Saturday, 21 December 2013

Work Programme for 2014 for the Anton River Conservation Association

Set out below are details of the 2014 programme for the Anton River Conservation Association. You can find out more details about them at their website at

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Clean up in Southampton thanks to Chapter 1!

Our friends at the Chapter 1 charity in Southampton braved the elements this weekend to carry out a litter pick and clean up in the Portswood area.  After only an hour or so they had made a big difference and cleaned up lots of rubbish.  We're grateful to them for providing a couple of photos of them from the day.

For more information on them please check out their website:

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Chapter 1 - Litter Pick and Clean up in Southampton on Saturday 2nd November

Chapter 1, a community group, are meeting at 1pm on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at Kingsley House, 64, Alma Rd, Portswood, Southampton for a litter pick and clean up. They will work along Alma Rd to Portswood Rd. If they have enough volunteers then another group could work along Gordon Ave to Portswood Rd. They will then go up the main road and finish off around the car park and recycling area in Westridge Rd.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Green Hampshire - Annual General Meeting

Our wonderful hosts Plug And Play Southampton  very kindly welcomed us to their offices so we could hold our Annual General Meeting for 2013.

Signing up the constitution!
We were there to sign up the new constitution for Green Hampshire and discuss our future plans.

Green Hampshire is for promoting conservation and environmental events in Hampshire and if you know of one please pass on the details to us at so we can help spread the word!  

Sunday, 8 September 2013

The Hawk Conservancy, near Andover

We paid a Sunday visit to the Hawk Conservancy near Andover. I’d only heard of it relatively recently and wanted to see what they had there and learn more about their work and the birds they care for.

I’m pleased to report that it is a wonderful place and impressed all of us.  The grounds and the buildings are well set out and the staff made us feel welcome. A well stocked and attractive shop leads into the Conservancy itself.  The visitor can wander around at leisure and have a look at a wide range of birds of prey including several different types of vultures, falcons, eagles and owls.  Such a wide range of birds brings home the wonderful diversity of nature and makes clear the range of different types across the world.

In particular, the Bald Eagle was beautifully striking and the Pygmy Owl had a cute, meticulous look to it.  The Conservancy has recently been highlighting the importance of vultures and is doing a good job of unseating our preconceptions of these creatures.  Their size and wingspan impressed me. 

Bald Eagle
One of the highlights of our visit was a flying display in which the keepers allowed some of the birds to show off.  We were ushered in and soon one of the owls was circling around gracefully but with a distinctly predatory sense of menace. Having normally only seen owls perching calmly on an upturned log, it was something of a shock to see it undertaking a hunting swoop low over the audience. At one point, my four year old son gave a little cry, as young children will do from time to time, and instantly the owl looked round at him, a fierce intensity to its stare. Breathtaking.

Later the Secretarybird was lead out. We had seen this in its hide shortly before and it looked somewhat ungainly, a long, lolloping walk on its crane like legs.  The keeper this time had a rubber snake attached to a lead and the Secretarybird sought to attack it. Gone was the peculiar and unlikely creature from before. Now, like all living things, the excellence with which it had evolved was obvious as it deployed its tactics of kicking and clawing at the snake.  The display also included a vulture who was new to the business and learning his way and a veteran golden eagle whose sense of understated majesty and confidence was like a throwback to an ancient age of heroes. At times the birds flew so close over the heads of the audience we were warned to duck and at others they landed on perches so close they were near enough almost to touch.

Secretarybird attacks!

The keeper who narrated for the benefit of the audience was not only informative and humorous but also bought us into the lives and the world of the birds of prey. The affection they had for the birds that they worked with shone through. Thrilling yet at other times funny, especially for the children, the display was a very memorable experience.

Two (or maybe three!) visitors outside one of the Vulture enclosures
The work at the Hawk Conservancy is so valuable in assisting with the survival of these species.  They are also involved in rehabilitating injured birds and in education. Their respectable restaurant also sells good food.  It had been a wonderful visit and I would strongly recommend it as an enjoyable day out.  There is more information at their website at  The Conservancy is on Sarsons Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire SP11 8DY.

A Hawk Conservancy cappuccino!

Portsmouth Summer Fair - 21st September!

Mayfield Park, Southampton - well worth a visit!

Mayfield Park is a beautiful area on the eastern side of Southampton. Owned by Southampton City Council, it contains some well maintained gardens, woodland walks and long lawns to happily enjoy.  The gardens contain many large trees and Victorian style flower beds.

The ornamental gardens at Mayfield Park, Southampton

It has a long history dating back to shortly before World War 2 and was formerly the grounds of Mayfield House, built in 1854. 

The park is known for its imposing Obelisk, which commemorates the political leader from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Charles Fox.  Mayfield Nursery, a bowling green, a children’s playground and football playing fields can all be found here so there’s much to see and do. 

The obelisk in remembrance of Charles Fox at Mayfield Park, Southampton
It is a beautiful area with much to recommend it and well worth a visit.  It can be found at Wrights Hill, Weston, Southampton SO19 9HL.

An Introductory Post!

Green Hampshire is a community group enthusiastic about the idea of using the internet and social media in particular to share information about conservation and environmental events and organisations in Hampshire. There's so much interest in getting involved and Green Hampshire's aim is to make it easy to find information about what is going on and where.

Our website is at :

Green Hampshire is very active on twitter and you can find us here: and you can tweet us @GreenHampshire

We're also very active on facebook at

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Green Hampshire is for getting the word out about events so that more of the enormous amount of interest and passion for nature and the environment can get to work.  If you are running an event or organisation and want to be featured please email me at as I would love to hear from you!

The idea of this blog is to showcase and profile some of the events, the places and the groups involved in this field.  Green Hampshire takes a broad approach to the environment and conservation so there will be a lot of diversity on the subjects covered.  Thanks for taking an interest and I hope you find something that might interest you enough to get involved.