Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust South Down Group

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust South Down Group

Role Name
Chairman Peter Leversha
Treasurer Deryn Hawkins
Membership Sylvia Leversha
Newsletter John Vigay
Member Mike Ashton
Member Anne Dale

Purpose and Aims of the Group

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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Talks and Speakers

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.

Year Spring Summer Autumn
2013 Newsletter 46 Newsletter 47 Newsletter 48
2014 Newsletter 49A Newsletter 49B Newsletter 50
2015 Newsletter 51 Newsletter 52 Newsletter 53
2016 Newsletter 54 Newsletter 55
The Hall has a large car park behind the building at the end of the drive that runs down the left side of the Church.

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.

The Trust will have their 'Shop in a box' on display at the meetings on 18th October and 15th November where you can buy Christmas Cards, Calendars, Cosmetics and soft toys with a free 'Save our Seas' shopping bag with each purchase. So if you have any spare cash including old £1 coins you cannot spend anymore please support the Trust by buying something. We will also be happy to take your old £1 coins in our ‘Quid for a Squid’ campaign to help raise funds for the Solent.


18th October 2017: Secrets of the Solent

Owain Masters will give a Talk about the Trust's Marine Team's project describing how they work with communities and sea-users to promote the network of marine protected areas and safeguard our local seas. Find out how you can get involved in helping to enhance our local marine life. More details about the Talk are shown on this Poster.

15th November 2017: The return of one of our favourite river inhabitants

Elaina Whittaker-Slark, the Lead Ranger (Western Downs) will give a Talk about the South Down National Park programme to reintroduce the Water Vole population into the River Meon, which have been devastated by predators, mainly the American Mink. Learn how we can assist with the project to protect these river bank creatures.

17th January 2018: Butterflies ot the Meon Valley

Butterfly Conservation expert Ashley Whitlock will present a illustrated talk about the Butterflies of Meon Valley
Wild Flowers

21st February 2018: A colourful presentation of birds photographed around the world

Wildlife enthusiasts Deryn Hawkins and Alan Key would like to share their images from many years photographing wildlife including our 'feathered friends' in locations including Asia, Africa, South and Central America.

21st March 2018: Urban Wildlife and its Conservation

Well known Trust ecologist Dr David Rumble will present an illustrated talk on the importance of raising local awareness and involvement in Biodiversity conservation.

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.


Walks are arranged in our area for the summer months by members of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Details of next summer's walks will be shown on this page as soon as they are known.

Further Information

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.

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