Wildern Local Nature Reserve

Wildern Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is now a reality following the Council’s successful application to Natural England. Founded on 3 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs), namely Bridget Mary Gardens, Hogsty Copse and Wildern Nature Park, it is a link in Hedge End’s urban wildlife corridor. This part runs from Wildern Lane to Upper Northam Road.

LNR status provides protection for the area in recognition of notable flora and fauna, as well as the public amenity and will be a great impetus for conservation efforts.

Friends of Wildern Nature Park (now Wildern LNR) worked closely with Hedge End TC over the last year to achieve this, developing a 10 year Management Plan.

Wildern LNR is, in essence, wetlands – a dozen ponds, two spring-fed brooks, two flooded meadows, flooded woodland, and a valley mire. More so than the countryside, this habitat mix mimics the lowlands landscape of eons ago.

Declaration of Wildern Local Nature Reserve 

Natural England have accepted Hedge End Town Councils declaration of Local Nature Reserve, for Wildern Nature Park and surrounding areas

Download the Wildern Local Nature Reserve Outline Management Plan here.

Photography by Terry Crow