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The purpose of this page is to explore any issues affecting the conservation of wildlife in our area i.e. from Portchester in the west north to Denmead, west to Chalton and south to the coast around Nutbourne Bay.  If you are concerned about an issue that might interest others send me an e mail (click here).  I will restrict topics to those affecting conservation and exclude those which are more amenity related.

Havant Thicket Water Storage Reservoir

The plans for a large reservoir north of Havant are being dusted off and reviewed now that approval to build the reservoir is anticipated.  The programme now is as follows

2018 Submission of planning application
2019 Early preparatory work
2021 Site preparation
2023 Embankment Construction
2026 Filling and Commissioning
2028 Completion

The reviews will include an update of the environmental assessment by new contractors.  The reserve is expected to have a range of amenity facilities including a visitor centre and nature 'reserve' area which will probably be managed by Staunton Country Park.

Click here for a map of the reservoir as currently planned

Click here for Portsmouth Water's latest newsletter.



The Southmoor foreshore

October 2018

This somewhat controversial scheme is attracting  attention.

The basic plan was to breach the sea wall where it is currently damaged and allow the sea into the southern part of Southmoors.  A bund was to be built along the line of the current footpath from the end of Mill Land west across the field and then south to the sea wall.

Sadly the plans have been abandoned by the Environment Agency and the area will be allowed to flood naturally as the sea wall is breached by tide surges and storms.  The breach will create very valuable intertidal wildlife habitat but other anticipated habitat gains will no longer happen.

The footpath across Southmoor is likely to deteriorate following inundation and may become impassable.




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