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This page was updated at 08:37 on 30Jan2020

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

 

 

22nd Jan 2020  Seabird conservation in Langstone and Chichester Harbours.

An illustrated talk by Wez Smith on the local work of the RSPB.  7.30 p.m. at Warblington School, Southleigh Rd Havant PO9 2RR.  Suggested donation £3  Contact: Andrew Powling 02392 258457 or apowling01@btinternet.com

 

26th Feb. Island of the Fairy Tern.

An illustrated talk by Andy Lester about St Helena and other UK overseas territories and their wildlife.   7.30 p.m. at Warblington School, Southleigh Rd Havant PO9 2RR Suggested donation £3  Contact: Andrew Powling 02392 258457 or apowling01@btinternet.com

Friday 28th February: Walk round Sandy Point HI to Black Point

Meet in the car-park (pay & display) in Southwood Road Hayling  SZ739981  PO11 9PY at 14:00. For a walk along the shore, some of it on shingle, to Black Point looking for sea birds and waders.  Bring binoculars or telescope if you have them.  In bad weather this walk will be in exposed conditions do dress for wind and maybe rain! Suggested donation £2.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Leader John Goodspeed 023 9222 1361 or john@havantnature.net.  

A static map of Walk round Sandy Point

March 12th.  Flora and Fauna of Farlington Marshes

Chris Lycett, Wildlife Trust warden of the Nature Reserve will be talking to the Friends of Portsdown about the wildlife on the marshes.  7.45 p.m. at The Church of the Resurrection hall in Brecon Avenue Drayton PO6 2AW.  Admission £2.

 

March 17th:  Global Warming

7.30 p.m. Dr Nick Pepin, a Reader in Climate Science in the School of the Environment, Geography & Geosciences at the University of Portsmouth will be giving an illustrated talk for the Friends of Langstone Harbour at the Drayton Centre  238 Havant Road, Drayton, Portsmouth PO6 1PA.  All are welcome.  For further information contact John Goodspeed john@havantnature.net .

 

March 20th:  An early spring walk in the Catherington area.

Come and look for early spring flowers and birds in Catherington Lith and on the Down.  Park carefully and meet at the end of Highcroft Lane Horndean SU702136 PO8 9NX at 2 p.m.  Suggested donation £2.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Leader John Goodspeed 023 9222 1361 or john@havantnature.net.

A static map of Catherington Walk

 

25th Mar. The Havant Thicket reservoir project.

Talk by Trevor Codlin of Portsmouth Water on plans for a new reservoir and the influence it will have on wildlife.   7.30 p.m. at Warblington School, Southleigh Rd Havant PO9 2RR Suggested donation £3  Contact: Andrew Powling 02392 258457 or apowling01@btinternet.com

Tuesday 28th April Walk round Gunner Point for flowers

Meet in the car-park off Ferry Lane Hayling Island  PO11 0DG at 7 p.m. Come for this popular 2 1/2 mile walk round Gunner Point Hayling to enjoy the spring flowers which should include green-winged orchids.  There will be some road and some shingle walking.  .  Dogs under effective control welcome. Suggested Donation £2. Leader John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252

Tuesday 5th May: Butser Hill wildlife walk

Location: Butser Hill, Butser Hill, Hampshire, PO8 0QA.  Park on the roadside approaching the NNR car-park and meet in Limekiln Lane Butser - SU710098 at 7 p.m.   Come and enjoy the flora of this popular chalk downland site and if we are lucky birds.  In the two previous years we came across cuckoos.  .  Dogs under effective control welcome. Suggested Donation £2. Leader John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252.

Tuesday 12th May .Central Portsdown walk

Location: Portsdown burger van, Portsdown Hill Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3LS.  Meet at the west end of the car-park at 7 p.m.  Join us for a walk on this attractive chalk downland looking of spring wildflowers.  We will probably walk about 2 miles including some slopes.  Dogs under effective control welcome. Suggested Donation £2. Leader John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252.

