Claylands Road, Bishop's Waltham, Southampton, Hampshire SO32 1BH, UK

Immerse yourself in over eight hectares of the natural world just on the outskirts of Bishop’s Waltham. Formerly the site of an old clay working, today’s nature lovers can stroll through the lush, grassy meadows and woodlands and relax by the ponds which are now home to one of the largest populations of great crested newts in the country. Butterflies to be found here include Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow, Ringlets, Marbled White, Small and Essex Skippers and it’s always worth checking high in the oaks and ash trees for Purple Hairstreak butterflies dancing around the tree tops. In the summer the hay meadows and banks are a blaze of wildflowers and glow worms can be found after dark.

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