Curbridge Nature Reserve

Looking across the River Hamble at Curbridge Nature Reserve on the estate at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Stunning ancient oak woodland that runs alongside the river Hamble. Mature and veteran oaks and ash, with an understorey of hazel coppice, holly and wild service trees.

The site holds several designations: it is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), forms part of an Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and is also part of a Special Protection Area (SPA).

These designations are mainly due to the importance of the site for overwintering waterfowl, wild birds, salt marsh and estuarine habitat and scarce invertebrate species.

Managing Curbridge Nature Reserve

The site has minimal intervention in terms of management, in order to keep the tranquillity of the ancient woodland setting.

However we do carry out coppicing, tree survey/emergency works, litter picking, and are currently in the process of obtaining an area of land parallel to the woodland so that we can plant up more trees. This will help the woodland expand backwards into this area, as more trees are lost to the river, and so help prevent the total loss of the woodland.

We also own the meadows on the other side of the river, these being tenanted out to farmers for grazing and cutting. Within these meadows lies the site of an ancient roman villa which is a designated monument.

Planning your visit

Park in the Burridge village hall car park and walk down the lane to the wood and shore.
Access is at the discretion of the landowner so please stick to the designated footpath.