Alton Natural History has been running for over 70 years. Indoor meetings are held every two weeks in the winter months, on Friday evenings at 19:30. We meet at the Friends Meeting House, Church Street, Alton, Hampshire GU34 2DA.
A full programme of Field Meetings is held from Spring to Autumn, with a few meetings in the winter as well. These are typically fairly close to Alton and cover a wide range of interests including Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Flowers and Botany, Fungi. Annual events include a summer moth morning and an autumnal Fungus Foray. Most years we will hold a dusk meeting in search of Nightjars and Woodcock (while trying to dodge the mosquitos).
We publish an annual report on our activities and local wildlife sightings which is free to members (one copy per household).
We monitor local planning applications and try to ensure that consideration is made for wildlife and the environment.
We have a wide range of members ranging from those with a general interest in wildlife to those who have a genuine expertise. We are in in a wonderful area of Hampshire for wildlife. We have nationally important nature reserves such as Noar Hill,and a wide mix of habitats including the superb heathlands of Woolmer and Longmoor and other lesser-known sites in the Bordon area. There are terrific dragonfly sites such as Shortheath and Kingsley Ponds, with Tundry Pond and the Farnborough area having a different range of species. The Itchen still has Water Vole, while Alresford Pond carries a wide range of waterfowl and gulls, including Shelduck and Cettis Warbler all year round. More locally, Ackender and Chawton Park woods have interesting birds, butterflies and plants. The A31 Alton bypass has hundreds of Pyramidal Orchids and smaller numbers of Common Spotted Orchids, and there are several Bee Orchid sites. The River Wey now holds regular Little Egrets, and there are occasional otter sightings. Kings Pond in Alton has nesting Herons and Little Grebes and is a regular site for Kingfishers. Even a walk through Alton's industrial estate provides a range of wildlife interest with a flock of 100 or more Pied Wagtails sometimes roosting there in winter - unless they are in the High Street oustide M&S !. The whitebeam tree outside WH Smith has even held Waxwings feeding on the berries. But don't tell everyone...
If you are interested in joining then come along to any indoor or outdoor meeting without obligation, or contact us via the contact section on this web-site.
This web site replaces that at https://www.communigate.co.uk/hants/altonnaturalhistory/
The annual subscription for full membership is £10.00
For others at same address, regardless of age £4.00
To join the society, download and fill in the following form or contact bring it along with you to to an indoor meeting. Alternatively contact us using the contact form on this web-site and we will send you the postal address.