Conservation Area History
Further history/information about the site after the Official Opening can be found in the Post Categories.
3rd September 2006
Official opening of Wildlife Conservation Area by Parish Council Chairman Geoff Sharman. Followed by a walk up to Yew Hill for joint picnic with Butterfly Conservation, to consume butterfly cakes, elderflower and blackcurant juice etc.
Weeding, watering, mowing. Even a Bank Holiday working party.
More work parties, watering and weeding. Drought threatens again, with occasional heavy rain not enough to give a good soaking. Perhaps 10% of shrubs have not made it. Second round of selective spraying of surviving brambles. Part of the meadow hand-mown with shears to encourage lower plants.
The hottest month in Britain since records began.
More formal and informal work parties, watering and systematic weeding around young trees to reduce competition. Slow worms spotted. Drought threatens trees until rain at end of the month.
Trees are doing well with just a couple of casualties but the area looks terrible as nettles are growing fast and quite a lot of brambles, and profuse growth of cleavers. A mixture of hand pulling and spraying is used to get matters under control. New field gate installed to provide access for mowing etc.
More bramble clearing. Local Brownies plant a hawthorn hedge. Grant from HCC’s Hampshire Villages Initiative.
Working parties rake out roots in meadow area
7th, 8th, 21st, 22nd January 2006
Community Planting Days. Many local people join in planting shrubs and trees including hazel, hornbeam, whitebeam, spindle, guelder rose, crab apple and alder buckthorn.
17th and 18th December 2005
Parties meet to make the cleared site safe, investigate a sewer access, clear uncovered rubble etc.
13th December 2005
Contractors clear bramble forest ready for replanting with native chalk downland species. Area to south of the path left to support wildlife and bramble jelly.
11th December 2005
Site survey confirms that no badgers are in residence.
OBCG holds a site meeting. Hanson Environment Fund awards a grant for Wildlife Conservation Area works.
Quite a while ago
Sewage works abandoned to secondary blackberry forest and a couple of rabbits. Sorry 4. No 8. Crikey.
Wildlife Conservation Area used as sewage works. (details anyone please?)
Oliver unimpressed with flat Battery, takes it out on Cathedral.
Purkis’s cart carries body of feudal tyrant Rufus over track from Port Lane to Whiteshute. Purkis pauses to admire Wildlife Conservation Area. Allegedly.
1066 and all that
England unsettled by French-speaking vikings.
Battery flat. Under cover of darkness Winchester becomes capital of Wessex, then capital of England.
Prescient Belgians build Battery for Oliver. Recharged by Romans.
Round barrows appear near Texas Drive, aliens suspected.
Continent cut off by North Sea. Farmers invent countryside.
English Channel invented. Hampshire Steppes replaced by forest. Boris Butterfingers looses quartzite macehead at Battery, delaying further development.
Hampshire Steppes resettled by Iberian hunter gatherers.
Erosion, woolly mammoths, etc. Weather variable, arctic with sub-tropical intervals. Core of Winchester Anticline exposed to public scorn and ridicule, ripe for redevelopment as civic amenities site. Oliver’s Battery unbowed. Humans withdraw from Britain with frostbite.
Dangerous driving by Africa causes Alps. Whiplash in vicinity of Winchester Anticline, Wildlife Conservation Area listing badly.
Winchester uplifted by continental movements, Southampton stuck in mud. Plus ça change.
Wildlife Conservation Area under warm sea. Schools of marine reptiles drop thick piles of chalk dust. Falling educational standards and mass extinction.