Portsdown Hill Countryside Service

Wednesday Workdays

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Volunteers meet every Wednesday to help with a variety of essential maintenance tasks, including fencing, scrub cutting, hedgelaying and hedge planting. Meet at the East gate of Fort Widley at 10am. Tasks end at about 3pm, so bring lunch if you can stay all day. You are welcome to come for as long as you can manage. Volunteers also help out at other times, with unpredictable jobs or ones which just require an extra pair of hands.
If you wish to join us on Wednesdays or at any other time, please first e-mail Richard Jones or phone him on 023 9238 9623.

Guided Walks 2018

Please wear walking boots and don't forget your waterproofs. You may wish to bring something to eat and drink. Children and dogs are welcome. Meet at the East Gate of Fort Widley.

Birds and Bees?

Tuesday 27th February
10am - 1pm. We are on the look out for late winter birds and perhaps the first bees of spring.

Hello Spring

Tuesday 10th April
10am - 1pm. We will head off over the hill and down the lanes in search of environmental interest whilst taking a bracing walk.

Flowers and insects

Tuesday 26th June
10am - 1pm. The flowers and insects of summer should be on display. We will take a wander over the hill in search of them.

Friends of Portsdown Hill

The February 2018 newsletter is available here as a PDF.

Evening Talks, 2017-18

Between October and April we have meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at the Church of the Resurrection hall, Brecon Avenue, Drayton, PO6 2AW, starting at 7.45pm.
We try to present an interesting range of talks with both local and not-so-local themes, covering wildlife, history, geology and anything else that we come across. The entrance fee is £2 including refreshments.
The next talk is on .

The Spirit of Paulsgrove

11th October
A talk by Bethany Joyce about the life of our neighbouring estate.

Confessions of a Weatherman

8th November
Ian Hurst's passion for weather!

The South Downs Dark Sky Reserve

13th December
Dan Oakley will be explaining the concept and development of this reserve. Followed as always by seasonal refreshments.

Bird Aware Solent

10th January
Patrick Styles will tell us about this project to inform the public about our local shore birds and sea birds.

Wildlife Trust update

14th February
Hazel Fotheringham from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will give us a flavour of the many activities that the Trust is engaged in.

Water Voles in the Meon Valley

14th March
Elaina Whittaker-Slark has been running a successful programme to re-introduce Water Voles.

AGM and Annual Review

11th April
The Friend's Annual General Meeting will be followed by a presentation from Richard Jones on what's been happening on the hill. There is no charge this evening.