Barton Meadows Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeDonations welcome
Parking informationNo public parking
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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times.
Best time to visitDuring 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.