The Fareham Society has four on-going projects that are accomplished through the dedicated work of our volunteer Society members: The Gillies open space near the centre of Fareham, the annual Beach Clean at Hill Head, the yearly survey of the Borough's footpaths, and the United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme.
The Gillies open space is an extensive area of grassland and woodland with heavily used public footpaths between West Street and Paxton Road to its south.
On average 8-10 volunteers come along to each of The Gillies Work Days – and they are all needed! Work groups are led by one of Fareham Borough Council's Countryside Rangers
We meet at 9.30 a.m. at The Gillies allotments, near the Paxton Road entrance — there is parking in this Allotments car park just inside the site. But you can also approach the site on foot from Belvoir Close or West Street (near the Aldi carpark). For more information, ring ates for this spring are the phone number on the Contacts page.
Volunteers are always welcome – do try to come along and join us.
It is very important that at least 30 volunteers take part in this annual Sunday-morning event, in which a mile of beach is cleared from Meon Shore to Brownwich, with the help of volunteers from the Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve.
It was well supported last year by at least 50 volunteers, with invaluable support once again from the local geo-cache group. The Society wishes to thank all who attended for their hard work and support, and hopes you will be able to make it this year too.
We meet at 9.30 a.m. at Meon Shore opposite Titchfield Haven, close to the chalets and public conveniences. Please wear sensible footwear and gloves.
Bags will be provided.
The footpath initiative was started in 1993 as a Society Project. Its aim was to walk all the statutory footpaths in the Borough and report faults to Hampshire County Council who is legally responsible for maintenance and enforcement of these paths.
The Borough has been divided into 13 distinct geographical areas, with a volunteer responsible for inspecting the paths in each area. The volunteers are provided with the descriptions around Easter and asked to submit annual inspection reports generally during the autumn. The results are then passed to the County Council. At the moment 130 footpaths are inspected each year.
The United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS)
For over twenty years, members of The Fareham Society have counted the number of butterflies seen at The Gillies. This is an area of land in Fareham, containing woods (including some ancient woodland), a meadow, a mowed grass area and a stream (the Black Brook). A route (known as a Transect) is walked once a week for 26 weeks by one of our volunteers who recognises, counts and records those butterflies encountered on a recording form. The data is then entered on-line onto a central database. The results are included in the national monitoring scheme and also locally in The Society’s newsletter.