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Birding Hampshire

Hampshire is a large county in the south of England, overlooking The Solent, with a large number of outstanding birdwatching habitats, including ancient woodlands, chalk grassland, lowland heath, river valleys, lakes, reed-beds, coastal grazing marshes and inter-tidal mudflats. The only habitats it lacks are uplands and cliffs.

The New Forest, with its pasture, woodland and heaths, is particularly noted for breeding raptors, such as, Hobby, and Honey Buzzard, and passerines, such as, Wood Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Redstart and Stonechat. As well as over wintering Hen Harrier and regular Great Grey Shrike.

Hampshire's coastline supports substantial colonies of breeding Black-headed Gulls, Sandwich Terns and Little Terns, and in winter, the harbours are taken over by vast numbers of migratory waders and wildfowl, including internationally significant numbers of Brent Geese, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit and many other species.

Keyhaven and Farlington Marshes are noteworthy for scarce migrants. Over wintering Bewick's Swans and Gadwall are but two of the many wildfowl that over winter in the Avon Valley and the adjacent Blashford Lakes.

Finally, up to 15 percent of the British population of Stone Curlews still breed on the chalk uplands, despite ever-encroaching farming operations.


County Recorder

Keith Betton

8 Dukes Close, Folly Hill, Farnham, Surrey GU9 0DR

01252 724068


Number of Species

Number of bird species: 364

Useful Reading

Birds of Hampshire: A Checklist

Alan Cox, John Clark and John Eyre | Hampshire Ornithological Society | Paperback | May 2009 |

ISBN: #224461

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Hampshire Bird Atlas 2007-2012

Paperback | Dec 2015 | Hampshire Ornithological Society | John Eyre (Editor) | 448 pages

ISBN: 9780956771261

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Hampshire Bird Report 2016

Hampshire Ornithological Society | Nov 2017 | Paperback | 264 pages

ISBN: 9780956771292

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Where to Watch Birds in Dorset, Hampshire & The Isle of Wight

G Green & M Cade, (Christopher Helm) 2010 4th Edition

ISBN: 9780713688139

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Forums & Mailing Lists


Mailing List

To post to list: hoslist@yahoogroups.com

List contact: hoslist-owner@yahoogroups.com

To subscribe to list: hoslist-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

This list is intended for the discussion of all aspects of birdwatching in Hampshire (UK). The list complements the website of the Hampshire Ornithological Society.

Guides & Tour Operators

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Birding Pal


Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Oriole Birding - Hampshire & Dorset - Summer Wildlife


Date: 12th - 16th August 2018 [SPACES] - Leaders: Jason Moss & Adrian Riley

Swallow Birding

Tour Operator

On Swallow Birding trips we are enthusiastic, relaxed, friendly and fun. Small groups mean Leader Steve Grimwade can give the time and attention necessary to make your trip a great birding experience!

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Places to Stay

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Crowberry Lodge B&B - Hayling Island


Carole and John welcome you to Hayling Island and Crowberry Lodge. We go to great lengths to ensure your stay is comfortable, enjoyable and excellent value for money. Located on the popular west side of Hayling Island and just a 10 minute walk to the beach, Crowberry Lodge is the ideal base whether you want a relaxing holiday, successful business trip or an adrenalin packed weekend…

Langstone Hotel - Hayling Island


The Langstone Hotel is located just 8 miles from Portsmouth, outside of Havant on the northern shore of Hayling Island. Overlooking the Langstone Estuary and Harbour, yet close to major road networks the Langstone Hotel is the perfect place for a short break…

St. John's B&B - Hayling Island


St. John's Bed and Breakfast and Half Board Accommodation at Hayling Island, Hampshire, UK. Popular with birdwatchers - Perfect for a weekend or short break, or a relaxing holiday on the South Coast of England…


Hampshire Ornithological Society


The Hampshire Ornithological Society records and publishes information about wild birds in the county of Hampshire, England. This web site is for members and potential members of HOS. Hopefully, visitors to Hampshire will also find it useful…

Hampshire Wildlife Trust


We are the leading local wildlife conservation charity in Hampshire. The Trust seeks to increase people’s involvement in their local environment and in turn achieve better conditions for wildlife. We care for over 60 wildlife reserves – more than 6,500 acres of valuable wildlife habitat – and by providing volunteering, education and training opportunities, we enable individuals and communities to provide sustained benefit to these essential wild places.

