Archive of public events organised by the O.B.S.

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Wed 23rdMay 2018

Visit to Kingsclere Estates

Return visit to Kingsclere Estates to see their work on sustainable farming techniques and wildlife.

Tue 1stMay 2018

Birdwatching walk

Joint OBS/RSPB along Court Drove & The Harrow Way, led by Peter Hutchins.

Sun 29thApr 2018

Dawn Chorus Walk

Guided walk led by Peter Hutchins around the Overton area to listen to early morning birdsong. Followed by bacon butty/homemade marmalade on toast breakfast.

Thu 15thMar 2018

Brief AGM followed by Talk on River Test and Itchen Headwaters Partnership

Talk by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, after very brief AGM + Displays, RSPB merchandise.

Sat 3rd Feb 2018

Chalkies work party

Helping Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust maintain this Site of Special Scientific Interest in the parish.

Sun 3rd Dec 2017

Christmas crafts

Making Christmas decorations using materials from local woods and hedges.

Thu 23rd Nov 2017

Kenyan wildlife

Presentation by Richard Genn

Sat 28th Oct 2017

Chalkies work party

Helping Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust maintain this Site of Special Scientific Interest in the parish.

Sun 15th Oct 2017

Fongus foray

Fungus expert Mike Waterman will lead us on a stroll around Overton looking for some of the species of fungi that grow locally.

Tue 5th Sep 2017

Visit to river Test restoration project

Heb Leman, the Environment Agency Project Officer for the Test and Itchen Restoration Strategy, has invited us to join him for a visit to see the work which has been undertaken at Southington over the last year and to discuss the work which will be done this coming autumn.

Sat 8th July 2017

Cut-leaved germander count

Help Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to monitor numbers of this rare plant on one of our local Site of Special Scientific Interest (at Micheldever Spoil Heaps).

Sun 23rd April 2017

Dawn chorus Walk

Guided walk around the Flashetts area led by Peter Hutchins to listen to early morning birdsong. Followed by Breakfast.

Thur 16th March 2017

AGM

AGM followed by talk on "Deer Management" by Martin Heath.

Thur 23rd Feb 2017

The Story of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Wed 18th Jan 2017

Wildlife Film evening

An evening of wildlife films.

Sun 4th Dec 2016

Joint OBS/Hampshire Ornithological Society bird walk.

Sat 26th Nov 2016

Christmas Crafts

Making Christmas decorations using materials from local woods and hedges.

Thur 24th Nov 2016

Kenyan wildlife and development issues

Slide presentation by Richard Genn of the charity Kenya2020 followed by refreshments.

Sun 9th Oct 2016

Conservation Work Party

Help Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust maintain this Site of Special Scientific Interest in the parish.

Sat 8th Oct 2016

Orchard Day Fair

Annual celebration of the community orchard at Overton Hill (near the car park): Apple tasting, cake and apple juice, displays, children's activities... Joint event with the Community Orchard Group.

Sat 9th July 2016

Cut-leaved germander count

Help Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to monitor numbers of this rare plant on one of our local SSSIs (Micheldever Spoil Heaps Site of Special Scientific Interest").

Sun 3rd July 2016

Walking wildlife garden safari

Join us for an afternoon looking at wildlife friendly gardens in Overton followed by tea and cake at Southington. At each of the 6 gardens, the owner will tell the story of how their garden has been created and what wildlife it attracts. The route is approximately 3 miles and will take about 3 hours to complete.

Sun 26th June 2016

Bug Bioblitz and picnic

Celebrate mid-summer at Little Meadow (beyond the cemetery on Kingsclere Rd).

Bring a picnic and join in with wildlife themed games and activities.

Take part in National Insect Week with a bug hunt bio-blitz.

Sun 17th April 2016

Dawn Chorus walk

Guided walk led by Peter Hutchins around Flashetts area to listen to early morning birdsong; Followed by bacon butty / marmelade on toast breakfast in the Community Centre.

Thu 31st March 2016

AGM followed by talk on glow worms.

