An ideal family short walk (just one mile in length) which takes in Anton Lakes nature reserve. If you are walking with children, there is also a children's playground on route (shortly after leaving the car park). Designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 1996 Anton Lakes is situated just north of Andover town centre. The reserve is made up of a range of habitats following its use for gravel extraction. The River Anton rises from springs within the reserve, flowing down through a series of old watercress beds, providing a habitat for the locally rare long-stalked yellow sedge. The river then flows into the lakes, which are themselves home to a variety of birds including the beautiful great-crested grebe. Other habitats include an area of chalk grassland providing an ideal habitat for a variety of butterfly species such as the marbled white and gatekeeper and an area of wet, fen meadow plays host to an impressive colony of southern marsh orchids. Although more difficult to find, otters and water voles also use the site.
The walking route follows a simple surfaced path around the lake, making it a simple and easy to navigate route. You will need to negotiate a couple of wooden bridges and a single metal gate. Approximate time 30 minutes.
The nature reserve has its own free car park which is located off the Redon Roundabout on the A343. The address for the nature reserve is Anton Lakes Local Nature Reserve, Andover, Hampshire SP10 3SY.
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