It is easy to forget in this tranquil spot that the bustling city centre is a short walk away. Winnall Moors has the renowned and beautiful River Itchen flowing throughout its length, providing much needed water for the wet grasslands, reedbeds, wet woodlands and ponds.
Spanning approximately 158 acres of floodplain the reserve offers a glance at the full range of habitats that once would have been present along the whole river valley.
*** Winnall Moors Nature Reserve is currently closed due to flooding. The Trust has done all it can to ensure the reserve continues to work effectively as a flood storage area, providing a significant level of protection for the City of Winchester. We believe the land is at maximum capacity and therefore continued rainfall could lead to wider flooding. We will continue to monitor the situation and do all we can to help manage flooding. For emergencies please call 01489 774400.***
Click here for more on wildlife and landscape features. Download the Reserve leaflet here. Click here to download the story trail booklet. Click here to download the explanations of the new sculptures.
To reduce disturbance to sensitive wildlife please remember no dogs or cycles are permitted at Winnall Moors.
Occasionally we need to close the reserve to carry out essential management work. Please note that organised groups such as schools and cubs must prebook their visit with the Reserves Officer by emailing mailto:Rachel.Remnant@hiwwt.org.uk
Winnall Moors Project
Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund a 5 year programme of improvement work commenced in autumn 2008. This involves:
- Returning some water channels to a more natural flow pattern to benefit brown trout, otter and water vole
- Repairing sluices and hatches to raise ground water levels to benefit waders such as lapwing, snipe, and redshank
- Removing some trees to recreate the open landscape that the moors had in the past
- Improving public access and information panels around parts of the site
Why not combine your visit with a stop at the National Trust's City Mill? Here you can watch footage of otters passing though the mill (Admission to the Mill is free to Wildlife Trust members).
Click here for upcoming events at Winnall Moors.
Dogs at Winnall Moors
Due to the sensitive nature of this reserve and the wildlife found there, dogs are not permitted at Winnall Moors. Find out more about dogs on our nature reserves here.
Make a donation by phone
The reserve is open all year round and there is no entry fee. Your donations help us to manage the reserve for wildlife and people’s enjoyment.
You can text a donation from your mobile phone by dialling 70070 and texting WINM10 followed by the amount you want to donate. E.G. WINM10 £5
You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. Please note that donations cannot be made in the following amounts - £6, £7, £8, and £9.