Fri 4th March 2016

Wildlife Photography

Talk on Wildlife Photography by award winning photographer Tom Way.

Thu 25th February 2016

The World of Fungi

An illustrated talk on the biology and importance to our everyday lives of this unique kingdom given by Stuart Skeates from the Hampshire Fungus Recording Group.

Sat 20th February 2016

Conservation Work Party

Helping Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust maintain this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Sat 28th Nov 2015

Christmas Crafts Workshop

Making Christmas decorations using materials from local woods and hedges.

Sat 7th Nov 2015

"Chalkies" work party

Work party to help Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust maintain this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Sat 25th October 2015

Fongus foray

Fungus expert Mike Waterman leads us on a stroll around Overton looking for some of the species of fungi that grow locally.

Sat 10th October 2015

Orchard Day Fair

Annual celebration of the community orchard at Overton Hill: Apple tasting, cake and apple juice, displays, children's activities... Joint event with the Community Orchard Group.

Sat 18th July 2015

Cut-leaved germander survey

Help Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to monitor numbers of this rare plant on one of our local SSSIs (Micheldever Spoil Heaps Site of Special Scientific Interest).

Thu 25th June 2015

Visit to Kingsclere Estates

Visit to meet Tim May, farm manager and director of Kingclere Estates to see his work on developing sustainable farming systems.

Sat 13th June 2015

Annual OBS Picnic

Bring your own picnic to Little Meadow (Kingsclere Road). Family wildlife activities and games.

Sun 26th April 2015

Dawn chorus walk

Guided walk led by Peter Hutchins around Flashetts area to listen to early morning birdsong; Followed by bacon butty / marmelade on toast breakfast in the Community Centre.

26th March 2015

AGM + "Bumblebees - identification and ecology"

Brief AGM followed by "Bumblebees - identification and ecology" a presentation by Bryan Pinchen.

21st February 2015

Work Party

Work party at "The Chalkies" to remove scrub from this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

16th January 2015

Wildlife Film Evening

An evening of wildlife films including "Grazing Amazing" featuring local farmer Tim May.

6th December 2014

Christmas Crafts Workshop

Join us to make some Christmas decorations using materials from local woods and hedges.

27th November 2014

Problems with Non-native Wildlife

Talk by Alison Cross (Hampshire Wildlife Trust).

22nd November 2014

"The Chalkies" Conservation Work Party

Join us to help Hampshire Wildlife Trust maintain this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

11th October 2014

Orchard Fair

Annual celebration of the community orchard. Apple tasting, cake and vegetable sale, displays, children's activities... Joint event with Community Orchard Group.

12th July 2014

Cut-leaved Germander Survey

Help the Wildlife Trust count flowers at the "Chalkies".

21st June 2014

OBS Midsummer & 10th Anniversary Afternoon

BYO picnic in Little Meadow. Games, music and Maypole dancing.

At 11:00 pm, glowworm walk in the Church yard.

14th June 2014

Little Meadow Working Party

6th May 2014

Joint RSPB Walk

Bird spotting walk, between Overton and Ashe.

27th April 2014

Dawn chorus walk

Guided walk around Flashetts area to listen to early morning birdsong. Followed by breakfast at the Community Centre.

27th March 2014

AGM

Brief AGM followed by a talk on "Wildlife in North Hampshire" by Andrew Cleave.

16th January 2014

Gardening for Wildlife

Illustrated presentation by Alex Cruickshank from Hampshire Wildlife Trust.

19th October 2013

Orchard fair

Walk around the newly planted community orchard and find out about orchards and their biodiversity. There will be various apple varieties to sample and cakes & juice for sale. (If you have got apples, or other fruit, in your garden please bring some to share.)

13th October 2013

Fungus foray

Celebrate UK Fungus Day!

Fungus expert Mike Waterman lead us on a stroll around Overton looking for some of the many species of fungi that grow locally.

26th August 2013

Trip to UK Wolf Conservation Trust open day

OBS is arranging car sharing for people wishing to attend the UK Wolf Conservation Trust open day.

