Walks

 


HOS walk by Doug YellandThe walks below are in month order, follow the link below.

 

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.   

 

April

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Wednesday 4th April – Exton/Warnford walk

 

Leader Nick Wiley (01489 893886 or 07747 151160)       10.00am until 2.00pm (4 miles)

 

Park anywhere in Exton village and meet by the church gate at SU613211- OS Landranger 186 (post code SO32 3NT) for a walk along the old Meon Valley railway line towards Warnford and returning along the Monarchs Way looking for early migrants and resident species. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B

 

Saturday 7th April – Inkpen Beacon

 

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)       10.30am until 3.30pm

 

Meet in the car park at SU371620 (OS Landranger 174 – Newbury & Wantage) for this ramble around the North Downs. There are some steep gradients on this walk and it can be quite muddy. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category D.

 

Saturday 14th April – Bolderwood for Hawfinch.

 

Leader Marcus Ward (07749 375994)       8.00am until 11.00am

 

Meet at the Bolderwood car park (SU242086) for a walk looking for scarce New Forest woodland birds focussing on Hawfinch but we should also see Woodlark, Firecrest, Crossbill, Redstart etc.

Walk category A/B.

 

Sunday 15th April – Migrant Birds at Farlington Marshes.

 

Leader Kev. Stouse (07510 600808)       9.30am until 2.00pm (3 miles)

 

Meet at Broadmarsh car park (SU699055) for this walk around the marshes in search of migrant birds – NB the new road layout means you have to do a

u-turn to enter the car park as there is no right hand turn into the car park entrance – continue up Harts Farm Way and where it widens you can turn and come back to the car park entrance. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category A.

 

Saturday 21st April – Hill Head

 

Leader Richard Carpenter (01329 066856 or 07849 184316)       10.00am until 2.00pm (3-4 miles)

 

Meet at SU531023 – on the shore road near the west entrance to Titchfield Haven. We will look for late wintering waders and wildfowl and early spring migrants. If there has been recent rain, the paths will be muddy, bring lunch. Walk category B.

 

Wednesday 25th April – Kingsley

 

Leader Chris Piper (07711 506100)       10.00am until 2.00am (5.5 Miles)

 

Meet at SU788381 on the main Kingsley Road (B3004 between Alton and Bordon – nearest Post Code GU35 9ND). Park at either the Kingsley Pond car park or Kingsley Centre car park. This circular walk takes in common with heath land, a lake, mature hedgerows, disused railway line, farmland and the Straits Inclosure of Alice Holt forest. Potentially raptors Yellowhammer, Skylark and other farmland species are expected but as this is a new walk who knows what may turn up. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category C/D.

 

Saturday 28th April – Portland Bill

 

Leader Ted Barnes (02380 266774 or 078110 49281)       10.00am until approx. 3.30pm (4.5 miles)

 

Meet in the Cheyne Wares car park (SY694705 – OS Landranger 194) just off the Southwell road for this walk around the Portland Bill area looking for returning summer migrants, sea birds and nesting Auks. Bring lunch.

Alternatively a reasonably priced meal/snack is available at the Lobster Pot Café at the Bill.

Walk category C.

 

May

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Sunday 6th May – Dawn Chorus at Farley Mount

 

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)       4.00am until approx. 11.00am

 

Meet at Farley Mount the Hawthorns car park (SU416293 – OS

Landranger 185) for this walk around the site which consists of chalk downland and FC managed enclosures, so a good mix of habitat. Disperse by 11.00am or thereabouts, or if people wish to stay they can.

Walk category A.

 

Wednesday 9th May – Lucy Hill

 

Leader Dave Munday (01489 576641)       9.00am until 1.00pm

 

Meet in the car park at SU227045 on the right of the Burley to Lyndhurst road alongside the Burley New Inclosure. Watch out for the car park sign. We will walk the heath and woodland looking for a variety of species to include Cuckoo, various warblers, Woodlark and woodpeckers. Good boots are a must.

Walk category C.

 

Saturday 12th May – Worth Matravers

 

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)       10.30am until 3.30pm

 

Meet in the village car park at SZ97575 – Note: parking fee payable. We will descend to the coast and amble westwards to the lighthouse before turning inland for the return leg. Guillemots/Razorbills, Swallows, Swifts, butterflies and bumblebees could be seen. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B/C.

 

Saturday 19th May – Holm Hill for Breeding Waders

 

Leader Russell Wynn       8.00am until 11.00am

 

Meet at the Whitefield Moor car park (SU274026) for a walk looking at breeding Curlew, Lapwing and Snipe. A good range of heath land species should also be seen including Dartford Warbler, Stonechat and Woodlark.

