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Botley Wood

Titchfield Lane, near Fareham
Grid ref SU551103
Client: Martin Jewell, Hampshire County Council, Countryside Service

Botley Wood is a 108 hectare woodland in the heart of South Hampshire. Formally a wetland and coppiced woodland, Botley boasts a rich variety of scarce plants and animals. These species relate to this habitat history. The woodland is now composed of plantation stands of conifer. It is the areas between these that harbour most of the species of interest. The network of tracks, ditches and trails are home to many scarce species of plant. An array of insects including rare butterflies such as the Purple Emperor can be spotted. The site is managed to maintain and enhance these open areas. Over time the conifer stands will be harvested and natural regeneration of native woodlands encouraged. This will further enhance Botley Wood as a high value conservation area.

In September we will be carrying out management work to improve the habitat for the many important species that live here.

Directions

Meet at 10am at the Wood's entrance on Titchfield Lane. From Botley or Shedfield drive on A334 towards Wickham, turn right into Titchfield Lane continue south 2 mile's until Botley Wood gate on right (under power lines). Drive through gate and park along access road near the work site.
From M27 junction 9 go east on A27 over Segensworth roundabout and next roundabout then left into Fontley Lane. Drive past Titchfield Abbey under M27 and continue north until Titchfield Lane. Continue north 1 mile until Botley Wood gate on left (under power lines). Drive through gate and park along access road near work site. Look out for our yellow signs.

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