21st July 2013

Walk around new AONB leaflet route

A guided walk around part of the "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" in the northern part of the Parish. We will be following the route laid out in our new AONB walk leaflet. Distance — 3 miles.

5th July 2013

Creatures of the night evening

An evening looking at owls, bats, moths and glow worms.

2nd June 2013

'Field and River' walk

5th May 2013

'Historic Overton' walk

Joint OBS/Overton Society walk highlighting the historic features of Overton, led by Adrian Lewis.

28th April 2013

Family picnic and May fun day.

Annual picnic in Little Meadow (Kingsclere Road). Children's wildlife activities, music and maypole dancing.

21st April 2013

Dawn chorus walk

Guided walk around Flashetts area to listen to early morning birdsong. Followed by breakfast at the Community Centre.

21st March 2013

AGM + Talk on the work of the Hawk Conservancy

Very brief AGM followed by a talk by Ashley Smith on the work of the Hawk Conservancy.

9th March 2013

Micheldever Spoil Heaps ("The Chalkies") work party

Help clear invading shrubs from this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

16th January 2013

Wildlife Film Evening

We have got a range of wildlife films to watch using St Mary's Hall's new projection equipment.

10th November 2012

Micheldever Spoil Heaps ("The Chalkies") work party

Help clear invading shrubs from this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

14th October 2012

Autumn nut hunt

Brief talk on dormouse surveying followed by nut hunt in selected hedgerows around the village.

13th September 2012

Otters

Illustrated talk on otters and their recovery both nationally and in the River Test given by Sarah Lines from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

7th July 2012

(cancelled)

Cut-leaved Germander Survey

Help Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust survey numbers of this rare plant.

26th June 2012

Glow worms

Guided walk around St Mary's Churchyard to see the glow worms - weather permitting.

19th June 2012

Visit to Ashe Warren Farm

Guided tour of this wildflower turf farm by owner James Hewetson-Brown to look at the wildflower turf enterprise and conservation measures.

23rd May 2012

Bird walk

Joint RSPB/OBS guided walk to Lower Ashe Farm and back to see a range of habitats & species.

17th May 2012

Kingfishers in Overton

Illustrated talk by local photographer and kingfisher enthusiast Allan Willis on the life of a family of kingfishers

22nd April 2012

Dawn Chorus Walk

Guided walk around the Flashetts area in the early hours to listen to early morning birdsong followed by bacon butty/ homemade marmalade on toast breakfast in Community Centre. Led by Peter Hutchins.

29th April 2012

Family Fun in Little Meadow

Community picnic including activities for children and maypole dancing. Children's crafts for making and buying.

Cancelled due to bad weather.

15th March 2012

AGM

Brief AGM followed by an illustrated talk by Keith Betton on Red Kites. This should be a very interesting evening and will be concluded by tea and home-made cakes.

12th November 2011

Shrub clearance at the Chalkies

Clear young invading shrubs from this designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

16th September 2011

Bats and Moths Walk

Brief talk on moths and bats followed by a walk around the village visiting a moth trap and using bat detectors to locate and identify bats.

16th October 2011

Fungus Foray

9th July 2011

Cut-leaved Germander Survey

Helping Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust survey numbers this rare plant.

2nd July 2011

Discover Glow-worms: Talk & Walk

Two-part event
-Slide presentation on glow-worms by expert John Horne. John talked about his experience managing his own nature reserve where two species of glow-worm are established.
-Guided walk around St Mary's churchyard to look for glow-worms.

23rd June 2011

The Tree Warden Scheme

Find out about the national tree warden scheme and meet your local tree wardens over a cup of tea afterwards.Brief talk about The Tree Warden Scheme by Nicola Williams, B&DBC Tree Officer, followed by a leisurely stroll around the village looking at some notable trees.

8th May 2011

Family Pond Dipping

Joint Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust 50th Anniversary/ Overton Biodiversity Society event. Drop in session at Overton Primary School pond to discover what beastly goings on are happening beneath the surface!

1st May 2011

Family Fun in Little Meadow

Community picnic including activities for children and maypole dancing.
Bring your own picnic!

