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NEWS FEED: Conservation

Wiston Estate sets out commitment to future as part of National Park

August 16th, 2017

Plans to create ‘tranquility’ zones; regenerate a quarry into a sustainable base for tourism; do more to raise people’s awareness of their impact on each other and wildlife; create a monastic retreat and travellers’ rest; and provide services and space for local businesses are just some of the ambitions set out by the Wiston Estate […]

Pondtail Wood – works progressing under new owner

August 14th, 2017

We are pleased to report that the new owner of Pondtail Wood is working with the SDNPA, the Forestry Commission and Natural England. Works are progressing well to remove the waste and hard-core from the central/lower area of the site, in accordance with the requirements of the planning enforcement notice – this is being undertaken […]

‘Ratty’ has returned to Meon valley

August 11th, 2017

Water voles, which were once extinct in the Meon Valley in Hampshire, are now thriving again on the river and its tributaries following a five-year project to reintroduce the animal which inspired the character Ratty in Wind in the Willows. The first water voles were released at Titchfield Haven, managed by Hampshire County Council, in […]

On the Ground in July 2017

August 2nd, 2017

Don’t forget to say hello if you spot our rangers and volunteers out working in the National Park. Here’s a taste of what they achieved in July 2017. Worked with the East Meon Cub Group planting sedges, water mint, brooklime, water forget-me-not and marsh marigold into stream berms. Carried out butterfly surveys on three key […]

Don’t go chasing water voles

August 2nd, 2017

In 2013 the first water voles were released at Titchfield Haven as part of an ambitious project to reintroduce these locally-extinct animals to the River Meon. Five years and almost 2,500 water voles later we asked some of the people involved what the project has meant to them. Once a common sight in the Meon […]

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