Hillier Way, Winchester
OS Map 186, Grid Ref SU484306
Client: Rachel Remnant, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
See their web page for more details.
We have been regular visitors to Winnall Moors. Fast-growing shrubs and trees, such as willow, have been cut back to maintain the wetlands. Fencing in the more remote, and normally out-of-bounds, northern parts of the reserve has been removed in some places, and added elsewhere. Extra gates have been installed at Durngate to ensure that the cattle do not escape into the city centre.
The Moors played a key part during the floods of February 2014. Large parts of the site was used to hold back water which would otherwise have been running through the streets and properties of Winchester.
Part of the task here was to install rustic post and rail fencing each side of a new gate at the main entrance. It's not something we do very often, so the practice was useful.
In November we will be clearing invasive scrub to protect the open habitat.
Meet at 10am. Park in the car park in Hillier Way near the rugby club. From the B3047 Worthy Road, between Winchester and Kings Worthy, turn east into Russell Road then right at the end and immediately left into Hillier way. The car park is short way down on your left. Look out for our yellow signs.