Our Solent nature reserves are comprised of a range of interesting and diverse habitats found along our coastal region. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust manages these important areas for both nature conservation and education. Our largest nature reserves in the area include:

Farlington Marshes nature reserve is our premier bird reserve on the south coast. Found just outside Portsmouth it offers a range of habitats, primarily grazing marsh, which supports a huge range of waders and wildfowl, especially in the winter months. Species such as marsh harrier and short-eared owl can often be seen here.

Swanwick Lakes nature reserve is our primary education facility in the area, which caters for a wide range of school and community groups. Formerly a brickworks and clay extraction site, the reserve is now a large woodland area, with several lakes and meadows. Today the reserve is rich with orchids, birds and dragonflies and an excellent place for butterflies in the summer, with species such as silver washed fritillary. Swanwick Lakes nature reserve is part of a partnership project between the Trust and NATS.

For more information on our Solent nature reserves please follow the links below:

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust strives to create a better future for wildlife and wild places in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We’re the leading wildlife charity in the two counties and with the support of our 26,000 members we’re taking effective action to protect our natural heritage. We’re also part of a UK-wide partnership of 47 Wildlife Trusts; together we are the nation’s most active and influential nature conservation partnership protecting wildlife in every part of the UK. Find out more at www.hiwwt.org.uk