Sites to visit
The following sites are owned by Hampshire County Council and managed by the Countryside Service. They all contain Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation. Please see the relevant links for further site and access information.
Gravel Hill, Horndean, Hampshire PO8 0QE. Tel : 02392 595040.
This is Hampshire’s biggest country park, 20 miles of trails for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. You will find Butser Hill National Nature Reserve and the highest point on the South Downs. 1,400 acres of open access woodland and downland within the East Hamsphire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This site has four SINCs within it’s boundary – designated for containing ancient semi-natural woodland and semi-natural grasslands.
Car parks are sited at Wyndhams Pool (off Cricket Hill Lane), and at Stroud’s Pond and the Gravel Pit off the A30. Tel 01252 870425
Extensive heathland complex with areas of open heather, gorse, birch and oak woodland. There is one SINC on this site called Vigo Lane Heath. It has been designated for its heathland vegetation.
Cliff Road, Hill Head, Fareham, Hampshire PO14 3JT. Tel : 01329 662 145
Major wetland nature reserve at the mouth of the Meon river, of particular importance for wildfowl, waders and a wide range of breeding birds. Enjoy a tranquil walk and see a variety of wetland habitats containing a wealth of wildlife. This site contains four SINCs including a disused gravel pit, woodlands, meadows and Titchfield Canal.
Within walking distance from Shawford Train Station. OS Grid Ref : SU 471 250. Tel : 01962 860 948
This whole site is a SINC, designated for its chalk downland and scrub. It also supports the notable species of Corn Cleavers (Galium tricornutum) , Basil Thyme (Clinopodium acinos) , Sweet Briar (Rosa rubiginosa), Chalkhill Blue (Lysandra coridon) and Striped Lychnis (Shargacucullia lychnitis).