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Ancells Farm

A fragment of wet heath with a wildlife-rich pond

A lack of grazing here before the Trust took on the reserve led to purple moor-grass dominating this heath, although heath spotted orchids, bog asphodel, heather and cross-leaved heath are spreading once more. In parts, the delightfully fragrant bog-myrtle is abundant. The pond supports a rich variety of wildlife in and around its water including the small red damselfly and the keeled skimmer dragonfly.


Nearby nature reserves

Whitehouse Meadow
1 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Wildmoor Heath
5 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
5 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

0.5 miles east of Fleet
GU51 2XF
Map reference
SU 824 557
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Best time to visit
Jun - Sep
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13.00 hectares
No rights of way but open access throughout. Ground very wet and boggy all year round. Surfaced footpath can be muddy in wet weather so wellies may be needed. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Surfaced footpath can be muddy in wet weather so wellies may be needed
Park on the right hand side of Ancells Road on the slope down to the reserve entrance opposite the playing fields. Space for 2 vehicles.
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Elliott Fairs
Tel: 01256 381190