Sunday 3 May

10 am to 4 pm

Price: FREE (Suggested £2 donation for guided walks)

To comply with the government announcement on Monday 16 March, and advice from RSPB HQ, we have now cancelled all our events, indoor and outdoor, until 1 September. Events after that date will be kept under review. We will post updates on our website on a regular basis. Members will be kept informed by email where we have consent to do so.

We will continue to post news and updates on our website and facebook page in an attempt to keep us all sane! In the meantime, stay well look after those closest to you. We all need to do what we can to enable our wonderful NHS to treat not only those with serious Covid-19 symptoms but all the other patients as well.

RSPB South Wilts Local Group is hosting a Spring Open Day at the beautiful RSPB Nature Reserve of Garston Wood. The wood is right on the Wiltshire/Dorset border and is a delight in spring.

On the guided walks (on the hour from 10am to 3pm inclusive) we will look for flowers and butterflies as well as birds of course. The walks last about 90 minutes and we are requesting a £2 per adult donation. We'll be listening for the wonderful song of blackcap, garden warbler and willow warbler whilst enjoying a spectacular backdrop of wildflowers, dominated by bluebells but including early purple orchids. Sturdy footwear is recommended. You are welcome to stroll around unaccompanied if you prefer.

Do join us to enjoy the wonderful wildlife and learn about the management of this beautiful woodland of hazel coppice with oak, ash and field maple standards.

This tranquil reserve is one and a half miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the road to Bowerchalke. Walks will start from the entrance car park at the northern end of the wood (SU004195).

Hot and cold refreshments and sales goods will be available.

Well behaved dogs, on leads, are welcome. Please ensure you "pick up" after your dog at all times.

Please note: this event is run by an RSPB volunteer group and is organised for interested members of the local community.


GARSTON WOOD RSPB NATURE RESERVE, Near Sixpenny Handley, Salisbury, Wilts

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 50.975109, -1.996241 (Google Maps)
  • County: Wiltshire

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