Newnham nr. Hook
OS Explorer 144, Grid ref SU715552 (meeting point)
Client: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
College Copse Farm was purchased by the Wildlife Trust in June 2013. It comprises of 25ha of permanent pasture, 15ha of woodland, hedgerows and a lake. There are various veteran trees and an impressive multi-stemmed Wild Service Tree. The farm is used as a holding area for livestock when they aren't required on other reserves, or when the cattle need medical treatment or a safe place to give birth. Grassland provides fodder for the Trust's herds in northern Hampshire. Although the farm isn't classed as a nature reserve it is now in Natural England's Higher Level Stewardship scheme, so the land is actively managed and improved for wildlife. Training and educational events are held on the farm.
We have constructed a cattle crush, done various repairs to deer-fencing around a wood, and assisted with hedgelaying along a footpath, and erected new fencing around the farm to help control animal movements.
In April and May we will continue with work to upgrade the fencing.
Meet at 10am at the farm. From junction 5 of the M3 take the A287 north west towards the A30. At the crossroads with the A30, by a pub, go straight across into Old School Road towards Newnham. At the Junction with Newnham Road turn left and follow it. At a crossroads turn right into Ridge Lane and on past the Gordon Brown Outdoor Education Centre. Shortly after this turn right just past the turning to Home Farm onto a track. There is a stone marker here. The Trust's farm buildings are a short distance on the left. Look out for our yellow signs.