St Catherine's Hill
A 58 hectare flower-rich chalk grassland with an abundance of wild flowers and butterflies. This is a great place to enjoy wildlife, ancient monuments and the most spectacular views over Winchester, the Itchen Valley and the surrounding countryside. St Catherine’s Hill is a fabulous place to enjoy a summer walk and picnic.
The site has been owned by Winchester College for about 130 years and has been been managed by the Wildlife Trust for over a decade.
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Spring is about the burst - the long sherbet yellow catkins of hazel can be seen along the former bypass. The wrinkled leaves of cowslips will follow shortly, if not halted by a cold spell. Before birds get down to nest building we have removed a number of shading trees from the eastern side of the ramparts. This will encourage shrubs such as spindle, field maple and wild privet, and restore areas of flower-rich chalk grassland for the benefit of insects such as small blue, chalkhill blue and brown argus.
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Dogs at St Catherine's Hill
If you visit St Catherine’s Hill with your dog, please read our leaflet beforehand. Look out for signs around the site about grazing animals and sensitive wildlife. Find out more about dogs on our nature reserves here.
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