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Winnall Moors

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 water voles along the water vole trail leading from Winchester to Winnall Moors.

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. To reduce disturbance to sensitive wildlife and visitors, dog walking is not permitted at Winnall Moors.

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

Nearby nature reserves

Barton Meadows
1 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
St Catherine's Hill
2 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Hockley Meadows
3 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

On the edge of Winchester
Please see 'Getting to Winnall Moors'
Map reference
SU 490 306
Great for...
a family day out
Best time to visit
May - May
Jun - Jun
Jul - Jul
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Opening Times
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64.00 hectares
The southern part of Winnall Moors is open access all year round. Visits to the north are by arrangement or via guided walks. Contact the Reserve Officer for more information. . Surfaced, flat paths and benches make the reserve accessible to those with physical impairments as well as young children.
Walking information
Surfaced, flat paths and benches make the reserve accessible to those with physical impairments as well as young children. Please note that organised groups such as schools and cubs must pre-book their visit. There are benches to provide resting places for those with limited mobility.
Park in Durngate Pay and Display car park
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01489 774400