Field Trip – Magdalen Hill Down – Chalk Downland Butterflies & Flora
The entrance gate will be unlocked, and parking is at the top of the track, grid reference SU 5108 2919
Species expected include typical farmland birds such as Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, Linnet and Skylark. Early June is a good time to see Small Blue, Brown Argos, Dingy Skipper, and Grizzled Skipper butterflies. There is a small chance that first brood Adonis Blue butterfly are still flying. The specialised chalk flora should also be displaying well.
There is a general lack of cover, but we will not be far from the car park this walk. The initial part of the walk is relatively easy but, in the middle, there is a steep incline that could cause problems for some, particularly if it is wet. Stout foot ware is recommended.
Toilet facilities are available in Magdalen Hill Cemetery.
Meet point: The entrance to the reserve is on the south side of the B3404. The track runs along the west side Magdalen Hill Cemetery past Blackwell & Moody Ltd. stone mason’s works.
Park at the top of the entrance track (The entrance gate will be unlocked). Grid ref: SU 5108 2919
Arriving by car: The reserve lies between the A31 and B3404 just outside the eastern edge of Winchester. From the M3, traveling from the north, use exit 9, traveling from the south, use exit 10. A small gravel car park is across the B3404 from the track.
Care should be taken when crossing the road
Additional parking can be found in the Cemetery which also has a toilet.
Public transport: Number 64 Alton-Winchester bus stops by the Magdalen Hill Cemetery gates
Leader: Anna & Dave Stewart. If the weather is particularly wet and windy participants should phone the one of leaders the evening before to confirm walk is going ahead. Mobiles 07772300271 or 07920113131