Winchester nature reserves

Winchester Nature Reserves

Winnall Moors Nature Reserve © Deryn Hawkins

Winchester has a number of fantastic of reserves

We offer educational visits at the reserves listed below

  • Winnall Moors nature reserve is a beautiful wetland habitat situated right in the heart of Winchester, complete with water voles, toads, and otters. The clear chalk streams, rustling reedbeds and historic water meadows create a calm and inspiring learning environment.
  • Barton Meadows nature reserve, which we are working to recreate the kind of beautiful wildlife-rich meadow habitat that would have once been widespread in the Winchester area. A circular path leads around the reserve, offering great views across the newly-enhanced landscape. A dedicated education area contains log circles, bug hotels and den building structures.
  • St Cross and St Faith’s Meadows offers streams, meadows and wet woodland which makes this tranquil place a great home for a diverse range of wildlife.
  • Thanks to generous funding from the Vitacress Conservation Trust we offer free half or full day visits to the Vitacress farm at Abbot’s Ann. Explore the farm, and learn more about the watercress growing process as well as exploring all the wildlife the farm has to offer.
Pond dipping at Winnall Moors

© Steve Page

Activities in Winchester

Our Winchester nature reserves offer a great variety of activities for schools, preschools and further education groups. These include guided walks, river field work and exploratory sessions looking at the creatures that live amongst us.

Children pond dipping © Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Pond dipping © Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Booking & Contact Details

To book your visit to any of the reserves above, or for further information on activities, please contact the Winchester Education Officer on 01962 828629.

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Information for schools and groups

Find out more about our education work, helping children connect with the natural world around them 


Safeguarding and Child Protection 

We take child protection and safeguarding very seriously. Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Statement sets out how we implement child protection and safeguarding across the Wildlife Trust and who to contact if you have questions or concerns.