Reedbeds and former water meadows along the River Itchen
It is easy to forget that at this site, the bustling city centre is a short walk away. Plantlife is diverse here, and the rare green-flowered helleborine is found under willow trees in the southern part of this site. Unusually for a chalk stream, the Itchen has many different species of breeding dragonfly including the broad-bodied chaser and common darter. Habitat restoration work is seeking to encourage breeding redshank, lapwing and snipe.
For more information on Winall Moors Nature Reserve, read the reserve leaflet here or use the story trail whilst on your visit. You can also look out for our Kingfishers on the live webcam thanks to Spycamera.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust manage our nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife and we would like to thank all of our visitors that take care when walking on our nature reserves. We are working hard to engage with the dog walking community, in particular those that visit our nature reserves with their dog. The Trust’s "Dogs on Reserves" project has produced a leaflet that explains how to act responsibly on our nature reserves, along with some general guidance for dog walking visitors and advice about walking amongst cattle.
Getting to Winnall Moors
The Durngate entrance is at Durngate Place, Winchester, SO23 8DX, opposite the Willow Tree pub OS grid reference SU 486 297.
Car: From M3 junction 9, take Easton Lane into Winchester. After 1 mile road forks right, immediately after on right is Durngate pay and display car park and reserve.
For sat nav users: SO23 8DX to Durngate pay and display car park.
Train: Winchester is ¾ mile away. Leave from Station Hill exit, walk down hill onto City Road, becoming North Walls Road. Pass the police station on left and fork left towards Winnall via Durngate Place. Durngate entrance to Winnall Moors is on bridge over River Itchen.
Bus: Winchester bus station is ½ mile away. From the bus station Turn left onto Broadway, at roundabout turn left onto B3330 (Eastgate Street). Turn right down Durgate Terrace. The Durngate reserve entrance is opposite.
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
If you'd like to support Winnall Moors Nature Reserve you can make a text donation, by texting WINM10 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070. e.g.WINM10 £5
Please note that donations can only be made in the following amounts: £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10