The Reserve covers 369 acres of the Meon Valley, encompassing a mosaic of natural habitats. River, fen, pools, reedbed and meadow are carefully managed, giving protection to a range of special wildlife.
Water Vole were re-introduced in 2013 and Ratty can now frequently be seen in the canal and ditches on the Reserve.
Each season brings new interest, from the spectacular black-headed gulls in the spring and summer to flocks of golden plover in the winter. Reserve ‘specials’ include bearded tits and Cetti’s warblers which both breed every year.
Spring and summer bring a new interest to the Reserve with over 20 species of butterfly spotted each year.
Delicate damsels and feisty dragons can be spotted throughout the summer and into the autumn. Look for the common darter sunbathing on sunny autumn days.