grid reference (SU 793538), post code (GU51 5HS).
This walk will start from the Edenbrook car park (no fee is needed). It’s generally level with mainly good paths, some of which can become flooded after heavy rain. Other grass paths are usually ok but can get muddy/flooded after heavy rain, so bring good footwear.
Walk category A