Birding sites in Hampshire


There are four useful books on this subject and several excellent Internet resources - see Website links.


Honey Buzzard by Steve CopseyWhere to watch birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Bromley, Kent: Christopher Helm, 1989. 302p. illus. maps. ISBN 0 7470 1208 3.


Birds of the New Forest, Alan Michael Snook, Fordingbridge, £12.50.


Birds of Hampshire, Clark and Eyre, HOS, 1993. £22.50.


Wildlife & Wild places, A guide to wildlife reserves managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust


Hantsweb - search for "nature reserve" and you will find some excellent pages describing places like Titchfield Haven, Martin Down and Keyhaven Marshes.


The first covers the well known sites, the second describes six sites in the New Forest in great detail and the third is the most comprehensive and up to date county avifauna.


The Recording section of this website includes a Gazetteer, the OS references are hyperlinks to maps of the areas.

The sites listed below were the subjects of a series in the Kingfisher, the HOS Newsletter, beginning in Winter 1993. Not all the authors have been approached for permission to reproduce their work here, if you are one such please contact the Webmaster. Some of the site descriptions may be a little out of date, so if you wish to update a description, or add a new one, please contact the webmaster.

Shag by Trevor CarpenterShepherds' Spring, Andover


Itchen Valley Country Park


Hurst, Pennington, Keyhaven and Oxey Marshes


Lower Test Nature Reserve and Eling Great Marsh


Farlington Marshes Local Nature Reserve




Hampshire Avon Valley NE of Fordingbridge


Swanwick Nature Reserve, Lower Swanwick


Catherington Down Nature Reserve


Curbridge Nature Reserve


Blackdam Nature Reserve


Hamble Common and Copse


Fleet Pond


Bartley Heath Nature Reserve and the surrounding area


Lord's Wood Greenway


Bishopstoke and the River Itchen