Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve

Wid shot view of Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve pond with Green Flag Award banner in the bottom left corner

Site information

  • Parking is available at Elvetham Heath Community Centre next to Morrisons.
  • Surfaced pathways
  • Sensory Trail - COMING SOON
  • Interactive rubbing posts - COMING SOON
  • Information boards
  • Map and noticeboards
  • Benches
  • Picnic tables
  • Bins
  • Wildlife pond

All group-led activities must contact the Education Ranger before they visit the site. Further information on organising educational visits can be found on our Education page

Where you'll find it

Google map image of Elvetham HeathSaint Swithins Road,
Closest postcode: GU51 1HG


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What you'll find there

The site covers approximately 26 hectares of public open space, consisting of heathland and woodland. Other attractions include a children’s play area, duck pond with picnic tables and an informal recreation ground with pine woodland. 

Elvetham Heath Local Nature Reserve and adjoining open spaces have been given a prestigious Green Flag Award.

The reserve has excellent pathways and board walks over the wet areas making access easy. All gates are suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and bicycles.

Please keep dogs under close control when in the gated areas during grazing times between March and mid-September.

Management Plan


Top 10 species found at Elvetham Heath: 

  1. Grass snake
  2. Slow worm
  3. Common lizard
  4. Smooth newt
  5. Round-leaved sundew
  6. Cross leaved heath
  7. Dodder
  8. Bog myrtle
  9. Ruddy darter
  10. Beautiful demoiselle

News and updates

  • To preserve social distancing, we have for the time being made the internal grazing areas at Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve a one-way system. The wider nature reserve area, the pond, the surrounding open space and the cycle way remain open as they are served by wide footpaths where people can readily pass whilst keeping good separation whereas within the internal grazing areas the footpaths are much narrower. To pass safely one has to step off the footpath onto wet ground and in doing so damage the protected areas.
  • We are in the process of installing a sensory trail and interactive rubbing posts, once we are able to start running activities and events again. We plan to have an open day to engage with the community about this new interactive feature at Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve.
  • Unfortunately, all activities and events for the time being for 2020 have either been cancelled or postponed during the current pandemic.
  • All volunteering is currently on hold, however if you are interested in helping out with volunteer tasks once they are up and running again, visit the Hart Voluntary Action website or call them on 01252 627070.