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13/08/2015 02:56pm

Joanna

Hello, my 4 children and I love spending a lot of time at Castlebottom. Over the past few days, the horses have been quite a problem for us, rearing and running towards us. This is quite unnerving and yesterday they scared away a big group of teenagers who were just sitting and chatting and enjoying the countryside like we were. Who do the horses belong to? I like horses but this is not the first time we've had problems with the horses here. thanks

Hi

Castle Bottom is a National Nature Reserve and as such is managed for conservation, access to the site is gained through provision laid down in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act. It should be remembered that this site is not a recreational park and the presence of the ponies is a very important part of the National Nature Reserves management. These animals are not pets, rather being used primarily for grazing of conservation sites, however we do not normally have problems with them and will assess their behaviour. If they do get to close for comfort a shout and a clap of the hands is normally sufficient to disburse the animals.

Thanks The Ranger Team

I have now been to have an assessment of these animals and cannot find any problems with their behaviour. Mostly I would describe them as timid and wary of the encounter. The small two grey ponies eventually let me give them a pat and scratch behind the ear as did the chestnut one, the larger piebald was shy and did not let me touch him. However I certainly noticed no aggression. I sat down amongst them and was mostly completely ignored. If you have any more concerns please contact us @ northern.sites@hants.gov.uk

Thanks again


The Ranger Team

 

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21/04/2015 04:02pm

Julie-Ann Stone

I have visited Castle Bottom and seen the beginning of a shelter being constructed at the bottom of the steps by the small bridge. Is this a planned construction?

Thank you

Hi Julie

We wil investigate.  Many thanks for your interest.

Regards

The Ranger Team.

 

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10/02/2015 02:19pm

paul blanchard

is there an electronic version of a map available showing the permissive paths through the Castle Bottom site?

The Ranger replies

All Rights of Way in Hampshire are mapped and can be found online at www.hants.gov.uk/row/row-maps. You can use this interactive map to find a location by post code; in the case of Castle Bottom this would be RG27 0QA (Cooper's Hill). This online map uses Ordnance Survey information and all tracks are detailed. I trust this answers your question.

Regards.

 

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11/12/2014 01:37pm

lisa keen

Hello are you able to tell me where the highland cattle herd will be grazing on 21 December 2014? Or let me know who would know? My mum adores highland cattle and would love to look at them. Thank you

The Ranger replies

Highland cattle have not grazed Castle Bottom for two seasons now and unfotunately it is unlikely that they will be back. The availibility of cattle from 3rd party graziers is increasingly difficult to find and as such, we have been grazing with just New Forest ponies. I am unaware of any other Highland cattle grazing herds in this part of the county. Regards.

 

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24/11/2014 09:40am

Mrs Tracy Budge

Hello,

We have two Highlands heifers coming up to 6 years old. They are pets on our land, and as much as we love them we think it may be time to find them another home as we are struggling with their grazing.

If you are interested in the cows or can offer us any advice, we would very much appreciate talking to you.

Kind Regards

Tracy Budge

The Ranger Replies

Tracy, perhaps you could email us direct at northern.sites@hants.gov.uk and we could have a chat.

Many thanks.

 

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24/11/2014 09:39am

Harriet Wigmore-Welsh

Do you take on students for work experience I'm looking for something in January.

The Ranger Replies

Thank you for your question. We do take placement students, but we need to know a little more about what you are doing, how a placement with us might help and what your interests are. Perhaps you could email us direct at northern.sites@hants.gov.uk and we could arrange for you to come in for a chat.

 

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06/10/2014 09:37am

david robins

Hi, I wish to visit the reserve,

can you please advise if there is off road parking from the Cooper's Hill road? or is there better public parking on the Blackbush airport site, if so where?

The Ranger replies

There is off road parking at Coopers Hill for 2-3 cars, but if busy, we request that you do not block the gate in case we need emergency access. You can park at the Red Cross Centre off Monteagle Lane (GU46 6LU) and by walking south up Bridleway 43, at the barrier bearing west through the trees onto Bridleway 44 , you will reach Castle Bottom.

Enjoy your visit.

 

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18/11/2013 10:28am

Jacqui copp

Is it true that the cattle grazing is going to be extended to the part of yateley common that backs onto Tudor drive?

A Ranger replies

A favoured management technique for managing heathlands is grazing! We have been undertaking a consultation since 2011 regarding the possible low level conservation grazing of parts of Yateley Common. In the proposal as it stands grazing would take place in the heath area between Cricket Hill and Tudor Drive but would be restricted east of the bridleway behind Tudor Drive.

No final decision has been made on this project and should this project move further there will be more consultation that takes place giving time for the public to ask questions and raise concerns.

 

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26/03/2012 09:08am

Ivana Wilson

Hi, are dogs allowed off the lead? Is it okay to have a picnic?

A Ranger replies

We ask all visitors to the Castle Bottom to keep their dogs on leads during the bird nesting season 1st February -31st August. Castle Bottom Nature Reserve is home to important ground (or near ground) nesting birds which are easily disturbed, these include the Nightjar, Dartford Warbler and Woodlark.

We also ask visitors to keep their dogs on leads when there is cattle grazing on the site -on site signage will indicate when there are grazing animals present. Both the cows and ponies that graze on Castle Bottom are easily worried by dogs.

It is fine for visitors to picnic on site, all we ask is that visitors please take their rubbish home with them, and leave the countryside tidy. Please do not leave food for the cows or ponies, there is plenty of food available for them on site

 

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23/02/2012 06:14am

Aaron

Hi, I am interested in visiting this reserve to photograph the Dartford Warblers,how big is the reserve,and were is the best place to find them there ?

A Ranger replies

Castle Bottom National Nature Reserve is approximately 30 hectares and can be accessed by car from Coopers Hill (B3016) or on foot from Yateley Common (parking available here). The site is part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA) for it's bird life, one of those protected species being Dartford Warbler. The SPA provides ideal habitat for these birds to thrive in and they can be found across most of the SPA. Due to the secretive and sensitive nature of the Dartford Warbler, we don't like to provide specific locations of birds, but be assured that they can be found across the heathland areas from Yateley Common to Castle Bottom. They are often tricky to see, but you may very well hear their 'scratchy' song from the top of a gorse bush.

 

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