Wednesday 20 May 2020.   Farlington walk

Location: Farlington Marshes, Solent Way, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 1UN.  Meet in the car-park at SU677043 half way along the approach to the west gate of the reserve at 7 p.m. Walk round this Trust nature reserve looking out for plants, birds and anything else of interest.  The full circuit is about 2 1/2 miles but it's flat all the way.  Dogs strictly on leads.  Suggested donation £2.  Leader Andrew Powling 023 9225 8457.

Tuesday 2 June 2020 Havant Thicket walk

Location: Havant Thicket, Manor Lodge Road Rowlands Castle  PO9 6BA. Meet at the car-park gate on Manor Lodge Road.  We will walk through the fields that will become a reservoir and then into the woods to see whether nightjars are still using this area.  Dogs under effective control welcome. Suggested Donation £3. Leader John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252

Wednesday 10 June 2020 Catherington Down walk

Location: Catherington Down, Lovedean Lane , Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8 0TD.  Meet in the car-park off Catherington Lane at SU695144.  Join Andrew Powling for a wander on the down and surrounding areas enjoying the early summer wild flowers.  There will be some short steep slopes involved.  Dogs on leads please.  Suggested donation £2.  Leader Andrew Powling 023 9225 8457.

 

Tuesday 16 June 2020  Cosham lakeside

Location: Lakeside Cosham, Western Road, Cosham , Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3EN.  Meet in the corner of the car-park north of the Lakeside approach Road atSU649089 at 7 p.m.   Walk round the IBM lake where we should find some interesting wild flowers and maybe some birds.  .  Dogs under effective control welcome. Suggested Donation £2. Leader John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252

Tuesday 23 June 2020 Idsworth and Chalton Down

Location: Idsworth, Idsworth Chapel, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, PO8 0BE .  Meet at the roadside by the path to Idsworth Chapel SU741140 at 7 p.m.  We will walk on the Staunton Way, parts of the Sussex Border Path and over Chalton Down enjoying the wild flowers and trying to find out whether the turtle dove that was in this area last year has returned.  Dogs under effective control welcome. Suggested Donation £2. Leader John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252

Tuesday 30 June 2020 Glow worms

Location: Gillmans Lane, Farlington, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 1DU.  Meet at the junction of Grove Road and Gillmans Lane at 8.30 p.m.  Please park carefully considering the needs of residents.  On this 2 hour walk we will explore the eastern end of Portsdown looking at flowers and as we return to our cars search for glow worms. Dogs under effective control welcome. Suggested Donation £3. Leader John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252

 

Tuesday 7 July 2020 :  Old Winchester Hill walk

Location: Old Winchester Hill, South Downs Way, Winchester, Hampshire, GU32 1HN . Meet in the NNR car-park at SU645214 at 7 p.m.   Walk out to the iron age hill fort enjoying the wealth of wild flowers on this site hopefully finding orchids and other chalk downland specialities.  Birds and butterflies are also possible.  Dogs under effective control welcome. Suggested Donation £2. Leader John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252

 

Tuesday 14 July 2020 :  Hazleton Common walk

Location: Hazleton Common, Padnell Road, Cowplain., Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8 8EB. Meet at the end of Padnell Road Cowplain PO8 8EB at 7 p.m.  Join this short flat walk round Hazleton Common looking for wild life and hopefully finding broad-leaved helleborine.  Dogs under effective control welcome. Suggested Donation £2. Leader John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252

 

Saturday July 18th:  Gilbert White's Birthday event

10.30 to 18:30.   Join in the celebrations at The Wakes Selbourne for Gilbert White’s 300th Birthday on the 18th July 2020. The day aims to celebrate the life and achievements of Gilbert White. The day will consist of celebrations, performances, activities and stalls. Plans include the unveiling of our new statue and onsite catering with some of Gilbert White’s favourite food.

Tuesday 21 July 2020 : West Portsdown walk

Location: Portsdown West, James Callaghan Drive,, Portsmouth, PO17 6AR.  Meet in the layby off James Callaghan Drive Portsdown at 7 p.m.  We will be looking out for some of Portsdown's special wild flowers and if the sun shines butterflies.  There will be some steep slopes.   .  Dogs under effective control welcome. Suggested Donation £2. Leader John Goodspeed 078 1143 5252

 

 

 


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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