Whiteley, near Fareham
OS Landranger Map 196 Grid Ref SU532093
Client: Hampshire County Council, Countryside Service
Round Coppice is 16 hectares of ancient woodland and one of a group of three wooded areas, collectively known as the Whiteley Copses. The other two, Gull and Berry Coppices, are close by.
It has been designated as a "Site of Importance for Nature Conservation" (SINC) by Hampshire County Council. The SINC also covers the meadow behind the Solent Hotel since it has never been chemically improved. This means it cannot be built on or planted and must be mown once a year in late summer to protect its spectacular show of orchids and scabious.
A family of roe deer can often be seen hiding somewhere amongst the trees. See the HCC website on Whiteley Copses for more on its wildlife and history.
Our first task here will be removal of plastic fencing which has protected regrowing coppice from the local browsing deer.
Meet at 10am in the lay by off Whiteley Way opposite Parkway. From Junction 9 of the M27 head north towards Whiteley. Go across the first roundabout onto Whiteley Way, the lay by will be short way further up on the left. Look out for our yellow signs.