THIS LIST IS NATIONAL & HAMPSHIRE - (ALL PERSONALLY RECOMMENDED)

BUT FROM OCT 2012 WILL ADD DORSET SITES - FOR ALL CATEGORIES YOU SHOULD FIND THE EQUIVALENT FOR YOUR COUNTY & LOCALITY

Groups, Organisatons and links

Bournemouth Natural Science Society - http://www.bnss.org.uk/

Bournemouth Naturally - http://www.bnss.org.uk/bournemouth-naturally

HOS: www.hos.org.uk/ (Personally highly recommended

(Or search Ornithological Society preceded by your county))

RSPB: www.rspb.org.uk/

Portsmouth RSPB: Gordon Humby – 023 9235 3949

Chichester RSPB: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/chichester/about/

BTO: www.bto.org/ 01842 750050

Wildlife Trusts: www.wildlifetrusts.org/ 0870 036 7711

(HAVANT HAYLING & EMSWORTH DISTRICT): Nigel Johnson – 01489 877324

PETERSFELD WILDLIFE GROUP: Cliff and Jill Oakley - 01730 266392

Southampton: http://sotonnhs.org/index.asp

HOSLIST: www.hos.org.uk/hoslist.html (You do not have to be a member)

BROOKS MEADOW: www.hants.org.uk/brook-meadow/

BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION: http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/

NATIONAL TRUST: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/

BIRDGUIDES: www.birdguides.com/ (Will instantly email or text bird sightings)

Wetland Centres: 9 centres in the UK, one of the best places to start birdwatching and recognising birds, suitable for all, experts to novice and ages from baby Robert to Great Grandma Agie. Started by Sir Peter Scott at Slimbridge, we have Arundel as our closest. www.wwt.org.uk/

Southampton & District Bird Group
Chairman Maggi Short
Membership Secretary Dave Holloway 02380 781368
Indoor meetings held second Friday evening monthly during winter at Hounsdown Community Hall, Hounsdown, Totton. Program of well known speakers etc.
Outdoor walks the last sunday of each month throughout the year and second friday evening each month from May till August.

Aigas Scottish Field Centre: www.aigas.co.uk/ (Personally recommended)

Also:

www.heatherlea.co.uk/

www.speysidewildlife.co.uk/

Everything to do with astronomy: www.astronomyforbeginners.com/

Clanfield Observatory:www.hantsastro.org.uk/

Chichester Planetarium: www.southdowns.org.uk/sdpt/

WALKS & TALKS

Discover your local groups from the internet, library, Tourist Information, or newspapers. Every area of Britain will have guided walks. Areas will have local RSPB groups and each county Wildlife Trust wlaks and events galore.

Most of the organisations detailed above will issue a booklet of guided walks.

MAGAZINES

THE SKY AT NIGHT: Monthly (Recommended)

BBC WILDLIFE: Monthly (Recommended)

 

BOOKS

This is simply a personal list of recommended books, everyone will have a different selection (except I have good taste). All of these are easy reads, (or as simple as the subject permits) with either beautiful illustrations or flowing prose. There are thousands of reference books to choose from .Any biography of Charles Darwin, and the exciting trip on the Beagle, could not be written in a boring fashion. The stories of our great explorers, such as Alfred Russel Wallace, plant hunters such as Joseph Banks, (the formative originator of Kew) on his voyage with James Cook; perhaps it’s better to go to a bookshop and browse. Far better, to curl up with a good book or magazine than doing anything energetic

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Collins Flower Guide - David Streeter, Chrtsina Hart-Davies and 3 other illustrators (Beautiful and highly recommended)

Collins Bird Guide: 4 artists and writers, produced this book of every European bird, the bible of serious birdwatchers. For beginners or those content enough to just study their gardens, buy a simpler book of British birds, any with large colour prints.

The Wildlife Of Hayling Island: Pete Durnell and John Walters - Hayling Island Bookshop. Describes the geology, tells you where to go, when, what you will see. Hayling Island Bookshop, 34 Mengeham Road (02392 466620) (Highly recommended)

A Short History of Nearly Everything: Bill Bryson. Research is continuing to discover a subject where this bestselling authoris unable to be entertaining whilst Informative. This tour-de-force of a book describes the science of the natural world.

Britain’s Butterflies: David Tomlinson and Rob Still. Simple layout tells and shows you everything you need to know about identification, lifestyle, habitat and when and where to find all of the species.

Any book by the late artist Gordon Beningfield. Captures the character of Britsih landscape, flora and fauna better than any photogragh.

Wildings The secret Garden of Eillen Soper: Duff Hart-Davis. Superbly illustrated book , tells the story of eccentric sisters.

Field Guide to the Animals of Britain: Readers Digest

Wild Flowers of Britain & Ireland: Marjorie Blamey, Richard Fitter, Alastair Fitter

‘Guide to the Butterflies of Britiain’ This laminated field guide, shows all butterflies, drawn to life size. Can be purchased from Butterfly Conservation

Finding Birds in Britain: Lee G R Evans

Nature Reserves Guide: – The Wildlife Trusts. The top 200 sites – all with maps

Wildlife & Wild Places – Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust: Full colour book with maps of 42 sites. Available from most counties.

RSPB Nature Reserves: Edited by Nicholas Hammond

Best Birdwatching Sites in the Scottish Highlands: Gordon Hamlett

The Dragonflies of Hampshire: Various authors

Creating A Wild Flower Garden: Anthony Huxley

Creating a butterfly Garden: E.J.M. Warren

Astronomy The Definitive Guide: Robert Burnham, Alan Dyer, Jeff Kanipe

Any of 70 books by Patrick Moore.

King Solomon’s Ring: Lorenz (Classic Book on animal behaviour)

The Natural History of Selbourne: Gilbert White (Classic- First published 1789)

Song of the Rolling Earth: John Lister-Kaye - Story of the Highlands and the first Scottish field centre (Highly recommended)

Come Down to the Wood: Judith Bromley – A year in a woodland

Chichester Harbour – A History: John Reger

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