Haslemere Natural History Society

Providing a focus for enthusiastic naturalists of all ages

Field Meeting

Fungus Foray at Waggoners Wells (west end) (National Trust)

Date: 7 October 2023
Time: 10:30
Directions: GR: SU855337 GU26 6DN Meet in the car park. Leave Bramshott village in an easterly direction along Rectory Lane. After about 1km. turn L at the T-junction: car park is at the end of the road.
Leader: Andy Swan (HNHS Member) After a very dry early Autumn, 11 members were pleased to see a good range of boletes, including two with bright red stems: Scarletina and Bitter Beech. Also found were several Russula and Cortinarius species and Otidea onotica which has rabbit-ear shaped cups. The species list numbered 48.The find for […]

Plants, insects and animals on Mare Hill Common, Witley (Waverley Borough Council)

Date: 9 September 2023
Time: 10:30
Directions: GR: SU934399 GU8 5NZ From Haslemere on A286 northwards, through Brook, after 1 mile at crossroads turn R into Mare Hill. Park on L near a barrier or on side of road. Parking limited. Roke Lane.
Leader: Mike Edwards (Entomologist)  Heather and Bell Heather were still in flower and producing nectar for many, very active insects on an extremely hot morning when 11 members met leader Mike Edwards on September 9th. Mike is a professional entomologist, author and an expert on ants, bees and wasps. His identification skills are acute and […]

Bats at Frensham Little Pond (National Trust)

Date: 1 September 2023
Time: 19:15
Directions: GR: SU858417 GU10 3BT Meet at the National Trust car park, parking exemption leaflet will be handed out.
Leader: Martyn Phillis (HNHS Member and Member of Surrey & Sussex Bat Groups) A bright, mild evening after a damp spell brought out the insects to attract our bats. Thirteen members joined Martyn and a Surrey Bat Group volunteer just before sunset.Bat detectors were distributed amongst the group to enable everyone to hear, and perhaps […]

A morning with moths in a HNHS member’s garden.

Date: 12 August 2023
Time: 9:00
Directions: GR: SU945333 GU8 4SW From Haslemere on B2131 past Lythe Hill Hotel, turn L into Killinghurst Lane. After approx.1 mile on R is “June Hill”. Park in drive.
Leader: Andy Swan (HNHS Member) Three light traps with strong UV output (one Mercury vapour light and two “Backlight” tubes) contained more than 64 species which were identified and then released. The site at Killinghurst has produced many rarities in recent years but on this occasion none was found.Nationally Scarce were: Mocha and Four-spotted Footman […]

A morning on Hankley Common, nr. Thursley

Date: 29 July 2023
Time: 10:30
Directions: GR: SU882392 GU10 2LQ From Haslemere at Hindhead go straight across roundabout, in approx. ½ mile turn R. into Tilford Rd and go through Beacon Hill. Continue to Bell & Dragon PH on L, turn R (Thursley Road). Continue approx ¾ mile car park on L.
Leader: Mike Waite (Living Landscapes Manager Surrey Wildlife Trust) 11 members of our Society visited Hankley Common, hoping to see the Great Fox Spider. Mike had spent two years searching for the spider that was thought to be extinct from the common, his hard work paid off. There were high hopes that one might be […]

Butterflies on Magdalen Hill Down, nr. Winchester

Date: 15 July 2023
Time: 11:00
Directions: GR: SU511295 SO21 1HB From Farnham to Winchester A31 take B3404 Alresford Road towards Winchester. On L, at entrance to Magdalen Hill Cemetery, drive to top of track adjacent to the Stonemason's yard (special parking permission).
Leader: Margaret Hibbard (HNHS Member) *** MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER *** Hampshire & Isle of Wight Butterfly Conservation manage this flower-rich grassland on chalk downland. Of the 34 butterfly species recorded it is possible that over 20 species will be there in July.  Bring lunch if you wish to stay on into afternoon.

Pond Dipping at ponds in Plaistow

Date: 17 June 2023
Time: 10:30
Directions: GR: TQ009304 RH14 0NT From Plaistow church continue south along Rickmans Lane for ½ mile and park at “Bramble” on R.
Leader: Katy Ayers (HNHS Member) Although the water level in two ponds was very low an interesting range of species were found.In the more shaded pond there were many Common Newts, large dragonfly larvae, Ramshorn Snails and Pea Mussels.  Hand lenses were used to observe Water Louse and daphnia which had been transferred to white […]

Chalk downland flowers on Pewley Down, Guildford (Managed by Guildford Borough Counciland owned by the people of Guildford)

Date: 3 June 2023
Time: 10:30
Directions: GR: TQ004484 GU4 8AW On A281 just past Shalford (towards Guildford and opposite playing fields), turn R into Pilgrims Way. The Echo Pit car park is a short distance along on R signposted North Downs Way and Chantry Wood.
Leader: Vanessa McClure (HNHS Member and Guildford NHS Member) In continuous sunshine the flowers were superb, including swathes of bright pink Sainfoin and Yellow Rattle. Among many other species identified were: Bulbous Buttercup, Salad Burnett, Common Milkwort and Pyramidal Orchid.Vanessa located yellow spikes of Man Orchid, so called because of 4 spurs from each floret […]

Spring butterflies at Oaken Wood, nr. Plaistow (Butterfly Conservation)

Date: 27 May 2023
Time: 10:30
Directions: GR: SU993330 GU8 4PH From Chiddingfold take minor road Fisher Lane. After entrance to Tugley Wood (on L) continue for ½ mile and park under barrier on R.
Leader: Phil Darley (HNHS member) Thirteen members were not disappointed in the hope of seeing Wood White butterflies, of which at least 15 were flying. Also seen were Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue and many Speckled Yellow Moths.As part of Butterfly Conservation’s Wood White Project over 1,000 plug plants needed as food plants by Wood […]

Botany and Butterflies on Noar Hill, Selborne (Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust)

Date: 13 May 2023
Time: 10:30
Directions: GR: SU742319 GU34 3LW From A3 heading into Selborne, just beyond traffic calming take sharp L turn. Go up hill. Take next L turn. Beyond house on R park on verge. Steep paths.
Leader: Fiona Haynes (Reserves Officer) A Red Kite greeted 17 members at the entrance.  This chalk downland site with 50 former small chalk pits and many old ant hills has SSSI status. Widespread and impressive were Cowslips still in flower.  When the sun broke through several adult Duke of Burgundy butterflies were seen.Also seen or […]
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