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When: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May
Where: Winnal Moors, Winchester, SO23 7JE - OS Explorer 132, Grid Ref SU488311
Client: Hampshire Wildlife Trust
Leader: Karen Minett
The River Itchen flows through the 158 acres of this floodplain reserve, which contains a range of habitats once common along the rivers length. These include wet grasslands, reedbeds, wet woodland and ponds.
Winnal Moors is a haven for plants and wildlife with water crowfoot, lesser water parsnip, purple loosestrife and yellow flag, along with various sedges that provide nesting sites for little grebe’s, swans and mallards. The taller areas of fen contain common reed, reed canary grass, fleabane, meadowsweet and fen bedstraw. It is here in the spring that you will hear the calls of reed and sedge warblers and possibly glimpse them singing on a reed or flitting through the fen. Water voles live along the many streams within the reserve, which is also an important habitat for otters.
During the 17th and 18th centuries Winnal moors were turned into water meadows, such as those at Ovington. The winter flooding of the meadows allowed for an early growth of grass enabling livestock to graze the lush grass much earlier in the spring. These were then removed allowing the grass to regrow and be cut for hay later in the summer. Because of this the Moors were never improved leading to the development of the rich flora and fauna that exists here now.
This weekend we will fencing some more of the Moors to allow further important grazing of the site.
Meet at 10am in the public car park off Hillier Way. From the B3047 Worthy Road, between Winchester and Kings Worthy, turn east into Russell Road then right at the end and immediately left into Hillier way. The car park is short way down on your left.
Please note that we will be moving on from the car park on foot, we will have to cross private land and can only do so in the company of the warden. So it is essential you arrive before 10am.