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Landscape Section

About the Landscape Section

Current programme: a full listing of all events organised by the different sections of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society.

Events planned by the Landscape Section in 2024

Field Meeting – Butterflies and plants of Bentley Station Meadow and Blacknest Fields

Brown Argus butterfly

Date: Saturday - 15th June from 9.45 am - 1.00 pm -

This is a joint event with the Alton Natural History Society. It will be a walk of approximately 3.5 miles through Alice Holt Forest taking in two important sites for grassland, scrub and woodland edge butterflies. Bentley Station Meadow is run by Butterfly Conservation and we will be joined by reserve manager Fiona Scully. Blacknest Fields is a habitat restoration project run by Binsted Parish Council. The route will take place over undulating forest and field tracks which may be muddy and slippery.

Meet in car park off Gravel Hill Road, Bentley, nearest postcode GU10 4LQ. Car park track leaves road at Grid ref SU802434, ///puppy.stewing.encodes. Meet far end of car park Grid ref SU802433, ///ambitions.animated.distorts

Leaders: Cathy Wilson with John Oates (Alton Natural History Society) and Fiona Scully (Butterfly Conservation)

Cost to members: £5.00; due to restrictions on numbers this event is only open to members. Book your place through TicketSource.

If you have any questions, please email

'Geology between Ladle Hill and Ecchinswell'

    View westwards towards Ladle Hill

  • Saturday - 22nd June: a visit, 10.15 am to 2.00 pm approx., to look at

    To link to the Newsletter articles on Hampshire’s Geology, Mike Broderick will lead a visit to the chalk downs of n.w. Hampshire. The walk will also take in the unfinished Ladle Hill
    Fort, the Kingsclere Inlier and the village of Ecchinswell. The visit will link the landscape features to the geology of this part of the county.

  • 10.15 Meet at SU492565 (what3words - ///printout.tooth.scarf); park on the west side of the verge.

  • 10.30 Mike Broderick will give an introduction followed by a guided walk along the crest of the chalk scarp to Ladle Hill. The walk will then descend the scarp slope to Sydmonton where the geology will change from chalk to the Upper Greensand of the Kingsclere Inlier. Northwards lie the rocks of the later Tertiary period of the Thames basin. Our route will take us to the village of Ecchinswell, including the church and former mill. We shall then return to the starting point.

  • NB: the walking involves some steep slopes; the height gain is around 250 m. Surfaces will include uneven footpaths, tracks and roads. Total distance will be around 5-6 miles. We shall aim to finish around 2.00-2.30 pm.

  • Cost to members: £5.00; non-members: £8.00; full-time students: £4.00; a copy of the booking form can be downloaded and posted to the Landscape Treasurer at the address given. Alternatively, please email

Landscape Section Events in 2023

Newsletter: The Landscape Section publishes articles in the HFC Newsletter and we welcome contributions on landscape related topics. If you have any ideas or articles for the Newsletter, please email to discuss your proposal.

Landscape Section Archive: Find out about significant people and previous events put on by the Landscape Section.
Any questions about the Landscape Section?
Then email Mike Broderick Landscape Section Chairman