Alton Natural History Society (ANHS)/British Entomological & Natural History Society (BENHS)
Field Meeting: Bordon Inclosure, Site of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace, Bordon, North Hampshire VC12. By kind permission of the Deadwater Valley Trust and Whitehill Town Council. Please contact the leader before the date of the meeting to confirm your attendance and to be made aware of any possible changes.
Meet at the car park at the OS Grid Ref. at approximately SU800360 off of St Lucia Park Road numbers 197-200 (this road maybe unmarked on some maps as it is former Army married quarters) just after the pedestrian access and large ornamental sign for Bordon Inclosure. Access to this is off the A325 road, if coming from the north, e.g. Farnham, you take the road to the left (east) beside the new housing area called Quebec Park, which is after (south) of the “One Stop” post office and supermarket and the old building marked Bordon Post Office (now the sorting office), both on the right-hand (west) side of the road. If coming from the south, e.g. Petersfield on the A325, you pass through the centre of Bordon past Budds Lane on your left and at approximately 100m past the bus stop on the left you take the right turn, opposite Martinique House.
On entering this road it states on a sign on the left of the road that you are in Trenchard Park, proceed down the slope of the road past the new Radian housing estate on the left (Quebec Park). Go past the two small roads on the right and continuing over the road humps for about 100m, beyond the left-hand bend, is the car park on the right for the Inclosure, which has a height barrier. For both meetings extra parking maybe available within the SANG, this will be particularly important for moth trappers to unload equipment, provided the local ranger, Jamie Cummins is able to be present with the keys.
Our walk around the sixty plus acres of this site includes deciduous trees, including oak, hornbeam, birch, beech, willow and black poplar and coniferous plantation as well as wet areas with board walks, ponds, carr and river edge habitats and the nearby wet heathland of Alexandra Park. This latter area is a Site of Interest to Nature Conservation (SINC) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR), it is not part of the SANG but is connected to the site. Local residents will be invited to participate and accompany those present at the meeting to learn about its’ natural history and they may have dogs on leads with them, as this is a public site designed to attract dog walkers away from the nearby internationally designated SSSI and SPA sites of Wealden Heathland.