Winchester Group's favourite bird watching sites

The places listed and described here are the regular sites that we visit. We give an indication of opening times, charges, etc. but you should check the linked websites for up to date information. Tide times should also be checked for any tidal locations to achieve the best experience. Places are grouped by area so that you can plan to visit more than one site. A summary sheet is also given which includes distances, habitats and time of year usually visited plus useful links including to tide tables, other local organisations operating reserves, birding groups and sightings etc.

Browse by category

All
  • All
Courtesy of Dianne Watkins
Warsash

Winnall Moors

This wetland reserve, very close to the city centre, comprises a chalk stream, wildflower-rich meadow, pasture and woodland. It is home to reed warbler, sedge warbler, chiffchaff, kingfisher and grey wagtail.

LWP Featured image
Courtesy of Dianne Watkins
Wye Valley
Attached to:  LWP Oliver’s Battery and Yew Hill Butterfly Reserve

Oliver’s Battery

A walk around the Oliver’s Battery Conservation Area and local ancient chalk downland including Yew Hill Butterfly Reserve and open semi-improved grassland.

Gallery image - trip report blog post, Visitor photo and LWP post
Courtesy of Dianne Watkins
Kings Worthy
Attached to:  Blog post: May 2023 Walks – A selection of Photos and Kings Worthy LWP

Kings Worthy

A walk through woodland along the old railway line, through pasture and farmland on public footpaths to the north of Kings Worthy.

Featured image
Courtesy of Dianne Watkins
Avington area
Attached to: Local wild place post: Avington area

Avington area

A pleasant walk around parkland, woods and grassland near Avington Park in the Itchen Valley, starting with views overlooking the park’s lake.

Header and Featured image
Courtesy of Dianne Watkins
Parnholt Wood, Farley Mount
Attached to: Header (gallery) for LWP page and LWP: Farley Mount and News post:  Nature’s Calendar: May

Farley Mount

Farley Mount is a large area of open chalk downland and woodland to the west of Winchester.

Header image, LWP Featured Image
Courtesy of Dianne Watkins
Steart Marshes, Somerset
Header (gallery) image on Home page, LWP Cranbury Park area, Otterbourne Featured Image

Cranbury Park area, Otterbourne

A walk through woods and farmland with a small lake, good for birds of prey and woodland birds including hawfinch.

Visitor photo and LWP post, LWP Featured image
Courtesy of Dianne Watkins
Alresford Watercress Beds
Attached to:  LWP post Alresford Watercress Beds

Alresford Watercress Beds

A circular walk from Alresford can encompass Old Alresford Pond (geese, ducks and gulls), the watercress beds which attract water pipit and migrant green sandpiper), river and country lanes.

Visitor photo and LWP post
Courtesy of Dianne Watkins
Cheriton
Attached to:  LWP post Cheriton

Cheriton

A walk of about 4 miles in the countryside around the village of Cheriton following public footpaths near the source of the River Itchen.