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Ancell's Farm and Foxlease Meadow

These two reserves lie side-by-side near to Fleet, in Hampshire.

Ancell's Farm is a fine example of wet heathland, and it was this that saved it from disappearing under a development project in the 1980s. The reserve is now in the care of the Hampshire Wildlife Trust, and BCV help out with the ever-present requirement of holding back the scrub which is constantly attempting to invade the reserve. More details on Ancell's Farm are on HWT's web-site - click here.

Foxlease Meadow is part of the Minley Manor MoD training area and has come under HWT's management more recently than Ancell's Farm. It is a network of grassland, fen and rush pasture meadows. There are many ditches criss-crossing the site and these provide habitats for dragonflies and damselflies. BCV made its first contribution towards the management work at Foxlease in October 2008. Visit HWT's web-site for more info - click here.