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.

April 2020

Thu
23

Shatterford - NOW CANCELLED

Location: Meet in the Shatterford car park on Beaulieu Road (SU 348 063)

Shatterford and Denny Lodge, provide an excellent opportunity to explore a diverse range of heathland, woodland and wetland habitats that make up an exciting part of the New Forest. This area includes further forest and heathland at Stubby Copse, Parkhill and Bishop's Dyke. The more notable bird sightings, include; several warbler types, hawfinch, spotted flycatcher, goldcrest, firecrest, crossbill, various titmice, lesser spotted and great spotted woodpecker, curlew, snipe and redshank. Refreshments can be taken after the walk at the Drift Inn, which is hugely popular.

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590672057

E-mail: newforestgroup@rspb.org.uk

May 2020

Sat
9

Pig Bush - NOW CANCELLED

Location: Meet in the Pig Bush public house car park on Beaulieu Road (SU 362 050)

Do join us for this super field trip which offers a circular walk in the New Forest, starting from the Pig Bush Car Park. We should be walking across heathland to both Yew Tree Heath and the Beaulieu River, looking for raptors, thrushes, swallows and warblers.

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590672057

E-mail: newforestgroup@rspb.org.uk

Wed
13

AGM and Members Evening - CANCELLED & TO BE REARRANGED

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, off High Street, Lyndhurst Town Centre
Postcode: SO43 7NY (Google map)

Due to the COVID-19 predicament, all of our Meetings right up to September are NOW cancelled. But we do hope to rearrange this key AGM event for September or October. Please keep an eye on our 'News' items in the meantime. But we are hoping that this will be more than just a typical AGM. As, we are hoping to retain the offer of being joined by Anneka Schofield, who is the RSPB's Community Volunteering Development Officer, responsible for the new RSPB Reserve inside the New Forest, at Franchises Lodge. Anneka will be talking about how the acquisition of Franchises Lodge first came about, what they have done since then and what the plans are for the future, at this truly stunning site. Also, should time permit towards the end of the evening, some of our members latest birding slides will be shown to the Group!

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 for Non-Members and £3.00 for RSPB Group Members

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk

Wed
20

Fishlake Meadows - NOW CANCELLED

Location: Parking arrangements will be confirmed nearer the time, but should be as before (SU 357 221)

Do join us at this Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust reserve, which is a truly spectacular wetland, home to hunting ospreys, elusive bitterns, migratory cuckoos and murmurating starlings. Fishlake Meadows also supports many other animal species like; otters, water voles, 24 species of dragonfly and damselfly, and an impressive variety of plant life. It really is the ultimate destination for all nature lovers and the unique habitats of Fishlake Meadows established themselves after farming of the land had ceased during the last two decades. Unusually, this reserve now boasts a mix of floodplain habitats rarely seen these days in our chalk river valleys.

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590672057

E-mail: newforestgroup@rspb.org.uk

June 2020

Mon
1

Martin Down - NOW CANCELLED

Location: Meet at the end of Sillens Lane, west of Martin village (SU 058 192)

Martin Down is 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 fantastic bird life, to include turtle doves. The Down area is also rich in archaeology, dating from the Neolithic Bokerley Ditch to the rifle range used during the build-up to the Second World War.

Time: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590672057

E-mail: newforestgroup@rspb.org.uk

Wed
10

The History and Natural History of Lymington & Keyhaven Nature Reserve - CANCELLED

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, Lyndhurst
Postcode: SO43 7NY (Google map)

The Lymington-Keyhaven Marshes are the jewel in the crown of local bird-watching with interest all year and at all states of the tide and weather. Once the centre of the local salt trade, they were saved from potential development by the early acquisition of the site by Hampshire County Council. The area is not just a nature reserve, but a resource used by walkers, joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and families. Who better to tell us more about this fabulous location than the site manager, Peter Durnell.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00, (£3.00 for Local group members)

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk

Sat
20

Goatspen Plain - CANCELLED

Location: Meet in the Goatspen Plain car park (SU 228 015)

Goatspen Plain lies within the New Forest, where a path descends from the Goatspen car park to Anthony's Bee Bottom. Here, there are vast areas of gorse bushes and silver birch trees, growing on the heathland slopes at the southern edge of Goatspen Plain, where seepage from the plain has collected as a shallow pond. We should therefore be blessed with a mixed variety of garden, woodland and perhaps, a few water birds.

