Walk 31 – Guided Nature & Conservation Walk Around Noar Hill
DATE: Wednesday 24 August 2022
START LOCATION: Selborne Car Park
WHAT3WORDS/GRID REF: ///performed.tribal.motivator; SU742 335
DISTANCE: 4 miles
DURATION: 3 hours
Melanie will guide you on a walk along ancient trackways to Noar Hill, once the site of medieval chalk workings and now a 20-hectare nature reserve, home to many rarities. You will spend time considering conservation management and exploring the niche habitats the site offers to precious chalk downland species. There should be an opportunity to spot late flowering plants and butterflies on the wing. Bring binoculars and hand lenses if possible. The car park is very close to the Selborne Arms pub, so why not end your walk with a leisurely drink or meal in their garden.
Melanie Oxley is a local botanist, ecologist and wildlife campaigner with a background in expert-led campaigns for Plantlife, the wild plant charity. She has worked with not-for-profit groups and developers to try and secure the best outcomes for wildlife. Now retired, she assists a number of local groups including the Petersfield Society and the Petersfield Physic Garden. She recently became a Wilder Garden Champion with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, who manage Noar Hill’s High Meadow.