Elvetham Heath Local Nature Reserve is a tranquil countryside walk in an otherwise busy estate, where Dog Walkers exercise their pets, ramblers host their walks and Scouts earn their badges, as well as a welcome retreat for the local wildlife.
This beautiful reserve, managed by Hart Countryside Service, includes heathland, wet woodland, and a variety of peaceful green spaces, with many scarce species such as Southern Marsh Orchids, Sundews and Tree Pipits to name but a few.
The area contains a cycle route through dappled light between beautiful heathland. In the summer months rare breed cattle such as Belted Galloway & Irish Moiled can be spotted grazing amongst the heather. These gentle beasts help to maintain the heathland for the multitude of wildlife that relies on it.
Green space that surrounds the Nature Reserve also includes a scenic pond for wildfowl and presents a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of every day life. There are numerous carved benches dotted around to rest and relax and have the odd sunny picnic. The pond contains a well used Duck House and a raised boardwalk where people can stop to feed the birds. There are also two play parks providing a safe and enjoyable space for parents and their children to enjoy.
A range of activities are carried out at the nature reserve for people who want to get more involved, these include guided walks, educational field trips and wildlife conservation volunteer days.