Time: 9.00 am to 10.30 am

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590672057

E-mail: newforestgroup@rspb.org.uk

July 2020

Thu
2

Keyhaven Marshes - CANCELLED

Location: Meet on the sea wall by Keyhaven Harbour (SZ 306 915)

Do come along and join us for this special trip to Keyhaven Marshes, to observe the evening roost. Keyhaven, along with Lymington Marshes forms a local nature reserve which is an area of coastal grazing marsh. Jointly, they lie between the town of Lymington and the coastal village of Keyhaven. Hampshire County Council began purchasing the area in 1974 when it bought Normandy Farm. Pennington Marshes were bought in 1979 followed in 1984 by Keyhaven Marshes. This far-sighted policy was a response to the rapid rate of development and loss of habitat in previous decades and offers terrific views of many UK wading birds and at roost, this should prove a bit special!

Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590672057

E-mail: newforestgroup@rspb.org.uk

Sat
18

Denny Wood - CANCELLED

Location: Meet at the small car park through the campsite (SU 334 059)

The Denny Wood area sits within a perfectly secluded spot of the New Forest, England's largest ancient woodland and is a haven during the summer months for beautiful clouds of our more common butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies which all tend to come out for some truly superb views. There are emperor dragonflies, black-tailed skimmers, southern hawkers and beautiful demoiselles which can also be seen darting overhead in large numbers - their striking colour combinations can make for impressive aerial displays. There should also be a good variety of garden and woodland birds, plus hopefully, one or two summer rarities'. So, do join us if you can, as this field trip should prove breathtakingly beautiful.

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590672057

E-mail: newforestgroup@rspb.org.uk

September 2020

Fri
4

Testwood Lakes

Location: Park in the reserve's car park (SU 344 155)

Testwood Lakes is a wonderful nature reserve to visit with the family. The great variety of birdlife to which Testwood Lakes plays host to, can be viewed from two strategically placed hides and there's usually something to be seen all year round. Lapwings, oyster catchers and great crested grebes feed and roost on the lakes. There are rolled gravel paths around the reserve and there is also an Education Centre, which is fully equipped with toilets and baby changing facilities. The reserve is owned by Southern Water and is managed by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590672057

E-mail: newforestgroup@rspb.org.uk

Wed
9

Is the Globe Still Working? (The Wonder of Migration) - Dr Andre Farrer

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main car park, off High Street, Lyndhurst
Postcode: SO43 7NY (Google map)

A fascinating talk to be given by Dr Andre Farrer, who leads the RSPB media team and develops the many campaigns that feature throughout the course of the year.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 for Non-Members and £3.00 for RSPB Group Members

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: newforestgroup@rspb.org.uk

Sat
26

Keyhaven Marshes

Location: Meet on the sea wall by Keyhaven Harbour (SZ 306 915)

Another field trip to Keyhaven Marshes, to observe the many different species of waders that frequent this wonderful area, although this time, we plan to visit relatively early in the morning. Keyhaven, along with Lymington Marshes forms a local nature reserve which is an area of coastal grazing marsh. Jointly, they lie between the town of Lymington and the coastal village of Keyhaven. Hampshire County Council began purchasing the area in 1974 when it bought Normandy Farm. Pennington Marshes were bought in 1979 followed in 1984 by Keyhaven Marshes. This far-sighted policy was a response to the rapid rate of development and loss of habitat in previous decades, and the area offers up terrific views of many of our UK waders and water birds.

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590672057

E-mail: newforestgroup@rspb.org.uk