When: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August
Where: Bartley Heath, Hook (nearest p/c RG27 9JF) OS Explorer 144, Grid Ref SU730534
Task: Fence repairs and rubbish clearance
Client: Hampshire Wildlife Trust
Leader: Geoff Fawcett
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. So this weekend we will be carrying out some essential fence repairs. We will also be clearing some of the rubbish that has accumulated on the Heath which poses a threat to live stock and wildlife. This will enable us to have a good look around the Heath at the same time.
Meet at 10am in the Bartley Heath car park. From the M3, junction 5 take the B3349 towards Hook and the car park is 250 m on your right, if you reach a roundabout you’ve gone too far.