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Natural History

About the author

Adam Carew


Adam Carew is a professional author, lecturer and speaker, and has featured on radio, television and social media.


A qualified historian and passionate ecologist, Adam also has a keen interest in archaeology, landscape, folk tradition and the Arts.


He is a regular contributor to local newspapers and is perhaps best known as a community campaigner and veteran local Councillor for the new Hampshire Green Town of Whitehill & Bordon. His career has included being a Mayor, Leader, District Council Chairman, National Chairman of his former party’s Green Wing, and a prospective MP.

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Talks & Walks

Adam gives lectures and talks to students and community groups on a wide variety of topics, some of which are listed below.


In addition Adam provides guided walks, wildfood forays and ghost walks by arrangement.


For further details or tailor-made lectures or events please contact Adam at


History & Folklore

Christmas Customs & Folklore

Place names

William Cobbett

History of Woolmer Forest

History & Archaeology of
Whitehill & Bordon

Historic hauntings, Ghosts of:

East Hampshire; Winchester;

Farnham; Southampton;

Portsmouth; Hampshire.


Natural History


Wild Food & Foraging

Wildlife Gardening

Native Plants

Native Trees, their Uses & Folklore

Mammals of the British Isles

Farming & Wildlife

Habitat Management & Ecology


Guided walks & tours

Fungi Forays

Wild food & Foraging
(including cooking demonstration and tasting)

Local Heritage Tours


Discover the haunted areas of Hampshire and Surrey with Adam Carew.

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Adam Carew’s Historic Hauntings Series draws together ghostly tales from right across Hampshire, putting them in their historical context.
Beautifully designed and in full colour the books are the perfect size to take exploring.


Join author Adam Carew, as he explores ghostly legends and harrowing accounts of hauntings from all over Hampshire.


  • From phantom smugglers and Resurrection men in Britain’s most haunted parish of Bramshott, to the haunted tower at Warblington Castle home of one of last Plantagenets – Margaret de la Pole, brutally beheaded after 10 strokes of the axe on the orders of Henry VIII. 

  • As he retells the traumatic murder of Sweet Fanny Adams in Alton, the barbarous exploits of the Hawkhurst Gang at Rowlands Castle, of devil dogs and ancient curses, from the regicide of William Rufus in the New Forest to ghostly echoes of English Civil War battles at Cheriton, Alton and Old Basing. 

  • Through haunted lanes and taverns of Mediaeval Southampton, to Portsmouth’s infamous Wymering Manor, relive the tales of assassin John Felton who murdered the Duke of Buckingham in Old Portsmouth and “Jack the Painter” – publicly hanged from the Mast of the Arethusa for attempted arson of Portsmouth Dockyard. From the execution of Dame Alicia Lisle outside Winchester’s Eclipse Inn to the ghosts of Farnham Castle to Waverley Abbey join Adam on this chilling and fascinating ghost tour around Hampshire and West Surrey.

Historic Hauntings Series


Adam was drawn into researching ghosts and ghostlore quite by accident.


“I was due to give a lecture to a community group who erroneously booked me to a talk about local ghosts. I didn’t have a talk but did not want to let them down, I put a lecture together and it went down a storm. That became the basis of my first book Ghosts of East Hampshire (now in its fifth reprint). Other books followed and the rest is History..”

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