17th April 2011

Dawn Chorus Walk

Guided walk led by Peter Hutchins around the Flashetts area in the early hours to listen to early morning birdsong.
Followed by breakfast of bacon butty/homemade marmalade on toast in the Community Centre.

17th March 2011

AGM

Brief AGM followed by a talk by David Beeson on wildlife gardening.

David is the owner of a stunning wildlife garden at Forest Edge, Andover Down. The garden has appeared on BBC Gardeners' World as well as in many garden magazines. OBS members visited the garden in June last year.

12th February 2011

Micheldever Spoil Heaps ("The Chalkies") - work party

Help clear invading shrubs from this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

13th January 2011

The work of Hampshire Wildlife Trust in North Hants

Speaker: Alison Cross, Senior Conservation Adviser, HWT.

4th December 2010

Christmas Workshop

Making Christmas decorations from the hedgerow. Join Jane MacKenzie in making simple Christmas decorations using materials gleaned from the garden and local hedges.

6th November 2010

Shrub clearance at Micheldever Spoil Heaps - "The Chalkies"

We hope to continue with the good progress made at our last work party, clearing encroaching saplings from this Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust nature reserve in the south of the parish (just before the A303).

23rd September 2010

Pick of the parish

An illustrated talk by Peter Hutchins on some of the most notable species and habitats found within the parish.

18th September 2010

Dormouse nut hunt

Participate in our dormouse survey: we will learn to identify hazel nuts gnawed by dormouse before heading to the harrow way to look for evidence of dormouse there (2-3 mile walk).

10th July 2010

Cut-leaved Germander survey

Help Hampshire and Wildlife Trust survey numbers of this rare plant.

3rd July 2010

Discover Glow-worms

Guided walk around St Mary's churchyard to look for glow-worms.

20th June 2010

Visit to Forest Edge Garden

An afternoon visit to an outstanding wildlife garden on the outskirts of Andover (www.forest-edge.co.uk/garden.html).

22nd May 2010

WI/OBS Sustainable Development Day - "Living for the Future"

Event hosted by Women's Institute with help from OBS.
Talks, workshops and displays on sustainable development issues affecting both Overton and the wider global community.

Keynote Speaker Prof. Tim Wheeler, Reading University. Deputy Chief Scientist and Deputy Director of Research at the Department for International Development (DfID). Other speakers from OXFAM, WaterAid and Action Aid and Adam Trickett (OBS!) on Low Carbon Living.

2nd May 2010

Family fun in Little Meadow

Community picnic including activities for children and maypole dancing.

Cancelled due to bad weather

9th May 2010

Bluebell walk

Walk through Burley wood.

18th April 2010

Dawn Chorus walk

Guided walk around the Flashetts area in the early hours to listen to early morning birdsong followed by bacon butty/ homemade marmalade on toast breakfast in the Community Centre. Led by Peter Hutchins.

28th January 2010

"My secret garden"

Talk on wildlife gardening by Peter Hutchins

18th March 2010

AGM

AGM followed by an illustrated talk on orchids by OBS member Julian Aburrow.

19th November 2009

Concerned about climate change: don't know what to do about it?

An illustrated talk organized by O.B.S. Practical advice on reducing your energy use (and save money!) and help the UK meet its carbon emissions targets.

If you missed the talk the slides are available for download: slides only and slides and notes or author's site

7th November 2009

Day trip to the Isle of Wight

Trip to the Isle of Wight to look for red squirrels, migrant birds and ice cream...

18th October 2009

Fungus foray

Walk lead by Dave Waterman

18th September 2009

Bat and moth walk

This is National moth night. Brief talk on moths and bats followed by a walk around the village visiting a moth trap and using bat detectors to locate and identify bats. (View the list of moths caught here)

18th July 2009

Discover Glow worms

Walk around the churchyard to look for glow worms.

7thJune 2009

Walk around the Vyne Estate (National Trust)

10thJune 2009

Bird watching walk (joint event with RSPB)

Circular evening walk with local RSPB members, guided by Peter Hutchins, taking in the Lynch, the Harrow Way, Court Drove and Silkmill Lane.