Walk category A.

 

June

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Wednesday 6th June – Cheesefoot Head, Gander Down, and Longwood Warren

 

Leader Nick Wiley (01489 893226/07747 151160)      10.00am until 3.00pm

 

Park at Cheesfoot Head car park SU529277 – OS 185) for this walk across down land and open chalk grass land. We will be looking for farmland birds such as Skylark, Yellowhammer, Corn Buntings and Raptors. Bring coffee/lunch .

Walk category B/C.

 

Saturday 9th June – Martin Down

 

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)      10.30am until 3.30pm

 

Meet in the Salisbury/Blandford Road car park (SU044205) for a day spent on this chalk down land national nature reserve which may produce Corn Bunting, Turtle Dove, Orchids and possibly Adonis blue, White Admiral and Brown Argos Butterflies. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B/C.

 

Friday June 15th – Nightjar at Foxbury Plantation (NT)

 

Leader Dave Munday (01489 576641)      8.00pm until 11.00/12 mid-night

 

At West Wellow on the A36 take the Black Hill Road  on the left heading towards Bramshaw and stop at the car park 1 mile on the left (SU298167). This walk of anticipated 3 to 4 hours duration will target Nightjar, calling Owls and perhaps roding Woodcock. Bring a torch (new batteries) and wear plenty of anti-mossy cream (DEET) or nets.- Note – this walk is dependent on fine weather so please call the leader in advance of travelling to check if the walk is on.

Walk category C.

 

Tuesday 19th June – Lymington Evening Swift Walk

 

Leader Andy Broadhurst (01590 622835/07941 349002 -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )          8.00pm until 10.00pm

 

Park in the main car park behind Mark and Spencer on St Thomas’s Street (SZ321963 – Post Code SO41 9NA)(free from 6.00pm) and meet at the ticket machines. We’ll do a tour of the three Swift breeding sites and enjoy some low flying parties. The walk will end at the Kings Arms on St Thomas’s Street for refreshments and a close encounter with Breeding Swifts. - Note that good sightings of Swift’s are dependent on fine weather so please call the leader in advance of travelling to check if the walk is on.

Walk category A.

 

Wednesday 20th June – Woodcock Roding at Burley Old Inclosure

 

Leader Dave Munday (01489 576641)      8.00pm until 10.30pm,

 

Park at the Anderwood Inclosure car park, which is off the Burley to Lyndhurst Road at (SU249059). Expected species on this walk  on gravel paths are roding Woodcock, calling Tawny Owls and purring Nightjar. Bring a torch (new batteries) and wear plenty of anti-mossy cream (DEET) or nets. Note – this walk is dependent on fine weather so please call the leader in advance of travelling to check if the walk is on.

Walk category B.

 

Saturday 23rd June - Kings Hat Inclosure.

 

Leader Ted Barnes (078110492810 or 02380266774)      10.30am until 12.30pm (2¼ miles)

 

Meet in the car park at SU386054 (OL22) for this walk through the Inclosure containing both coniferous and deciduous woodland and heath land. Possible species include Redstart, Woodlark, and Raptors. Some Orchids may also be seen.

Walk category B.

 

July

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Sunday 15th July – Test Way

 

Leader John Clark (02380 618604)      10.00am until 2-30pm

 

Meet in the lay-by on the Romsey to Stockbridge road pass the Bear and Ragged Staff at SU335258 looking for Warblers and farm birds. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B.

 

Saturday 28th July – ‘’Birding Basics’’ Photography Workshop

 

Details to be announced - please check website for further information.

 

August

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Sunday 5th August – Lower Test, Testwood Park Testwood Lakes and Nursling

 

Leader Phil Budd (07748 36666)      10.00am until approx, 3.00pm (5 miles)

 

Meet at the Testwood Lake car park (SU346152) for this joint walk with SNHS looking for birds and butterflies in a variety of habitats. Bring stout shoes and lunch.

Walk category B.

 

Tuesday 14th August – Warsash

 

Leader Richard Carpenter (01329 066856 or 07849 184316)      10.00am until 2.00pm (3 – 4 miles)

 

Meet in the passage Lane car park, north of the marina at SU489062. W will be looking for early autumn migrants. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category A.

 

Saturday 25th August – Hamble Common, Hamble Airfield, West Wood (Hamble) and Westfield Common.

 

Leader Phil Budd (07748 36666)      1030am until 3.30 pm (4.5 miles)

 

Meet at Hamble shore car park (SU482059 for this joint walk with SNHS looking for birds and butterflies in heath land, woodland and urban areas. Bring stout shoes and lunch.

Walk category B.