Grid Ref SU495076
Client: Hampshire County Council, Countryside Service
Wendleholme Nature Reserve is the northern outpost of Hook
with Warsash Local Nature Reserve, which is over 500 acres at the
mouth of the river Hamble, with a shoreline almost 3 miles long.
There are no obvious boundaries to the Wendleholme section.
Walking from Holly Hill, the footpath goes over a footbridge into Wendleholme and leads you uphill through dense woodland. There is little evidence of the open parkland which was once part of the Sarisbury Court estate (formerly known as Holly Hill House estate). Impressive ancient oaks have been left with fallen branches alongside them. Some Wellingtonia can be found. On the higher ground you come to the areas of grassland more easily accessible from Holly Hill Lane. This is where we have worked so far.
In November we will be clearing invasive scrub that is threatening to smother the open areas so important for a variety of wildlife.
Meet at 10am at the end of Holly Hill Lane, Warsash. From the A27 at Sarisbury Green turn south onto Barnes Lane for Warsash. Then turn first right into Holly Hill Lane, go past Crableck Lane on your right and then left at the fork where there is a sign saying Sarisbury Court (ignore the private sign). Look out for the yellow HCV flags.