Alton Natural History Society

Welcome to Alton Natural History Society. 

Alton Natural History has been running for over 50 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. In fact - anything which moves and most things which don't. 

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 now has a nesting pair of Herons and is a regular site for Kingfishers and Little Grebes. Even a walk through Alton's industrial estate provides a range of wildlife interest with a flock of 100 or more Pied Wagtails roosting there in winter . The whitebeam tree outside WH Smith has even held Waxwings feeding on the berries. But don't tell everyone...

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Winter 2018/2019 Programme

11/05/2018 19:27
Winter 2018/2019 Programme   All indoor Events...

Summer 2018 Programme

03/18/2018 09:30

Changes to winter programmes - no meeting 2 March 2018

02/26/2018 16:06
The meeting of 2 March 2018 is cancelled due to speaker...

Winter Programme 2017/2018

10/21/2017 16:31

Possible Iberian Chiffchaff at Shortheath

04/13/2017 20:42
15 April: the jury is still out on this bird ! I have had...

Summer Programmer 2017

04/04/2017 19:23
SUMMER PROGRAMME 2017   29th Apr Sat Burkham...

Winter Programme 2016/2017

11/10/2016 19:49

Additional Summer Walk - Isington Thursday 8th September 2016 with back-up of 15th Sept. if wet.

08/01/2016 19:21
Froyle Wildlife’ farm walk for Thursday 8th September...

Summer Programme 2016

03/28/2016 09:42
SUMMER PROGRAMME 2016     16th Apr Sat...


10/19/2015 19:41
The 2015/2016 Winter Programme is published.  Note...
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