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Join us at our next Open Day on Friday 6th July



On Friday 6th July we will be offering a special Open Day featuring a morning moth trap inspection and a guided walk on Noar Hill Nature Reserve. Our expert staff will also be on hand to chat with you about your travel plans for 2018 and beyond (though you will need to phone the office in advance to book a time for an appointment with the staff member best suited to discuss your area of interest).

Special ‘Breakfast with Moths!’ at: 0930am

If you wish to arrive early, we will be holding a special 'Breakfast with Moths' as we open our moth trap at 9.30am and identify the species collected in our moth trap the previous night. Join us for orange juice, croissants and bacon baps and see what surprises lurk in our trap. Registration (free of cost) is essential.

Walk on Noar Hill leaving the Naturetrek office at: 1030am

Just four miles south-east of the Naturetrek offices is Noar Hill, a nature reserve (managed by the Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust) celebrated for its chalk grassland butterflies and flowers and, in particular, its variety of orchids. The reserve covers an area of old lime pits giving a unique ‘hills and holes’ landscape which, together with appropriate grazing, creates the microclimate necessary for an abundance of wildlife.

In early July colourful Common Spotted, Chalk Fragrant and Pyramidal Orchids will still be on show whilst butterflies include Marbled White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, and Large and Small Skippers. Yellowhammers can often be seen on the plentiful Juniper bushes on the reserve and the fields at the reserve entrance. This is a fabulous spot to look for some of Britain’s scarcer orchid species such as Musk and Frog Orchids. Up on the ridges of the reserve the glorious views extend across the South Downs.

For lunch you’ll be free to explore any of the many and varied local pubs, before perhaps returning to our office in the afternoon to discuss your wildlife travel plans with our friendly and expert staff.

Naturetrek's next 3 Open Days:

Friday 6th July (includes a ‘Moth Breakfast’ and guided walk on Noar Hill as above)

Friday 3rd August

Friday 7th September

Contact: please call Gail on 01962 733051 or email to register your name, tour (or area) of interest, and to arrange a time for a meeting with the staff member best suited to discuss your interests.

Why not combine a visit to our office with other special sites of interest?

Places & events of interest to Jane Austen fans!

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Jane Austen's house museum in Chawton

In the picturesque village of Chawton, just a short walk from our offices, is Chawton Cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote during the last eight years of her short life. Apart from being based in Chawton, Naturetrek is delighted to share a more intimate connection with the great writer – Jane Austen’s brother once owned the land on which our Mingledown Barn office is situated. Chawton Cottage, now called the Jane Austen House Museum, is, arguably, the most important place for the Jane Austen pilgrim to visit as it’s the building most significantly associated with her writing. You’ll be able to see the bedroom Jane shared with her sister, Cassandra, and there’s a good collection of Jane Austen memorabilia too. Also in the village is the magnificent Elizabethan manor, Chawton House, the former home of Jane Austen’s brother, the squire Edward Austen Knight.

Jane Austen’s birthplace, the village of Steventon, is just half an hour’s drive from Chawton. The rectory where she was born is no longer there, but the church where her father was the vicar still stands and has a small display dedicated to her. Jane Austen was buried in Winchester Cathedral, in the north aisle. She died in a cottage (a few hundred metres from the cathedral) where she’d been living for about eight weeks prior to her death on 18th July 1817.

Other sites of interest in & around Chawton

There are many other sites of interest in and around Chawton should you be visiting our offices. A few miles away to the south-east lies the village of Selborne, made famous through the writings of its curate in the 18th century, the Reverend Gilbert White who wrote ‘The Natural History of Selborne’. The Wakes, Gilbert White’s charming house, is also well worth a visit; as well as an award-winning tea room, it incorporates the Oates Museum which commemorates the life of Captain Lawrence Oates, hero of Captain Scott’s 1911/12 expedition to the South Pole, and his uncle Frank Oates, the 19th century African explorer.

Finally, we are spoiled for choice with the wonderful variety of excellent pubs nearby, many with attractive beer gardens and serving local Hampshire fare for a delicious lunch or evening meal. However you choose to spend your time, you can be sure of an enjoyable day out in Hampshire!