Yellowhammer

© Amy Lewis

Barton Meadows Nature Reserve

The perfect spot for a relaxing walk with the family

Location

Courtenay Road or Andover Road
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23 7ER or SO22 6AX

OS Map Reference

SU479313 or SU482313
A static map of Barton Meadows Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
32 hectares

Entry fee

Donations welcome

Parking information

No public parking

Walking trails

There is a 2.75 km circular path around the site. The path offers great views across the landscape.

Access

There is an accessible 2.75 km circular path around the perimeter of the site, but the meadows themselves are not accessible. 

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit

During the summer when the wildflowers are in bloom.

About the reserve

This nature reserve consists of two meadows which sit proudly in the heart of Winchester and represent a significant achievement for the Wildlife Trusts.

Barton Meadows nature reserve was created during the planning process for a housing development on Barton Farm. Our aim is to create new habitats for wildlife displaced by the development and a quiet recreation space for local people.

It is hoped that we can convert the arable land into wildflower meadows and although we are not there yet, in the next few years we hope to see native species that would once have been widespread in the area, including birdsfoot trefoil, meadow buttercups and ladies bedstraw. This in turn should attract farmland birds such as skylarks, yellowhammers and linnets.

A circular path around the reserve and a series of locally-produced benches offer excellent views across the rolling landscape.

Contact us

Elspeth Green

Location map

Map key

Map Key

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If you would like to help protect the wildlife at Barton Meadows nature reserve, join the Trust today or donate.

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