Deacon Hill Nature Reserve

Deacon Hill by Carmen Green (1)

Deacon Hill Nature Reserve

10 hectare patchwork of scrub and chalk grassland overlooking the Chilcomb valley.


Deacon Hill, Winchester, SO21 1HR

OS Map Reference

A static map of Deacon Hill Nature Reserve

Know before you go

10 hectares

Parking information

Parking for 5 cars on layby off Morestead Road at ///division.jolt.chiefs

Grazing animals

Cattle and sheep between July to December.

Walking trails

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.


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit

Spring 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.

Contact us

Mike Allen
Contact number: 07831 692963