The South Down Group holds talks and publishes a newsletter about environmental matters for members of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust ('HIWWT') and other people interested in local wildlife and the natural environment in the area between Petersfield and Portsdown Hill. Details of our forthcoming Talks are shown below and the Newsletters that the Group has issued since 2013 can be read by clicking on the titles in the table below.
The Groups activities are organised and managed by the Committee whose members and roles are shown in the table on the left of the screen. We will need to appoint a new Chairman in March 2018 to succeed Peter Leversha who with his wife Sylvia will be retiring at that time. Peter and Sylvia will also be leaving the Committee which means that we need new members to join it to ensure that we have enough people to run the Group effectively. The Committee's duties are not onerous, involving three Committee Meetings each year and organising the monthly Talks and booking the Speakers. Peter's successor will need to be someone with knowledge of the workings of the Committee and so anyone who considers joining the Committee need not be concerned that they would be expected to take on this role.
Please contact any member of the Committee if you would be interested in joining it or want more details about what it would involve. You can do this either by sending them an email by clicking on their name in the table on the left of the screen or speaking to them at our next Monthly Meeting in January.
Our Talks 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. They are usually given by a visiting speaker and they are held each month 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. 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 had their 'Shop in a box' on display at the meetings on 18th October and 15th November where you could buy Christmas Cards, Calendars, Cosmetics and soft toys with a free 'Save our Seas' shopping bag with each purchase.
|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|
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.
If you have any comments about this webpage or think that anything should be added or changed please email the webmaster.
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.