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Saturday 20th December 2008, 11:26
Hi All,
can anyone please tell me where to look for kingfishers in southampton,romsey, new forest areas?
The one i new of has not been seen for a while,and my father has never seen a kingfisher so i would love to show him one !

Thursday 24th November 2011, 17:43
Eling great marsh is a great site for kingfishers as well as other waders and waterfowl. This website below will help


Friday 25th November 2011, 11:16
Over the road from Eling Great Marsh is the Lower Test reserve. It's my local patch and I feel cheated if I don't get at least one view of a Kingfisher there on a walk around the reserve. Saying that, my last Kingfisher was 2 weeks ago on Cemetery Lake, Southampton Common. They are much less regular there.

Friday 25th November 2011, 17:50
Is lower test reserve good for other birds in the winter. I might think about going.

Saturday 26th November 2011, 12:19
Depends what you mean by "good"!!! This morning:
3 Kingfishers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, lots of Little Egrets and all the usual gulls, calling Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, Lapwing, Curlews, Black-Tailed Godwit, Snipe, 3 Barnacle Geese (not exactly wild).


Sunday 27th November 2011, 17:41
Is lower test reserve good for other birds in the winter. I might think about going.

It won't match a trip to e.g. Lymington to Keyhaven but if you take a circular route taking in Testwood Lakes as well (e.g. see http://www.hwt.org.uk/data/files/reserves/Lower_Test_Leaflet_2011_side_two_PROOF.pdf and http://www.hwt.org.uk/data/files/reserves/lower_test_leaflet_2011_side_one_proof_v2.pdf)
you get a variety of habitats and birds.

I've seen 178 bird species at Lower Test/Eling/Testwood Lakes and I'm just a middle-aged duffer |=)|

Monday 28th November 2011, 13:58
Best place I have found is on the road into Winchester from Southampton - St Cross Road. Part way down is a turning into a lane next to some playing fields, think it is called Five Bridges Road. You park up on the verge and walk straight ahead, through a gate, take the bike path to the right and over the road and turn right down onto the river again...Thats the spot!

I saw some there while riding the trail and took my girlfriend back a week later as she has never seen them. We had 3 all flying around us and showing very well. You just need to walk a bit, stand in one spot, walk a bit... and have some patience. Its an amazing stretch of river that winds all the way back to Southampton.

Hint: There is a pub about 45 minutes walk down the river where you can sit and hear the Kingfishers calling back on the river!! B (:

Map link (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Winchester&hl=en&ll=51.039505,-1.317737&spn=0.007164,0.022724&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=13.805515,46.538086&vpsrc=6&hnear=Winchester,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16)