Barton meadows after reseeding

© Martin de Retuerto

Barton Meadows Nature Reserve

The perfect spot for a relaxing walk with the family


Courtenay Road or Andover Road
SO23 7ER or SO23 7JS

OS Map Reference

SU479313 or SU482313
A static map of Barton Meadows Nature Reserve

Know before you go

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.


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


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 sits proudly in the heart of Winchester and consists of two large meadows surrounded by areas of rough grassland, hedgerow and trees.

Barton Meadows Nature Reserve was created during the planning process as part of the Kings Barton housing development and represents a significant achievement for the Wildlife Trusts. We are creating new habitats for wildlife displaced by the development and a quiet recreation space for local people. Extensive arable land has been converted into wildflower meadows with formerly widespread species such as birdsfoot trefoil, meadow buttercup, oxeye daisy and knapweed starting to establish.

Skylarks, yellowhammers and linnets can be seen across the reserve, as well as butterflies such as marbled white. The reserve now provides a good habitat for pollinating insects as well as feeding and nesting habitats for birds.

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

Support us

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

Support us