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Outdoor Meetings

Outdoor Meetings for 2022

General Information

The following events are scheduled, but some details may change. Please check this page in the run-up to events or confirm by emailing the organiser of each meeting.

Most meetings will last 2-3 hours, but please email the organiser if you require more exact timings.

The events are free to members, but there will be a £2.00 fee for non-members.

OS grid references can be used to find the location on and what3words locations used on

For general enquiries about meetings, please contact Richard Cordery

Sunday 30th January 2022 09:00 – 12:00

Keyhaven and Pennington Marsh

An approximately 3 hour walk along the sea wall to the lagoons and back.

Meet at the Keyhaven Long Stay Car Park opposite The Gun Inn, SZ 306915, What3Words ///kinds.optimists.devalued (Keyhaven Amenity Car Park on GoogleMaps) near the toilet block at 09:00am. Please note that there are car parking charges applicable (RingGo location 2588), currently advertised at £5 for 4 hours on New Forest District Council website
Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Saturday 19th February 2022 09:00 – 12:00

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour boat cruise – Run by Birds of Poole Harbour.

This 3 hour boat trip heads up the Wareham Channel as well as a Poole Harbour tour including viewing the Brownsea Island lagoon, looking for ducks, waders and raptors with the chance of grebes and possibly divers too. The upper deck of the boat is the best for viewing but is exposed to the elements so please wear warm and waterproof clothing. There is a lower deck with windows too, if shelter is required, and there are basic toilet facilities on the boat.

Please meet at 08.45am at the Greenslades Pleasure Boats kiosk on Poole Quay, SZ 01114 for boarding the boat for a prompt 09:00am sailing.

Nearest car parking is at Quay Visitors Multi-storey car park, Old Orchard, Poole BH15 1SB.

I have reserved 15 spaces on the boat for CHOG members. Please contact Richard Cordery before Tuesday 18th January to book your place on the boat trip.
After that date, if spaces are still available they can booked yourself via the Birds of Poole Harbour website.

Adults £25.00, children 4-15 years old £12.50.

Further details are available here:

Sunday 20th March 2022 09:00 – 12:00

Millyford Bridge and Acres Down 

A walk through the forest and up onto Acres Down looking and listening for resident woodland birds and scanning for raptors from the lookout. 

Meet at Millyford Bridge car park which is free but you may wish to arrive a little earlier as space can be limited. Footpaths could be muddy so please wear appropriate footwear.
Meet at SU 26782 07860, what3words ///paid.slipping.reporters

Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Sunday 24th April 2022 15:30 – 17:30

Stanpit Marsh 

Spring migrants and watching for waders on the rising tide.

Meet at Stanpit Marsh Car Park SZ 17183 92473, what3words ///urban.bumps.fired
Free car parking but small car park so you may have to find parking along nearby roads if travelling by car.

Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Saturday 21st May 2022 08:30 – 11:00

Hengistbury Head 

Hoping to see and hear a number of warbler species and other summer visitors.

Meet opposite the visitor centre on the rise overlooking the Harbour at SZ 16640 91109, what3words ///defeat.curvy.basket
You would be welcome to stay on after the walk for a drink at the Hiker Café.

Parking at Hengistbury Head Car Park (charges apply) See here.
RingGo location 59021. Limited parking along The Broadway, 1 hour limit starting from 10am so you would need to get back to your car by 11am if you park here.

Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Saturday 18th June 2022 09:00 – 12:00

Pig Bush, New Forest

A walk around the heathland looking for birds and dragonflies and a watch for raptors.

Meet at Pig Bush Car Park SU 36191 05028, what3words ///fields.gaps.jazzy

Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Car Sharing – currently suspended due to Coronavirus
Several members have asked about car sharing on outdoor meetings. Where possible we will be pleased to arrange this for a limited number of places on each occasion. Please contact Richard Cordery well in advance of each meeting, so that numbers and pick up locations can be organised. Otherwise the RV will be as indicated on the website.

Harbour Map

Our interactive harbour map helps you to identify locations around the harbour and gives some useful pointers.

Harbour Map

Our interactive harbour map helps you to identify locations around the harbour and gives some useful pointers.