RSPB North East Hants Group


We are an active group with a membership of more than 250 and have a varied programme of events throughout the year.

RSPB Basingstoke Local Group


This is the website of the Basingstoke Local Group. RSPB local groups are a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people in your area while learning more about birds and wildlife.

RSPB New Forest Local Group


We are an active local RSPB group covering the whole of the New Forest and neighbouring areas in Hampshire & Dorset. We have an extensive programme of walks throughout the year, plus monthly meetings ( 2nd Wednesday each month) in Lyndhurst Village Hall. Members and non-members welcome…

RSPB Portsmouth Local Group


This is the website of the Portsmouth Local Group. RSPB local groups are a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people in your area while learning more about birds and wildlife.

RSPB Winchester Members Group


I am delighted that you have chosen to visit the WWEB page devoted to the activities of the Winchester & District RSPB Members Group. I would like to extend an invitation to you to join the (you must be an RSPB member to join.) We raise money for the conservation and protection work of the RSPB, promote the work of the RSPB, and learn more about conservation and birds. Membership is open to all members of the RSPB upon payment of a small annual subscription…

The Hawk Conservancy Trust


Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire. SP11 8DY, UK Tel: +44 (0) 1264 773850. Fax: +44 (0) 1264 773772. Email info@hawkconservancy - Conservation - Education - Rehabilitation - Research


Accessible Reserves


Each of the following links lead to a BFA assessment of the reserve by BFA members and others, using the BFA form. ALL types of mobility problem are assumed so there are details of path surfaces, gradients and distances as well as benches and hide details.

Baffins Pond Association


Satellite View

Baffins Pond is very popular with ducks and geese. You can expect to see Canada, Barnacle and Snow Geese, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Muscovy Duck and Swan. You might see Little Grebe, Cormorant and Pochard.

Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve


Satellite View

Blashford Lakes nature reserve has a variety of habitats including ancient woodland, a New Forest stream and alder and willow carr woodland which surround a complex of flooded former gravel working. The reserve, managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, is open 9-4.30 daily with parking, toilets, 6 bird hides and good wheel-chair and push-chair access. There is an Education Centre that caters for school, youth, scouting and adult special interest or community groups throughout the year and a comprehensive programme of guided walks and family events.

Brook Meadow Conservation


Satellite View

Brook Meadow is a lovely wet meadow in Emsworth, a small town in the south east corner of Hampshire in the UK. It consists of 5 acres of grassland, surrounded by woodlands and flanked by two streams…

Chichester Harbour Conservancy


Satellite View

Chichester Harbour Conservancy is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty comprising 11sq miles of water and 11sq miles of land with 17 miles of well marked and lighted channels which, with its easy access to the Solent, makes it an ideal water recreation centre. There are many inter-related activities such as sailing, fishing, walking and wildfowling as well as nearly 9,000 vessels over 3 metres in length, 3,200 moorings, 2,000 berths in four marinas and 14 sailing clubs.

Farlington Marshes


Satellite View

A species-rich grazing marsh of international importance for the waders and wildfowl that it supports.

Hampshire Wildlife Trust Sites


Reserves, pictures etc.

RSPB - Langstone Harbour


Satellite View

Little terns, Mediterranean gulls, ringed plovers and redshanks breed here. In the winter, you can see up to 6,000 brent geese, along with shelducks, teals, dunlins and oystercatchers…

Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve


Satellite View

Owned by Hampshire County Council since 1972, Titchfield Haven opened as a nature reserve in 1976 and gained the status of a National Nature Reserve in 1995. It now covers 350 acres of varied wetland habitats on either side of the River Meon, extending from the village of Titchfield to the shores of the Solent. With hides, paths, great birdwatching and nearby Haven House Visitor Centre, Titchfield Haven is well worth a visit. Over 170 species of birds are recorded at Titchfield Haven every year… disabled access is also highlighted.


A Cracking Pair Of Tits


Martin Clay - Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom - is a 25 year old Graphic Designer, who lives out in the sticks in North West Hampshire, on a small Estate called Apsley. He's lived here since he was about 12 months old. He's pretty lucky to be able to step out of the front gate and have wildlife in every direction…

Ashley's Birding - Ashley Howe


Welcome to my blog, I have put together quick reports of my birding travels across Britain along side photographs - which are slowly improving as with my life list…

BaldMonkeySeenBird - Paul Miller


Alright? my name is Paul i am part of the succesful band Personality Horse. I like seening birds. this is just a log really of what i seen…

Friends of Emsworth Wildlife


…community web site dedicated to the observation, recording and protection of the wildlife of the Emsworth area…

Martin Clay Photography


My photographic wanderings & ramblings around the UK, usually in Hampshire. As and when I get around to writing them up...

