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.

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.

Harvest amble

Thursday 2nd August
10am Ė 3pm. Our annual excursion in the form of a lengthy walk over the hill and back through Southwick.

Berried treasure

Tuesday 9th October
10am - 1pm. The hillís bushes will be festooned with berries and other fruit, will shall be out taking a look.

Friends of Portsdown Hill

The May 2018 newsletter is available here as a PDF.

Evening Talks, 2018-19

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 .

To be announced

10th October


14th November
A talk by Roy Godfrey

To be announced

12th December
A talk, followed as always by seasonal refreshments.

To be announced

9th January

To be announced

13th February


13th March
Nik Knight returns to update us with observations from the world of bats.

AGM and Annual Review

10th 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.