Walks

 


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

  • February  
  • March
  • April    
  • May     

    The leaders' names and contact information are shown in the description of each walk.

 

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.   

 

February

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Sunday 4th February – Avington Park

 

Leader John Clark (02380 618604)10.00am until 1.00pm 

 

Meet in the car park at the back of Avington House (SU528320) looking for birds of the area and those on the lakes. Bring coffee/lunch if desired.

Walk category A.

 

Saturday 10th February – Lepe

 

Leader Dave Munday (01489 576641) 9.00am until 1.00pm (4 miles)

 

Meet in the main car park SU455985 on the sea front (N.B. charges apply) for this walk through farm and woodland habitat. We will also take time to sea watch. There are toilets in the car park.

Walk category A.

 

Sunday 18th February – Buriton for Farmland birds.

 

Leader Kev,Stouse (07510 600808)9.00am until 3.00pm (6 miles)

 

Meet at Buriton village pond car park near the church (SU740200) for this circular walk along footpaths to Petersfield heath and back in search of winter farmland birds. It will be muddy after recent rain. There will be two stops on this walk. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B.

 

Saturday 24th February - Fieldworkers Conference

 

Leader Marcus Ward. See Fieldworkers' meeting for full details.

 

March

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Saturday 17th March – Millyford Bridge for Woodpeckers

 

Leader Rob Clements 8.00am until 11.00am

 

Meet at the Millyford Bridge car park (SU267078) for a walk looking at Lesser Spotted Woodpecker territories along with other woodland species (Hawfinch, Firecrest and Woodlark).

Walk category A.

 

Sunday 25th March – Warblington Shore to Hayling Oyster Beds

 

Leader Kev. Stouse(07510 600808) 9.30 am until 1.30pm (3 miles)

 

Meet in The Warblington Church car park (SU728054) for this walk along the shore to Hayling Oyster Beds in search of migrant birds, waders and wildfowl. Hopefully Med. Gulls will be on the oyster bed islands. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category A.

 

Saturday 31st March – Lords Wood and Southampton Sports Centre

 

Leader Phil Budd (07748 236666) 10.00am until approx. 3.00pm (5 miles)

 

Meet at the Lords Wood Gardens car park (SU408154) for this walk seeking out the early spring birds and wildlife of both park and wood land. Bring coffee/lunch. Walk category B.

 

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 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.