Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

June 2020

Sun
21

CANCELLED due to Risk from Corona Virus Martin Down National Nature Reserve

Location: Meet at the car park at the southern end of Sillen lane Martin for 10.00am start (SU 057 191 OS Landranger Map 184)
What 3 words ///weeded.butlers.spoon
Postcode: SP6 3LB (Google map)

A trip to Martin Down a national nature reserve covering some 336 hectares and jointly owned and managed by Natural England and the Hampshire County Council.
Although one of the largest areas of chalk grassland in the country, Martin Down represents a small remnant of downland which once covered the chalk. The site includes grassland and woodland, supporting a wide range of wild flowers, insects and birds.
The down is rich in archaeology, dating from the Neolithic Bokerley Ditch to the rifle range used during the Second World War.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

July 2020

Sun
19

CANCELLED due to Risk from Corona Virus Magdalen Hill Down Butterfly Conservation reserve

Location: Meet for a 10:00 start in the Magdalen Hill Cemetery car park (SU510295). What 3 Words ///punk.cobbled.convey

Postcode: SO21 1HE (Google map)

A trip to a Butterfly Conservation reserve. Fifty years ago Magdalen Hill Down was open, grazed downland famous for Adonis blues. Much of it was then ploughed-up for arable cultivation and the steeper slopes left to invading scrub.
By 1989 the butterflies were greatly reduced, but our scrub clearance and grazing management has carefully restored the site into a haven for wildflowers and butterflies once again.
The original reserve has been extended twice (mid 1995 and 2004) by taking on large neighbouring areas of arable land. On these chalk grassland is being very successfully re-created through sowing with native grass and flower seed from other Hampshire sites.

Time: 10.00am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

August 2020

Sun
23

CANCELLED due to Risk from Corona Virus Day trip to Pagham Harbour

Location: Meet in the Sidlesham Information Centre Car Park (SZ 857 966 OS Landranger map 197)
What 3 Words ///buildings.working.treaty
Postcode: PO20 7NE (Google map)

A day trip to Pagham Harbour, a glorious and peaceful nature reserve, one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast, and an internationally important wetland site for wildlife. It's a big, sheltered inlet that fills and empties with each tide, with wild ducks, geese and wading birds flighting to and fro. With a wealth of wildlife, beautiful landscapes and a rich historical heritage, it is a great place to get away from it all. There is something of interest all year round. Resident species include little egrets, ringed plovers and lapwings. In spring and autumn all sorts of migrant birds pass through. In the summer, lapwings and little terns breed, and butterflies flit along the hedgerows, dragonflies patrol the ponds, and lizards bask in the sun.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

September 2020

Wed
16

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands By Keith Betton

Location: The Barn, Church Cottage, St Michael's Church, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Postcode: RG21 7QW (Google map)

Keith Betton has visited the group several times before and is always well received. Keith travels extensively as part of his work as a contributing Editor to Nature Travel Network and this talk is the result of a trip he took recently and will include some of the iconic species of the South Atlantic, Albatross, Penguins, and Petrels..

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
20

Day trip to Farlington Marshes

Location: Meet in the main Reserve car park for a 10.00am start. (SU 679 044 OS Landranger map 196)
What 3 Words ///toned.noises.latest
Postcode: PO6 1UN (Google map)

Exploring Farlington Marshes, this site is a coastal grazing marsh and lagoon which has several pools, both freshwater and brackish, and a broad stream which provide feeding and roosting sites for waders and wildfowl. It is internationally important for the bird population that it supports, such as bearded tit, sedge and reed warblers.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com