26thApril 2009

Dawn Chorus walk

A gentle early morning stroll to look and listen for birds and other wildlife about the village.

(Check what we saw and heard)

2ndMay 2009

Family Fun in Little Meadow

Community picnic including activities for children and maypole dancing

19thMarch 2009

Annual General Meeting and Open evening

Short AGM followed by an illustrated talk by Professor Julian Evans OBE: 'A wood of our own (in the parish)'

Displays, 2009 programme of events, bird seeds sale...

8thFebruary 2009

Winter Tree walk

Short walk looking at trees in the winter — including tree identification, tree management and tree planting. Walk led by local tree expert Ken Marchment.

18th October 2008

Dormouse survey

Training session for upcoming dormouse survey.

13th July 2008

Dawn Chorus walk

Walk around the Flashetts area in the early hours to listen to birds singing followed by breakfast. (Read the report here)

24th May 2008

Overton Biodiversity Action Plan Community Event

Firts working session on creating a BAP for the parish.

3rd May 2008

Family Fun in Little Meadow

Community picnic including activities for children and maypole dancing

4th May 2008

Dawn Chorus Walk

Walk around the Flashetts area in the early hours to listen to birds singing. (View the sightings list here)

20th March 2008

Annual General Meeting and Open evening

OBS displays and illustrated talk by HART Wildlife Rescue.

2nd November 2007

A dormice in my pocket

Illustrated talk by Andrew Cleave, MBE.

20th October 2007

Fungus foray

Walk lead by Dave Waterman from the Community Centre towards the churchyard, Little Meadow and Flashetts.

17th July 2007

Tree and wild flower walk

A 1½ to 2h walk in the Polhampton area, lead by Tony Mundell, the county recorder for flora in North Hampshire.

6th June 2007

Bird walk

Joint bird watching walk OBS / RSPB, led by Peter Hutchins in the Berrydown area.

6th May 2007

Grand Opening of Little Meadow

Official celebration of the completion of the project "Uniting Community and Countryside" at Little Meadow.

Community picnic followed by family fun: treasure hunts, nest building, colouring, time capsule display, maypole dancing...

View the pictures

29th April 2007

Biodiversity Action Plan public meeting

Find out how you can help to produce a "Biodiversity Action Plan" for Overton. The BAP will fill in the practical wildlife details at the parish level which can actually inform the decisions made for site management and planning.

29th March 2007

Annual General Meeting and Open evening

Guest speaker: Liz Allison talking about the work of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and how to produce a "Biodiversity Action Plan" for Overton.

22nd February 2007

Climate Change Talk

Illustrated talk by Dr Mike Sparrow from the Climate Variability Project at Southampton University. Followed by a Questions & Answer session.

14th January 2007

Guided walk

Walk along the Historic Overton Heritage and Nature Trail led by Adrian Lewis.

31st December 2006

Bird watching walk

Short bird watching walk at Ashe Warren with Peter Hutchins.

26th November 2006

Bird watching walk

Short bird watching walk at the Northdown Plantation - Bramsdown Copse with Peter Hutchins.

3rd November 2006

Climate change - From Science to solutions

An illustrated talk by Dr Mike Sparrow of Southampton University, Department of Oceanography.

29th October 2006

Bird watching walk

Short bird watching walk in the Berrydown - Upper Ashe area with Peter Hutchins.

Read the report

24th September 2006

Bird watching walk

Short bird watching walk along the Historic Overton Trail with Peter Hutchins.

Read the report

30th July 2006

Bird watching walk

Short bird watching walk at Northington Farm - Harrow Way with Peter Hutchins.

23rd July 2006

Visit to Forest Edge Garden

Private visit of a wildflower garden near Andover (www.forest-edge.co.uk).

15th July 2006

Introduction to wildflowers

Workshop to learn to identify the common wildflowers found in meadows and by the roadsides.

24th June 2006

Bird watching walk

Short bird watching walk at Micheldever Spoil Heaps - The Scrubs with Peter Hutchins.

