A new wetland walk has been opened to visitors at Bramshot Farm Country Park following extensive work to create a wetland habitat for wildlife.
David Neighbour, leader of Hart District Council, and Chaiman Councillor Simon Ambler officially cut the ribbon on Monday and were the first to stroll along the pathway and enjoy the purpose-built viewing decks.
Hart’s Countryside Services have created a series of new ponds which control the flow and retention of water and make an ideal habitat for amphibians and reptiles. It is hoped that these works will attract the protected great crested newt back to the area.
The waterbodies will also be attractive to species of dragonfly and damselfly and a variety of waterfowl and wading birds.
The existing pathways have been upgraded for year-round access and educational boards will let visitors know about the wildlife that will live and rely on the area.
Councillor Ambler said: “This area now provides a unique and engaging countryside experience for visitors with the new wetlands adding further biodiversity to this wonderful amenity.”
Councillor Neighbour added: “With summer upon us, this is a great time to visit Hart’s green spaces. We have some excellent natural habitats to enjoy, including heathlands, woodlands, meadows, marshes and Hampshire’s largest freshwater lake at Fleet Pond.”
Visitors to the wetlands are asked to adhere to site signage and stick to the paths. Dogs must be kept on the lead for a bedding-in period whilst the wetlands settle.
For further information about the site, including how to get there, visit: www.hart.gov.uk/bramshot-farm-country-park
22 July 2021