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.

March 2019

Sun
24

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)
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

April 2019

Wed
17

The Wildlife Wanderer

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

Slide show and talk by David Bailey International Award-Winning Wildlife Photographer.
David was born in the New Forest, but spent many years living in Dorset before moving to Wales, he now travels the UK photographing wildlife.
He won the 2011 Welsh Wildlife Photographic Award and voted best Welsh Marine Photographer. He worked as cameraman, photographer, consultant and appeared on all four BBC One Rhys Jones Wildlife Patrol UK and International series and has also appeared on Springwatch, Springwatch Extra, BBC Radio Wales and ITV Wales, Coast & Country. In 2016 awarded the Brand Laureate International Personality Award receiving the award alongside Adele for being recognised as being the worlds best in their particular fields and in 2017 David's first book Wildlife Wanderer was published.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non-local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
28

Day trip to Boldrewood

Location: Meet for a 10:00 start in the main car park (SU242086 OS Landranger 195)
Postcode: SO43 7GE (Google map)

Trip to Boldrewood in the heart of the New Forest.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

May 2019

Wed
15

Basingstoke Local Group AGM

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

Annual General Meeting of the RSPB Basingstoke Local Group.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
19

Day trip to Durlston Country Park & National Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in the Car Park by the Information Centre for a 10.00am start (SZ 032 773 - OS Landranger 195)
Postcode: BH19 2JL (Google map)

Day trip to Durlston Head Country Park. Few places in Britain equal Durlston: the bare statistics merely hint at the amazing diversity of wildlife: 33 species of breeding butterfly, over 250 species of bird recorded, 500 wildflowers, 500 moths and thousands of other invertebrates. Durlston's special qualities stem from a combination of geography, geology, history and careful management which has created a mosaic of nationally important wildlife habitats: sea-cliffs, downs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodland, and dry-stone walls each with their characteristic plants and animals.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Parking £5 all day £4 up to four hours £2.50 up to two hours

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

June 2019

Sun
23

Day trip to Thursley Common National Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in the car park by The Moat for a 10.00am start (SU 899 415 - OS Landranger 186)
Postcode: GU8 6LW (Google map)

A visit to Thursley NNR, one of the largest remaining fragments of Surrey heath, and includes areas of lowland heath, mire and woodland. The site supports a range of typical heathland wildlife including large invertebrate populations. The best time to visit the reserve is between May and September. The reserve's mixture of mire and wet heath is one of the finest examples of its type in southern England. The site contains bog pools, sphagnum lawns and, in drier areas, tracts of cross-leaved heath on the sandy soils.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

July 2019

Sun
21

Day trip to NT Stockbridge Down

Location: Meet in the main reserve car park for a 10.00am start (SU 374 346 - OS Landranger 185)
Postcode: SO20 6HN (Google map)

A visit to Stockbridge Down, a National Trust (NT) chalk grassland oasis in a sea of arable land. Possessing the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, earthworks and around 14 Bronze Age burial mounds this is also a site of importance for archaeology, as well as nature conservation. It is a fantastic place to go for all sorts of wildlife, but is especially wonderful for its butterflies. It has over 30 species of butterfly here and on a warm sunny day in mid-summer you can be surrounded by clouds of them. It is also a very important site for overwintering birds that rely on the scrub habitat for shelter in the midst of the acres of surrounding farmland. Other bird species found here include linnet, bullfinch, long eared owl and skylark.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

August 2019

Sun
25

Thorney Island

Location: Meet on Thoney Road south of the sewage works for a 10.00am start (SU756 049; OS Landranger 197)
Postcode: PO10 8BL (Google map)

A walk at Thorney Island.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

September 2019

Sun
22

Day trip to Keyhaven Marshes Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in the car park by the Harbour for a 10.00am start (SZ 308 916 OS Landranger map 196)
Postcode: SO41 0TR (Google map)

A day visit to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Keyhaven Marshes.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com