Deacon Hill Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationParking for 5 cars on layby off Morestead Road at ///division.jolt.chiefs
Grazing animalsCattle and sheep between July to December.
Circular mown path around the reserve about 1 mile. Path at top of ridge is uneven with minor cross slope. Paths elsewhere are uneven and slope steeply.
Kissing gate at ///september.buying.settled OS grid SU490276. Currently no access for wheelchairs or prams.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times.
Best time to visitSpring brings yellowhammer song and the beautiful site of Duke of Burgundy butterflies on the wing.
About the reserve
Deacon Hill is a 10 hectare patchwork of scrub and chalk grassland overlooking the Chilcomb valley, at the gateway to the South Downs National Park. It perches at the highest point of the chalk scarp to the east of the city, overlooking the Chilcomb valley. This fabulous site is Winchester’s only remaining stronghold for the Duke of Burgundy butterfly, as well as supporting a range of breeding farmland birds including whitethroat, yellowhammer, linnet and blackcap, and many other wildlife species such as the harvest mouse and glow worm.
The land was purchased by the Trust following a successful fundraising appeal, a gift in the Will of two local residents and generous grants from Hampshire County Council, the South Downs National Park and strong support from Officers and members of the Butterfly Conservation Hampshire Branch.