Not Your Average Birders


Two birders' big year…

Simon Colenutt - The Deskbound Birder


I began birdwatching at the age of nine when living on the Isle of Wight. After obtaining a copy of the Isle of Wight Bird Report from 1976 I realised that Manx Shearwater, Arctic Skua, Pomarine Skua and Black Tern were regularly seen at St.Catherine's Point, only five miles from my home village of Chale Green.

Solent Birding


A birder's trips around Titchfield Haven, the Solent and beyond - Hi – I’m Amy Robjohns, an ornithologist and environment sciences graduate and birder from Hampshire. I’ve been interested in nature for a long as I can remember, and started birding on and off in 2006. However, it wasn’t until 2013 that I started to go birding much more regularly, and in 2015 began mothing and enjoying other taxa too. I have since spent many happy hours out in the field, particularly at Titchfield Haven (my beloved patch). My blog is about my time spent birding, working/volunteering, as well as my attempt to diversify and learn about other taxa.

The Barley Bird-er


Travel Diaries, Bird Ringing and other Natural History Notes…

The Blue Chaffinch


A BLOG about birds, birdwatching, wildlife and travel… with a good deal of ranting and some photos too…

The Three Amigo


Tony, Mark and Steve, wildlife enthusiasts who met in the Royal Navy blog our collective birding exploits…

Yet Another Birding Blog - Joe Stockwell


22, Assistant Warden at Portland Bird Observatory, Dorset. Birder, Ringer, Wanabee Moth Fiddler... Thought it were about time I put pen to paper again! Grew up In Hampshire, Sold stuff for a living when I left school, now Assistant Warden for PBO, Drink far too much tea, eat too much and don't ride my bike anywhere near often enough... Birding non-stop (mostly) Love finding rare birds, don't like running for them!…

Other Links

Nature in Portsmouth & Havant


A local wildlife magazine focussing on the Havant/Portsmouth area



My free local delivery service applies to all people in the New Forest and Southampton area, with no miniumum purchase, but I am also willing to extend my area to include the whole of Hampshire, East Dorset, West Sussex and South Wiltshire, subject to a minimum order value of £25…

Rod's Home Page - Bird Box Cam


Situated in our back garden in southern Hampshire, England, the box was first occupied in April 2000 by Great Tits.

Street End Feeds UK


Wild bird food direct from the farm. Farm bird feeds include bird seeds, sunflowers, peanuts and fat balls Street End Feeds, Hampshire UK…

The Really Wild Bird Food Company


Welcome! We are the Really Wild Bird Food Company and we are really pleased you have found our website! Please read on to find out about us and our business, and why we are different to other bird seed suppliers…

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - Andy Rouse


Welcome to the Andy Rouse Wildlife Photography website, home to the work of internationally renowned professional photographers, Andy Rouse and T.J. Rich…

Photographer - Chris Packham


Some brilliant images from the much travelled TV presenter and writer…

Photographer - Donna Apsey - Zenfolio


Wonderful bird photos as art…

Photographer - Mike Mockler


Mike Mockler is an award-winning wildlife photographer with many published photographs to his name. His photographs have been used in countless books and magazines around the world, including the front covers. He is a past winner of the “Dusk to Dawn” category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious photography competition. He has also won several highly commended awards in that competition…

Photographer - Mike Read


Mike Read has a stunning collection of wildlife images, and has developed his own evocative style of landscape photography. His photographs are in constant demand, and are published in a growing number of countries around the world. Mike has co-authored and illustrated two books, and is working on more at present. He was the major commissioned photographer for the RSPBs calendar in their Centenary year (1989). Entitled The Heritage of Wild Birds; this calendar was a showcase for Mikes superb wildlife portraits and atmospheric reserve photographs.

Photographer - Peter Olding


Pictures of birds…

Photographer - Richard Ford


This Web site has been created as a place for me to display my wildlife images. Most will be taken with a Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera, in Hampshire or certainly the south of England…