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Winchester People's Procession for Paris

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Date: Sunday, 29th November 2015

Time: 10:00am to 11:10am

Location: Abbey Gardens to Winchester railway station


WinACC is organising a People’s Procession for Paris to show our support for a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below 2degrees C.

2015 is a crucial year for the future of humanity, leading up to the Paris climate conference in December.

Gather in Abbey Gardens Winchester at 10.00 am

Process, with music, along Winchester High Street to the railway station for a short rally at about 11.00 am and see off the group travelling by train to the national demonstration in London.

Please join us if you represent an organisation, bring your banner, wear your t-shirt or uniform if you have one. We need people to be a steward so please volunteer.

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Building a picture of our native birds

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 23rd November 2015

Peregrine Falcon

A peregrine falcon Photo: David Foker


Dr David Rumble, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s head of conservation strategy, talks about how our birds are faring

Birds in particular have seen some ups and downs – including the Dartford warbler which has partially bounced back from its population collapse in the 1960s, thanks to conservation work by the trust and others.

However, this is just one glimpse of the overall picture of our local birds.

The only way to build up an accurate picture across the county is with people power.

An army of volunteers have contributed information to the latest Hampshire Bird Atlas – the newly published guide by Hampshire Ornithological Society. Here are some of their findings:


Willow tit (-)

Willow tit have declined in Hampshire after their range shrunk across the UK. It is now rarely found outside the north and west of the county, and has been the focus for survey and conservation efforts under the trust-led project, Winning Ways for Wildlife. Climate change and fragmentation of its woodland habitat are suspected causes of its decline.

Peregrine falcon (+)

This iconic species has only regularly nested in Hampshire since 1993 – and now some 18 nesting pairs have been recorded.

The species has recovered following a crackdown on persecution and the banning of certain pesticides. Peregrines have also adapted well to an increasingly urban Hampshire, nesting on buildings, cranes and chimneys in our towns and cities.

Little egret (+)

A rarity just a few years ago, little egret have now established approximately six breeding colonies in Hampshire. This small white heron has been able to survive because milder winters cause their prey to remain active for longer.

Redshank (-)

Since the last atlas, numbers of breeding redshank have declined significantly.

Whilst the species remain a frequent winter visitor to the coast, breeding numbers in our river valleys and wetlands have declined due to disturbance and rising sea levels. Redshank breed at Farlington Marshes nature reserve but has all but disappeared from the Lower Test Marshes.


Visit for more information on local birds and the reserves mentioned above.

To order a copy of the latest Bird Atlas, visit

We have wonderful wetland wildlife

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 16th November 2015

Farlington Marshes

NATURE The Farlington Marshes Picture: Ian Cameron-Reid

David Rumble, head of conservation strategy at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, writes about our precious wetlands

In fact we at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust manage a number of wetland nature reserves across the region where you can see a wide range of fantastic birds and other wildlife.

A stone’s throw away from Portsmouth are the Farlington Marshes, one of the trust’s oldest reserves.

This site is a coastal grazing marsh and lagoon which has several pools, both freshwater and brackish, and a broad stream which provide feeding and roosting sites for waders and wildfowl.

It’s internationally important for the bird population that it supports and there is a wide variety of wading birds and wildfowl around during the autumn migration, including black-tailed godwits, redshanks, grey plover and greenshanks.

Breeding birds include the bearded tit, sedge and reed warblers.

And we can’t forget the incredible birds of prey that visit the marshes – peregrines all year, osprey pass through in the spring and autumn, hobbies in the summer and marsh harriers and short-eared owls in the winter.

All these birds thrive here because of the incredibly rich habitat that wetlands offer, and the range of flora and fauna that make up their ecosystems.

As well as supporting an immense variety of wildlife, wetlands also have an economic value – not only to the thousands of people who live on their edge, but also to communities living miles away.

Wetlands up and down the land are important sources of food, fresh water and building materials, and also provide invaluable services such as water purification, flood defence and erosion control. This precious resource has to be protected and cared for. However, over the years wetlands habitats have been in serious decline – some waters have been polluted and wetland wildlife has been lost.

Wetland Wildlife Weekend will take place on November 21 and 22 and is a fantastic opportunity to explore and celebrate some of the wetland areas near you – whether coastal or freshwater.

Why not find out about a reserve near to you, download spotter sheets, or support our work to conserve these amazing habitats?

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