Location: SZ 310 91 - Milford on Sea - 1 mile. Stay at Hurst View Road: Head south from Lyndhurst on the A337
through Lymington and Pennington, turn left
onto the B3058 and go through Milford on
Sea to Keyhaven. There is a public car park
opposite the pub (access to the Coastal Way)
or go past and follow the road down to the
right to the car park near Hurst Spit.
Take a bus to Milford on Sea from which the
reserve can be reached with 5 minutes walk.
Ferries run from Keyhaven harbour to Hurst.
Admission: Free Facilities: Paths. Information Centre. Telephone: 01489 774400 Features: One of the best bird watching spots in Hampshire.
The salt marshes that stretch along the New Forest coast from Hurst Castle to Pitts Deep are managed by the Trust on behalf of New Forest District Council and the Lymington Harbour Conservancy. This large area of coastal marsh and mud flats supports internationally important numbers of birds and specialised plants. There are large creeks between the saltmarsh which are nursery areas for fish and at low tide birds feed on the exposed mud. Internationally important for breeding
birds. Black-headed Gulls breed in large
numbers along with Little and Sandwich
Terns. The most conspicuous breeding
waders are Oystercatcher (right), Ringed Plover
Marshes - Hants WT
Part of the large Langstone Harbour. Location: SU685045 - Langstone Harbour, north of Portsmouth. Road: Track from flyover where A2030 joins A27 Admission: Free Facilities: Paths. Information Centre. Telephone: 01703 613636 Features: Excellent area for wildfowl and waders. Farlington
Marshes is one of several good viewing areas of this large
site. Nationally important numbers of Dunlin and Brent Geese.
Greenshank (illustrated right),
Spotted Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits on passage. Black-necked
Down - English Nature (NNR)
grassland and scrub. Location: SU057192 - SE of Salisbury. Facilities: Footpath access to most of reserve. Admission: Free (groups should book with Warden in advance). Features: Natural chalk grassland and scrub, with fine
coolection of downland plants and butterflies. Nightingale and
warblers breed, and Hen Harrier and Short-eared Owl occur in
Test Marshes - Hants WT
at head of Southampton Water. Location: SU364150 - Between Totton and Redbridge. Road: M271 S to Redbridge. Facilities: Hides. Admission: Free. Features: Pasture, meadow and reedbed.