Worthys Conservation Volunteers receive prestigious recognition

Conservation At Worthy Down Halt September 2019

Years of active conservation work in and around the old Worthy Down Halt near Kings Worthy by the Worthys Conservation Volunteers has had official recognition, as the grassland around the platform is being proposed as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).

SINCs form a vital component of the biodiversity of Hampshire alongside statutory designated sites such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Whilst SSSIs protect the most important wildlife sites in Hampshire, there are many other important nature habitats which also contribute to the ecological network in the county.

To safeguard these special wildlife habitats they are designated SINC status, known nationally as Local Wildlife Sites.

They represent a legacy of good management and rely upon continued stewardship by landowners, and this is certainly true of Worthy Down Halt where the hard work by WCV over the years has made a real difference to the wildlife and flora, and the value and importance of the old station as a legacy for future generations.

The Watercress Way trustees and friends could not be more pleased that WCV work has been recognised in this way, particularly as they themselves have lent their assistance and support on numerous occasions.

Designating a SINC raises awareness of its importance for wildlife particularly with regard to planning and land management decision making.

An article celebrating conservation in The Worthys was published by WCV, describing the magnificent flora and insect life now seen at Worthy Down Halt.

Beautifully illustrated with photographs taken in the area, it is testament to the achievements of Worthys Conservation Volunteers.

For more information about the group, see their web page: http://www.worthysconservationvolunteers.org.uk/index.htm

Our Latest News


Railway bridges threatened

Highways England are planning to demolish or infill decommissioned railway assets that could instead be used by walkers and cyclists. 135 structures are currently at risk including the bridge  at Stoke Road, Itchen Abbas which is planned to be infilled. More info on the New Civil Engineer website. Please sign the Railway Rambler’s petition here:…

The Watercress Way At Dusk

2020 End of Year report – A busy year in lockdown

Trustees Mike Collis and Kim Adams look back on 2020 and what the charity has planned for 2021. This has been a difficult year for the charity with the restrictions during the Covid pandemic. We were unable to run our normal range of activities and fundraise. Despite this, we have had a busy year planning…

Christmas Ladybird Trail

The Watercress Way Children’s Trail – A ladybird is not just for Christmas!!

Do you know the answers to these questions? Where did ladybirds get their name from? Why won’t you see ladybirds at Christmas? Why are ladybirds called The Gardeners Best Friend? How long do they live? An outdoor quiz/treasure trail The answers to these questions will be found by the latest online quiz which can be…

View From The Bench Martyr Worthy November 2020

Trustees enjoy walking the Way during Lockdown 2020

During the difficult days of the repeated lockdowns the trustees have taken the opportunity of using