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Wildlife of the Hampshire Downs

Tour Code: GBR01

A natural history weekend exploring the chalk habitats of Hampshire.

3 days from £350(flights not included) Land Only Price: £0 SRS: £55


Chalk downland is a habitat of poor soil and this characteristic ensures that no single species can become dominant, and that a large number of species occurs. Indeed, chalk downland represents some of the finest plant habitat in Britain, and the Hampshire chalk downs are one of the best examples in the country. From our base in the market town of Alton we’ll go in search of a wide variety of plant species, many nationally uncommon and rare, as well as butterflies. Our aim is to gain a better understanding of the ecology of the chalk, and to explore some of the finest examples of chalk downland, plus yew and beech woodland, looking for plants and their attendant insect life.

  • Musk, Fly, Pyramidal, Frog & Twayblade Orchids at Noar Hill
  • Lesser Whitethroat, Yellowhammer & Turtle Dove
  • Butterflies, including many ‘blues’
  • Round-headed Rampion, Yellow-wort, Kidney & Horseshoe Vetches
  • Fragrant & Great Butterfly Orchids at the National Nature Reserve
  • White & Green-flowered Helleborines among Beech wood tracts
  • Hobby, Cuckoo, partridges & woodpeckers
  • Led by expert botanist guide

Food

Breakfast and evening meals included. Allow around £10 per day for a pub lunch.

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel in Alton. All rooms have private facilities.

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Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Meet in Alton for evening meal. Excursion after dinner

Day 2 Noar Hill and Old Winchester Hill

Day 3 Selborne area. Depart for home mid-afternoon

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J.C.
Buckinghamshire
There were just two of us on this trip so it felt like a personal tour guide. Jon tailored it very much to our interests. The whole trip was fun, entertaining, informative and I really enjoyed it. We saw half the orchid species in the UK, in just two days. Great descriptions of landforms. Jon's enthusiasm for this area was really lovely and what made the trip.
H.P.
Hampshire
Jon Stokes was brilliant, very informative on all aspects of wildlife. All in all, an amazing weekend and I am a very happy customer.
M.N.
London
Leader Jon Stokes was excellent. His enthusiasm and knowledge of whatever we were looking at, or spotted, has certainly broadened my interest in natural history and made the weekend a treat.
Mrs W.
Nottinghamshire
Particularly enjoyed John's up-beat company…charismatic and extremely generous with his knowledge, I would recommend John as a group leader
D.H.
Essex
The leader had a high level of enthusiasm combined with very broad range of natural history and local knowledge.
S P.
Sussex
Leader, Jon Stokes, was superb. Very informative, great deal of knowledge about subjects and localities, very pleasant and helpful.
G.H.
Essex
Jon Stokes was a first rate leader with the ability to share his enthusiasm with us. His knowledge was extensive and he was able to make sure all the group were able to satisfy their interests. I would certainly recommend him.
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Fri 15th June 2018 - Sun 17th June 2018

6

£350

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Tour Reviews

There were just two of us on this trip so it felt like a personal tour guide. Jon tailored it very much to our interests. The whole trip was fun, entertaining, informative and I really enjoyed it. We saw half the orchid species in the UK, in just two days. Great descriptions of landforms. Jon's enthusiasm for this area was really lovely and what made the trip.
J.C., Buckinghamshire