Portsdown Hill Countryside Service

Wednesday Workdays

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Volunteers meet every Wednesday to help with a variety of essential maintenance tasks, including fencing, scrub cutting, hedgelaying and hedge planting. Meet at the East gate of Fort Widley at 10am. Tasks end at about 3pm, so bring lunch if you can stay all day. You are welcome to come for as long as you can manage.

Third Sunday in the Month Workdays

Similar work is usually done once a month on the third Sunday, except for August, when we put our feet up.

Volunteers also help out at other times, with unpredictable jobs or ones which just require an extra pair of hands. For further enquiries e-mail Richard Jones or phone him on 023 9238 9623.

Guided Walks 2017

Please wear walking boots and don't forget your waterproofs. You may wish to bring something to eat and drink. Children and dogs are welcome. Meet at the East Gate of Fort Widley.

Tour of UGHQ beneath Fort Southwick

Tuesday 18th July
A rare chance to explore the tunnels that housed Operation Overlord. This event is now fully booked, however we should be able to have another visit by this time next year.

Harvest amble

Tuesday 25th July
10am - 3pm. Join us as we walk along the length of the SSSI and back through the nearby countryside. Chalkhill blues are on the agenda.

Friends of Portsdown Hill

The May 2017 newsletter is available here as a PDF.

Evening Talks, 2017-18

Between October and April we have meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at the Church of the Resurrection hall, Brecon Avenue, Drayton, PO6 2AW, starting at 7.45pm.
We try to present an interesting range of talks with both local and not-so-local themes, covering wildlife, history, geology and anything else that we come across. The entrance fee is £2 including refreshments.
The next talk is on .

The Spirit of Paulsgrove

11th October
A talk by Bethany Joyce about the life of our neighbouring estate.

Confessions of a Weatherman

8th November
Ian Hurst's passion for weather!

The South Downs Dark Sky Reserve

13th December
Dan Oakley will be explaining the concept and development of this reserve. Followed as always by seasonal refreshments.


10th January


14th February


14th March

AGM and Annual Review

11th April
The Friend's Annual General Meeting will be followed by a presentation from Richard Jones on what's been happening on the hill. There is no charge this evening.