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Wildlife Walks and Talks 

 

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This page was updated at 09:10 on 11Feb2019

Updates on expected weather etc will be added up to a week ahead of walks in this list and updated as the day approaches.

If you have suggestions for future walks please e mail me

 

Wednesday 20th February:  Milton Locks

Find out about an area with an industrial heritage that is now used as a wildlife haven with an abundance of insects etc. Location: St Wilfrid's Church Hall, St Wilfrid's Church, Padnell Road, Cowplain, Waterlooville , PO8 8DZ at 7.30

Wednesday 27th February: Wildlife through the Seasons in the New Forest

An illustrated talk by naturalist and photographer Andrew Watts about the wildlife of the New Forest.  7.30 p.m. at Warblington School Havant.  Suggested donation £3.  Details from Andrew Powling 023 9225 8457 or apowling01@btinternet.com.

Friday 8th March:  Langstone Harbour shoreline walk.

Come for a walk of about 4 miles along the shores and the streams leading into Langstone Harbour looking for birds.  If we are lucky we will spot one or more kingfishers.  There is likely to be some mud.  You may want to bring elevenses.  Meet at the shore end of Southmoor Lane PO9 5JW at 09:30.  Park free at the end of Southmoor Lane or before going under the height barrier.  Leader: John  Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 of john@havantnature.net

Wednesday Marc h 13th: Bats

A Talk by Nik Knight on his favourite topic.  Expect to be amazed by the latest technology on identifying and surveying bats.  At the Church of the Resurrection Hall Brecon Avenue Drayton PO6 2AW at 7.45 p.m.

Wednesday 20th March:  Help our hedgehogs

A taslk by Chris Matcham on the history of hedgehogs, the reasons for their decline and how we can all play our part in helping increase their numbers.  Location: St Wilfrid's Church Hall, St Wilfrid's Church, Padnell Road, Cowplain, Waterlooville , PO8 8DZ at 7.30

Wednesday 27th March: The state of the nations birds

an illustrated talk from the writer and county bird recorder Keith Betton on the conservation of birds.  7.30 p.m. at Warblington School Havant.  Suggested donation £3.  Details from Andrew Powling 023 9225 8457 or apowling01@btinternet.com.

:  Gunner Point Hayling for orchids

This walk of about  2 1/2 miles, all on the flat, will involves some road and some shingle walking.  We will try and find some of the wild flowers of this peninsular including orchids.  We will keep our eyes open for birds so bring binoculars if you can.    Meet in the lay by off Ferry Lane Sinah.PO11 0BZ at 7p.m. 

Tuesday 30th April: Come for a walk on Butser Hill and into Grandfathers Bottom

Meet in Limekiln Lane on the approach to the Butser Hill car-park at 7 p.m.  Come and enjoy the wild flowers of the chalk downland hopefully including cowslips and orchids.  There will a very steep climb.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

Tuesday 7th May:  Bluebells and birds

Join us for a 3 1/2 mile stroll enjoying wild flowers in the farm and woodlands over the Sussex boundary.  If out timing is right we will find bluebells and there is a chance of hearing a nightingale - we did on this walk last year!  Meet in Marlpit Lane, Woodmancote, W Sussex, PO10 at 8 p.m.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

Tuesday 14th May:  Explore the mixed habitats of Milton Common

Meet in the car-park at the end of Locksway Road Portsmouth PO4 8JW at 7 p.m.  Join us for a short stroll along the Langstone Harbour shore and through the scrub and grasslands of this near urban wildlife site.  Dogs under firm control welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

Tuesday 4th June:  Birds of the dusk in Creech Woods

Stroll through Creech Woods to look for wild flowers and as we return to our cars listen and look for Nightjars.  -  3 1/2 half mile  mainly flat walk with a little bit of road walking.   Meet at the entrance to the car-park on Bunkers Hill Denmead PO7 6UB.  Don't park in the car-park - it may be locked before we end the walk.  Dogs under firm control welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

Tueday 11th June:  Explore the Sussex Border Path and Staunton Way

Meet in the Finchdean village square PO9 6EL.  Come for a 4 1/2 mile walk through village and hamlets on the Sussex Border path and Staunton Way.  It will include some hills and some road walking.  There should be a good show of wild flowers and maybe, if the weather is good,  butterflies.   Dogs on leads welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

Tyesday 18th June:  Birds of the oyster beds

Join us for a flat 4 mile walk from Warblington to the Hayling oyster beds to see the breeding gulls and probably terns.  There will be birds all the way.  Meet in the parking area at the end of Church Lane Warblington PO9 2EU.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

uesday 25th June:  Two of the magic twilight wildlife experiences

Meet at the entrance to the car-park off Manor Lodge Road at 8.30 p.m.    Come and count the glow worms along the rides in Havant Thicket.  We usually find around 30. We will also check whether or not  nightjars are still using this woodland. The walk will end after dark at around 10:30.  
Do not park in the car park in case it gets locked before we finish the walk.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Suggested donation £2.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

Tuesday 2nd July:  Enjoy the birds and wild flowers of Portsdown

Meet in the lay-by on James Callaghan Drive PO17 6AR at 7 p.m.  On this 2 1/2 mile walk we will enjoy some of the interesting flora and birds on this urban but attractive chalk downland site.  There will be some steep slopes.  Dogs under firm control welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

 Tuesday 9th July:  Explore to Old Winchester Hill National NR

Meet in the car-park on Winchester Hill Lane SU646214 at 7 p.m.  On this 2 mile walk there will be steep downland slopes with plenty of wild flowers, hopefully birds and if the sun shines possibly butterflies.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

Wednesday 17th July: Walk to Chalton Windmill for Downland birds and flowers
Meet in Blendworth Village centre at 7 p.m.  We will walk from the village on a steady climb onto the downs and Chalton Windmill where we will find  downland wild flowers and birds.  The return walk will involve some country lanes.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

Tuesday 23rd July: A Stroll across the Hayling Farms

This 3 1/2 mile walk will take us from the oyster beds to the western shore of Hayling Island past the pretty St Peter's church and thatched cottages and lookig out for the wildlife on the farms and shore.Meet in the car-park behind the Esso Garage on Havant Rd Hayling  Dogs on leads welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

 Tuesday 30th July: Catherington Down and Hinton Manor

Join us for a 3 1/2 mile circular walk from Catherington to Hinton Manor and back There will be some hills and country lane and road walking.  Meet in the car park opposite the church on Catherington Lane PO8 0TD at 7 p.m. Dogs on leads welcome.  Suggested donation £1.50.  Leader: John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252 or john@havantnature.net

 

 


Work Parties

Portsdown Conservation Volunteers

There are work parties every Wednesday from 10:00 till 15:00 on Portsdown managing the area on the Site of Special Scientific Interest.  Meet at 10:00 at the East entrance of Fort Widley.  Tools, gloves and hot drinks are all provided but you will need to bring your lunch if you are staying to the end.  (You don't have to!)

There are also work parties on the third Sunday of the month.

Friends of Langstone Harbour

This group works roughly monthly usually towards the end of the month at various sites round the harbour.  Jobs include litter picking, scrub control and path clearance.  Details are available from John Goodspeed 7-10 days before the events.  We usually work from 9:00 to lunch time on Saturday mornings.  Gloves and tools are provided but you should bring any refreshments you need.  If you want to be added to the distribution list for information e mail John Goodspeed or write to him at 22 Hilltop Crescent Cosham PO6 1BD.

 

 


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