Walks

 


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

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. 

 

July 

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Saturday 1st July - Kings Hat Inclosure.

 

Leader Ted Barnes (02380 266774/07811 049281)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.

 

Monday 10th July – Lymington Evening Swift Walk

 

Leader Andy Broadhurst (01590 622907)7pm until 9.30pm

 

Park in the main car park behind Marks and Spencer on St Thomas’s Street ( SZ321963 - Post Code SO419NA)(free from 6pm) and meet at the ticket machines. We will do a tour of the Swift breeding sites and enjoy some low-flying screaming parties. The walk will end at the Kings Arms on St Thomasd’s Street for refreshments and a close encounter with breeding Swifts.

Walk category A. – 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.

 

Sunday 23rd July – Magdalen Hill Down BC

 

Leader Peter E. Hutchins (07895 388378)         14.00 until 16.30 (2.5 Miles)

 

Meet at SU510295 – the Magdalen Hill Cemetery car park – this on the northern side of the B3404 (OS Landranger 185). This Butterfly Conservation reserve on the outskirts of Winchester should provide a ‘quiet’ Sunday afternoon’s birding away from the nearby bustle of the city. The management of this reserve for lepidoptera has also drawn birds to the site, Kestrel sometimes present in good numbers post-breeding whilst Buzzard are also often obvious. Both farmland and scrub-loving species are to be anticipated, including warblers, buntings, larks, pipits and finches whilst the nearby treatment works and more open farmland add gulls, waders, gamebirds and further raptors. The time of the visit, both in the year and day, will also ensure that there’s much to be seen apart from the birdlife present – butterflies, day-flying moths and other invertebrates and the plant life associated with them providing ample distractions.

Walk category B / C

 

August 

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Saturday 5th August - Warsash

 

Leader Ted Barnes (078110 492810/02380 266774)10.00am until 2.00pm (3 – 4 miles)

 

Meet in the Passage Lane car park north of the marina (SU489062) for this walk looking mainly for summer residents on the shore and the scrape at Hook. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B. 

 

Sunday 20th August – Crookham & Greenham Commons

 

Leader Doug. Kelson (07786 647784)         09.00 until 13:00 (3 Miles)

 

Meet at SU523645 – the Crookham Common car park – this at the junction of Old Thornford Road and Crookham Common Road (OS Landranger 174). The heath, its pools and the woodland that surround this disused USAF site are busy with southbound migrants at this time of year, waders and chats often particularly of note. The search for such species will invariably locate residents including Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Stonechat and Woodcock whilst Nightingale, Nightjar, Whinchat and both sylvia and phylloscopus warblers may be among those lingering from the breeding season, or recently arrived for short autumnal sojourns.

Walk category B

 

Sunday 27th August - Twyford, Owselbury and Henstig

 

Leader Phil Budd (07748 236666)10.00am until 4.00pm (5.5 Miles)

 

Meet at SU483242 – Hunters Park car park – Off Park Lane Twyford (OS Landranger 185). We will walk up Park Lane and then along Love Lane and then along Monarch’s Way to Owselbury. Then Water Lane to Henstig and, finally back to Twyford past Park Copse and Gabriel’s Copse. Hope to see summer bird activity and other wildlife. Mainly farmland, village, hedgerow and grassland. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category B/C.

 

September

 

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Sunday 3rd September – Migrant Birds at Farlington Marshes

 

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

 

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

 

Wednesday 13th September – River Itchen Circular Walk

 

Leader Nick Wiley (01489 893226/07747 151160)10.30am until 2.00pm (3 miles)

 

Park in Easton Village (SU511321 – OS 185) and meet by the Cricketers Public House for this walk along the river taking in Easton, Abbots Worthy ad Martyr Worthy for possible Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and others. Bring snack.

Walk category A.

 

Saturday 30th September – Normandy Marsh

 

Leader Marcus Ward (07749 375994 or 01590 677541)8.00am until 11.00am

 

Meet in the lay-by by the Salterns Sailing Club in Maiden Lane at SZ326940 for this walk around Normandy Marsh looking for autumn migrants, waders etc. Oxey Marsh may be looked at as an alternative dependent on productivity of particular area.

Walk category A.

 

October

 

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Saturday 7th October – Portland Bill

 

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

 

Meet in the Cheyne Weares car park at SY694705 (OS194) just off the Southwell road for this circular walk around the Portland Bill area looking for late returning summer migrants, sea birds and Peregrine Falcon. Bring Coffee/ lunch. Alternatively a reasonably priced meal/snack is available at the Lobster Pot cafe at the Bill. Phone leader the evening before to confirm especially if bad weather is forecast.

Walk category B.

 

Sunday 8th October – Ashley Walk – Ring Ouzels

 

Leader Julian Moseley (02380 779850)9.00am until 12.00 mid-day 

 

Meet in the car park at SU186156 – OS 195 for a 45 minute walk to the site (Leadenhall) to look for these attractive migrant birds.

Walk category A.

 

Sunday 15th October – Migrant Birds at Titchfield Haven

 

Leader  Kev. Stouse (07510 600808)9.30am until 2.00pm (4 miles)

 

Meet at the lay-by at SU549043 on West of Titchfield – Stubbington road (B3334), Take the A27 through Fareham and turn left on the B3334 at the roundabout just before Titchfield village. After the glass houses continue past Crofton farm on the right then turn right into a disused section of the road. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category A.

 

Tuesday 24th October – Warsash

 

Leader Richard Carpenter (01329 661856/07849 18431610.00am until 2.00pm (3-4 miles)

 

Meet in the Passage Lane car park at SU489062. We will be looking for waders on the shore, returning wildfowl on the scrape and late autumn migrants. Bring refreshments/lunch.

Walk category A.

 

Sunday 29th October – RSPB Arne.

 

Leader John Clark (02380 618604)10.00am until approx. 3.30pm

 

Meet by the information centre at SY971876 for this walk around the reserve to see many species to include Marsh Harrier, Dartford Warbler, Avocet, and Spoonbill. Entrance is free to RSPB members and the reserve has an onsite cafe. Bring lunch/coffee if preferred.

Walk category A.

 

November

 

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Sunday 12th November – Winter Birds at Cobnor Peninsular

 

Leader  Kev. Stouse (07510 600808)9.30am until 2.30pm (5 miles)

 

Meet at SU777053 where footpath goes left to shore from Farm lane in Nutbourne. Go east through Emsworth on the A259 and continue through Southbourne. There is a broad, straight section of road with fruit farm on right and Caravan sales centre on left. After Caravan centre take second right turn into Farm lane and drive a short way until it widens. Meeting point is on the left. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category A/B.

 

Wednesday 22nd November – Selborne Common

 

Leader Dave Munday (01489 576641)10.00am until 2.30am (5 miles)

 

Meet in the car park behind the Selborne Arms at SU742335. We will then proceed up the zigzag to the common at the top for a circular walk looking for resident birds and wintering species.. The zigzag is steep and can be slippery after rain so those with certain medical conditions need to be aware. Stout footwear is essential. Bring coffee/lunch.

Walk category D.

 

Saturday 25th November – Old Winchester Hill

 

Leader Ted Barnes (02380266774 or 078110 49281)10.00am until 1.30pm (2-3 miles)

 

Meet in the reserve car park at SU645214 for this chalk down land walk with good views to the south. We will look for winter visitors such as Redwing and Fieldfares, resident species and Raptors. This walk can be muddy.

Walk category B.