The South Down Group holds talks and publishes a newsletter about environmental matters for members of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and other people interested in local wildlife and the natural environment in the area between Petersfield and Portsdown Hill.
The Newsletters that the Group has issued since 2013 can be read by clicking on the titles in the table below.
Please contact any member of the Committee for more information about the Group and its activities as well as how you could get involved. We are always looking for new people to join us and be ready to take over when existing members retire so that the future of the Group can be assured. If you would be interested in joining us please speak a member of the Committee at one of our meetings or walks or send them an email by clicking on their name in the table on the left of the screen.
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Our talks and speakers cover a wide range of topics and are frequently relevant to our changing environment and the challenges the world faces if it is to protect itself for the benefit of all species, including humans.
Our Talks are held monthly on a Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Wilfrid's Church Hall, Padnell Road, Cowplain PO8 8DZ. Padnell Road is opposite the Co-op on London Road in Cowplain and the Hall is about 200 metres along the road on the left.
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There is an admission charge of £3.00 to pay for the Hall and refreshments and non-members are welcome.
There is always an opportunity for questions and discussion about the Talks at the end of the Meeting.
Details of the Talks planned so far for 2017/18 are shown below.
Subjects to be covered by subsequent Talks will be announced as soon as they have been arranged. In the meantime we will welcome any ideas or suggestions for subjects or speakers for future meetings which you can give us by contacting our Chairman either at one of our monthly meetings or at any time by email.
The following walks have been arranged in our area for the summer months by members of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Click on the title of a walk for more information about it. All members are welcome although it is helpful if you can let the leader of the walk know that you will be coming. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
There is no charge for walks but donations to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to go towards habitat and species conservation will be welcome.
For all walks please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather conditions and bring any refreshments you might need. Leaders will endeavour to avoid any hazardous areas but please let them know at the beginning of the walk if you think you might have any problems.
Information about matters related to our activities can be found on the websites listed below.
Clanfield Bluebell Wood
Wildlife in Portsmouth & Havant
The Sustainability Centre
Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre ('HBIC')
The South Down Group works closely with the Horndean Biodiversity Group whose website can be found by clicking on the logo at the bottom of the screen.