Alton Natural History Society

Welcome to Alton Natural History Society. 

Alton Natural History has been running for over 70 years. Indoor meetings are held every two weeks in the winter months, on Friday evenings at 19:30. We meet at the Friends Meeting House, Church Street, Alton, Hampshire GU34 2DA. 

A full programme of Field Meetings is held from Spring to Autumn, with a few meetings in the winter as well. These are typically fairly close to Alton and cover a wide range of interests including Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Flowers and Botany, Fungi. Annual events include a summer moth morning and an autumnal Fungus Foray. Most years we will hold a dusk meeting in search of Nightjars and Woodcock (while trying to dodge the mosquitos). 

We publish an annual report on our activities and local wildlife sightings which is free to members (one copy per household). 

We monitor local planning applications and try to ensure that consideration is made for wildlife and the environment. 

We have a wide range of members ranging from those with a general interest in wildlife to those who have a genuine expertise. We are in in a wonderful area of Hampshire for wildlife. We have nationally important nature reserves such as Noar Hill,and a wide mix of habitats including the superb heathlands of Woolmer and Longmoor and other lesser-known sites in the Bordon area. There are terrific dragonfly sites such as Shortheath and Kingsley Ponds, with Tundry Pond and the Farnborough area having a different range of species. The Itchen still has Water Vole, while Alresford Pond carries a wide range of waterfowl and gulls, including Shelduck and Cettis Warbler all year round. More locally, Ackender and Chawton Park woods have interesting birds, butterflies and plants. The A31 Alton bypass has hundreds of Pyramidal Orchids and smaller numbers of Common Spotted Orchids, and there are several Bee Orchid sites. The River Wey now holds regular Little Egrets, and there are occasional otter sightings. Kings Pond in Alton has nesting Herons and Little Grebes and is a regular site for Kingfishers. Even a walk through Alton's industrial estate provides a range of wildlife interest with a flock of 100 or more Pied Wagtails sometimes roosting there in winter - unless they are in the High Street oustide M&S !. The whitebeam tree outside WH Smith has even held Waxwings feeding on the berries. But don't tell everyone...

If you are interested in joining then come along to any indoor or outdoor meeting without obligation, or contact us via the contact section on this web-site. 

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Change to meeting place for Froyle walk 8 May

05/05/2022 14:52
NOTE: As shown in our Summer Programme, our next field meeting, for "botany and general interest", at Froyle on Sunday 8th May.   We have, however, been told that car parking is likely to...

Summer Programme 2022 Published

03/30/2022 20:10
The summer programme contains a wide variety of natural history related events and walks in the Alton Area. These cater for a variety of subjects - from Orchids and Birds down to humble slugs and...

AGM Postponed due to expected storm

02/17/2022 21:16
In view of the forecast of the expected very severe wind on Friday 18th Feb, our Committee has regretfully decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was due to have taken place at...

Winter Programme - Friday 7th January meeting cancelled

01/03/2022 21:15
The meeting scheduled for Friday 7th January has been cancelled

Change to winter programme

12/23/2021 14:11
The talk scheduled for Friday 7th January is to be given by Dr June Chatfield on the subject of “Lichens and Kingsley Common”.  This will be in preparation for our field meeting at Kingsley...

Winter Programme 2021/2022 Published

10/23/2021 15:44
It may be found on this website here:  

Report on walk - Brick Kiln Lane for wild flowers May 2021

06/21/2021 20:08
June Chatfield has supplied on report which includes a annotated list of the plant species that she identified during the walks that she led along Brick Kiln Lane.  It also includes a guide to...

Summer Programme Published

06/21/2021 20:00
The summer programme has been published and can be found here: Programme of Meetings and Walks :: Alton Natural History Society (

Red Kite roosts - Christmas survey results

03/10/2021 21:27
  They had declined to a very small population in mid-Wales - approx 20 pairs. Since then a combination of a slow natural recovery and a major reintroduction programme has had remarkable...

Alton Ferns - Additional Identification Notes

03/10/2021 20:43
Following June Chatfield's Fern Walk around Alton in December 2020, Helen Boyce has added an extra set of notes and photos. See the Identification Articles section for details
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Membership applications

03/13/2019 20:59

The annual subscription for full membership is £10.00

For others at same address, regardless of age £4.00

To join the society, download and fill in the following form or contact bring it along with you to to an indoor meeting. Alternatively contact us using the contact form on this web-site and we will send you the postal address. 

ANHS membership form