OS Map 186, Grid Ref SU727534
Meeting place: Bartley Heath car park
Client: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
This is part of the Trust's empire of scattered fragments of land between North Warnborough and Hook. Until about 1870, North-east Hampshire was one of the least populated districts of Southern England, with a well-preserved ninth century landscape. Grazing has been reintroduced but its an on-going battle against birch regeneration.
Bartley Heath is a good place to see Marsh Gentian in the autumn.
A fine weekend was spent cutting, burning and treating birch. Previous recent work showed that good progress is being made in the battle of the birch.
In September we will be clearing scrub to maintain the open heath.
Meet at 10am in the Bartley Heath car park. From the M3, junction 5 take the B3349 towards Hook and the car park is 250m on your right. If you reach a roundabout you've gone too far. Look out for our yellow signs.