Location:Bartley Heath South, Hook, RG27 9AB. OS Explorer 144, Grid Ref SU725525
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When: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June
Where: Bartley Heath South, Hook, RG27 9AB. OS Explorer 144, Grid Ref SU725525
Client: Hampshire Wildlife Trust
Leader: Karen Minett
Residential: Hall to be confirmed
Bartley Heath is a remnant of a much larger area of Heathland, similar to the New Forest. Over the years this heathland has disappeared under agriculture, development and neglect, fortunately Bartley heath was saved by the Wildlife Trust and after many years hard work clearing invasive birch and oak (some done by HCV) it is now returning to its former glory. The Heath now supports many rare and important species such as Marsh Gentian with its spectacular blue flowers studding the heath in late summer with populations of lousewort and sneezewort scattered amongst it. Dragonflies can again be seen over the water filled gravel workings and the heath supports many species of birds.
To keep Bartley Heath open, grazing has been reintroduced to control tree regeneration and maintain the habitat in good condition. The Wildlife Trust are now aiming to reintroduce grazing to the southern area of Bartley Heath. So this weekend we will be beginning to erect the fencing to keep the livestock in the right place.
Meet at 10am at Cotmans Corner. From the M3 junction 5, take the A287 south towards Odiham. As you turn onto the duel carriageway off junction 5 get into the outside lane and take the first right into Hook Lane towards Greywell. After about 500 metres turn right onto a small track and follow it to the end.