Read the report

17th June 2006

Ladybird workshop

Introduction to the various species of ladybird found locally and launch of our Labydird watch.

More about the Ladybird watch

18th June 2006

Moths & wild flowers

O.B.S. displays at 'Northdown Orchard open day' (organic vegetable farm) plus a look at the wildlife there.

24th May 2006

Bird watching walk

Evening walk in the Lower Ashe - Quidhampton area with Sally Slater from the RSPB Basingstoke Local Members Group.

27th May 2006

Discover snails

A short stroll lead by Dr June Chatfield of the Choncological Society to look for snails in their natural habitat.

7th May 2006

Dawn chorus walks

Walk around the Flashetts area in the early hours to listen to birds singing.

Read the report

23rd April 2006

Bird watching walk

Short bird watching walk in the Lower Whitehill - Turrill Hill area with Peter Hutchins.

Read the report

26th March 2006

Bird watching walk

Short bird watching walk in the Court Drove - Harroway area with Peter Hutchins.

Read the report

10th March 2006

Overton's ancient trees & Open evening

O.B.S. Annual General Meeting followed by an illustrated talk on remarkable trees in Overton by John Smith and Jim Stickland.

26th February 2006

Bird watching walk

Short bird watching walk in the Lower Ashe-Quidhampton area with Peter Hutchins.

Read the report

29th January 2006

Bird watching walk

Short bird watching walk around the Flashetts area with Peter Hutchins.

Read the report

28th January 2006

Winter tree identification

Guided walk with Richard Gibbins to learn to identify trees in winter.

11thNovember 2005

All about Dormice

An illustrated talk by Ian White from the Hampshire Mammal Group.

29thOctober 2005

Feed the Birds Day

Bird displays and bird food for sale to mark the RSPB's Feed the Birds Day.

12thAug 2005

Bat survey

Bat survey in Overton with the Hampshire Bat Group and Hampshire Wildlife Trust.

31thJuly 2005

Tree walk

Circular walk from the Community Centre towards Ashe to discover trees of interest.

10thJuly 2005

Dawn chorus walk (2)

Short walk in Overton lead by Peter Hutchins in the early hours to listen to song birds.

Read the report

26thJune 2005

What is that tree?

Tree identification with Richard Gibbins.

19thJune 2005

Visit to Forest Edge Garden

Private visit of a wildflower garden. (Members only)

8thJune 2005

Bird spotting (in partnership with RSPB)

Circular walk lead by Peter Hutchins to look at local birds in the countryside.

Read the report

8thJune 2005

Moth evening

Close up look at moths (and other insects) flying at night.

Read the report

8thMay 2005

Dawn chorus walks

Short walks in Overton lead by Peter Hutchins in the early hours to listen to song birds.

Read the report

29thApril 2005

Hedgerow survey results

Presentation of the results of the hedgerow survey carried out by O.B.S. members.

Read the results

4th March 2005

AGM + Water voles

Annual General Meeting followed by a slide presentation on water voles by Dr Jon Benge of Sparsholt College.

30th October 2004

Bats & Owls

Presentations on bats by Paul Hope and on owls by Peter Hutchins followed by a short walk to look for bats.

9th October 2004

Northdown Orchard

Guided walk led by Mike Fisher at Northdown Orchard Organic Farm.

29th August 2004

Northdown plantation

Guided tour of South Litchfield plantation by Prof. Julian Evans.

29th July 2004

Moth evening

Moth trapping at Micheldever Spoil Heap NR.

18th July 2004

(Sheep Fair)

Nature trail

Guided walk along the proposed Flashetts Nature Trail.

Read about the Nature Trails

24th June 2004

Willesley Warren Farm

Hedgerows and Countryside Stewardship presentation by Mr Plumtree. (Members only)

28th May 2004

Moth evening

Moth trapping at Southington.

Read the report

7th May 2004

Bats talk and walk

Presentation followed by a bat 'hunt'.

30th April 2004

The River Test

Presentation by Alison Cross.

24th March 2004

Open evening

O.B.S. first Annual General Meeting.

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