Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve is a nationally renowned wetland nature reserve with a rich habitat of rivers, marshlands, and scrapes. It’s excellent for birdwatching and attracts thousands of visitors each year hoping to spot a rare species.
From any of the seven easy-to-access viewing hides, visitors can see all kinds of wildlife beyond birds such as deer, foxes, and wetland plants. The reserve is a wonderful place to escape from busy towns and cities and offers a place to reconnect with nature. The staff at Titchfield Haven are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the reserve and are always happy to share their expertise with anyone wishing to learn more about the natural environment.
Tickets are available online and at the ticketing point, subject to availability.
The canal stretches for about two miles from Titchfield Village to Titchfield Haven and offers panoramic views across the reserve’s meadows.
With so much wildlife to see, there’s always an opportunity to spot something new. Make sure you stop for a moment to spot dragonflies darting into the water on one of your summer strolls – you might even catch sight of a water vole, too. In the evenings, keep a look out for bats and barn owls that are often seen and heard in this area.
Birdwatching and Wildlife
The reserve is a year-round attraction. It’s a winter refuge for ducks, geese and wading birds and a summer breeding ground for the rare Avocet. Historically, sightings have included a pair of breeding marsh harriers and a Squacco Heron. Birdwatchers often remark how close they can get to the wildlife, thanks to the posts in front of the hides and fallen trees in the river where birds rest. The larger Walkway Pond has an island refuge and attracts birds such as moorhens, mallards and a variety of warblers. You can reach every hide via the network of paths and boardwalks that meander through the natural landscape. You might even spot some of the river’s resident otters.
The reserve is a fantastic location for families. With an array of wildlife, easy access paths, hidden fairy doors, ponds & brass rubbing, children can enjoy exploring and discovering the amazing sights and sounds on offer. Duck food and children’s backpacks are available to hire from the ticketing area. Backpacks offer little adventurers plenty of opportunities to explore, with binoculars, a magnifying glass, brass rubbing kit and a scavenger hunt activity.
|Open (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:30||- 16:00|
|Bank Holiday||09:30||- 16:00|
* For safety they close the reserve when high winds, 40mph or faster are forecast.
Map & Directions
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The postcode PO14 3JT.
Public Transport Directions
Fareham Bus Station: X5 Solent Ranger to Stubbington Village and Bus 21 to Hill Head Rd. By foot head west for 0.5miles (approx. 8mins) to Titchfield Haven Visitor Centre, PO143JT.