Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve



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The Titchfield Haven NNR near Fareham covers 369 acres of the Meon Valley, encompassing a rich mosaic of natural habitats. The river, fen, pools, reedbed and meadow areas are all carefully managed by Hampshire County Council, giving protection to a range of special wildlife. In summer, birds such as oystercatchers, black-headed gulls and avocets, are all fledging and feeding their young, while dragonflies and damselflies buzz through the air and reptiles like the common lizard, slow worm and grass snakes are often seen basking on the boardwalks of the reserve. Reed warbler, moorhen, common tern, black-headed gull, black-tailed godwit and bearded tits can also often be spotted on the reserve. In winter, the reserve is witness to a real wildlife spectacle as hundreds of ducks, geese and wading birds flock together to feed and roost on the meadows. These include lapwing, teal, shoveler, bittern, oystercatcher, grey heron and common snipe.

Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve
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About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

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