Worthys Conservation Volunteers has already undertaken a number of surveys and field studies, the results of
which are presented below. So far this has included wildflowers, hedgerows, butterflies and ancient trees,
carried out at several sites.
See our map.
We will be looking to extend this, not least to include wildlife surveys. So if you are running -
or about to start - your own survey and need help then please
Dawn Chorus Itchen Stoke Down - May 2019
Dawn Chorus Martyr Worthy - April 2018
Dawn Chorus Worthy Down - April 2017
Dawn Chorus Martyr Worthy - May 2016
Dawn Chorus Avington Park - May 2011
Kings Worthy Hedgehog Survey -
Fungi Field Trips
Micheldever Wood Fungus Foray - October 2010
Micheldever Wood Fungus Foray - October 2008
Bat & Moth Watch
Bat & Moth Watch - August 2011 - St
Michael's churchyard, Cheriton.
Bat & Moth Watch - August 2009 - our first 'bat & moth
evening watch' at
St Swithuns Wildlife Habitat, was a great success.
Kings Worthy Butterfly Field Study - July 2016
Farley Mount Butterfly Field Study - July 2013
Top Field, located at grid
SU 485 335.
Top Field Butterfly Field Study - July 2011
Top Field Butterfly Field Study - July 2009
Top Field Butterfly Field Study - July 2008
Wildflower & Hedgerow
Worthy Down Halt Wildflower Survey - Summer 2016
Worthy Down Halt Wildflower Survey - Spring 2016
Worthy Down Halt Wildflower Survey - Summer 2013
St Swithuns Wildflower Survey
- Summer 2012
Worthy Down Halt Wildflower Survey - Summer 2012
Dismantled DNSR Bridge Wildflower Survey - Summer 2011
Kings Worthy Community Centre Wildflower & Grass Survey - June 2008
Top Field Botanical Survey - Summer 2006
Top Field Botanical Survey Full
Report - Summer 2006
Halt Wildflower Survey - Summer 2006
Hedgerow Survey - Summer 2004 - by special permission of Michael Edwards (the author) and Kings Worthy Parish Council.
Kim Bishop's Walk Survey
- Summer 2004
Hedgerow & Wildflower Survey, Broadview Improvement Scheme -
Summer 2004 - details of the hedgerow and wildflower survey are
covered in the Broadview improvement proposal.
Ancient Tree Hunt
Can you help us 'discover' all the ancient and veteran trees in our
"The Ancient Tree Hunt is a five year project to find and map all
the fat old trees across the UK. The online interactive
project is led by the Woodland Trust in partnership with the Ancient
Tree Forum and the Tree register of the British Isles. .. Visit
www.ancient-tree-hunt.org.uk for more." - The Woodland Trust's
'The Ancient Tree Hunt' leaflet.
Maybe you know of a majestic oak, hollowed and knobbly, or a yew
standing venerable in an old churchyard, even old dead trees still
alive with insects and fungi, all holding the secrets of time and
history spanning many, many hundreds of years!! If so, we can
help measure up, record details and take photographs, and register
these online, for all to see.
As part of our winter walk and Christmas
lunch in December 2007, we discovered seven, yes 7, new trees which
were duly measured and recorded
- five majestic old oak pollards all in a line, at Cowdown, Chilland,
probably forming old boundary of some sort; another oak pollard
elsewhere in on Cowdown and an well-known yew tree at St John the
Baptist Church, Itchen Abbas. Here is the report
Martyr Worthy Tree Hunt Survey - December 2007.
As well as those trees identified in the
Martyr Worthy report, here a couple of other magnificent old trees
in the area:
Gospel Oak at Hampage Wood, Avington SU 5420 3120.
From the following extract it would
appear that this tree, albeit the hollow shell remains, dates back
to at least 597 AD ...
'A legend also connects Hampage Wood with a still earlier date.
When Winchester Cathedral was being built, Bishop Walkelin
being in need of timber asked William the Conqueror for the
gift of as much timber as he could carry away from Hampage Wood
in four days and nights. The king consented, and the bishop,
having collected all the woodmen from the surrounding country,
managed to clear the wood with the exception of the one tree
under which St. Augustine was said to have preached. The hollow
shell of a tree, kept together by iron bands and protected by
an iron fence, still stands in the wood, and is known locally
as Hampage or Gospel Oak.' From: 'Parishes: Avington', A History
of the County of Hampshire: Volume 3 (1908), pp. 306-08. URL:
accessed: 24 August 2007.
Oak in barley field at Gander
Down, SU 5517 2801.
Gander Down Oak
There must be many more in and around
Winchester and The Worthys - let's find them! Please email