OS Map 186, Grid Ref SU730526
Meeting place: Near the Derby Inn
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 March we will be returning to clear undergrowth to maintain the diversity of this more wooded part of the heath.
Meet at 10am. From the M3, junction 5, take the A287 south. At the first roundabout, take the first turning sharp left and drive to the end of the road, just past the Derby Inn, near the pottery. Look out for our yellow signs.