Copythorne Common Nature Reserve

Long Tailed Tit © John Windust

Long Tailed Tit © John Windust

A verdant window into the past and a great place to see reptiles


Old Romsey Road,
SO40 2PB (to Copythorne Infant School)

OS Map Reference

SU 309 154
A static map of Copythorne Common Nature Reserve

Know before you go

17 hectares

Entry fee

Donations welcome

Parking information

Parking available outside Copythorne school

Grazing animals

Cattle and ponies

Walking trails

There is one foot path across the site. Paths are unsurfaced and can be slippery when wet.


Contact the Trust for disabled access information.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Visit in spring to see the wealth of insect life supported by this reserve.

About the reserve

Copythorne Common nature reserve is a site brimming with history, with dips and hollows created by the US army prior to D-Day scattered liberally around. Here you will see what remains of the soldiers' slit trenches, as well as where the troops dug their tank into the ground.

This reserve is a mixture of dry heath and acid grassland, home to a variety of reptiles including common lizards, slow worms and adders. On warm days, you may see them basking in the sun. It is also a great place to hear the flute-like song of woodlarks and the cheerful chattering of long-tailed tits. The reserve is currently in mid-transformation, and is being restored to heathland.

Contact us

Martin Boxall
Contact number: 07970 564525

Environmental designation

National Park
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

Location map