Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve is a wetland nature reserve with a rich habitat of rivers, marshlands and scrapes. It is excellent for birdwatching and attracts many people hoping to spot a rare species. From any of the eight easy-to-access viewing hides visitors can see all kinds of wildlife such as deer, foxes and wetland plants. The reserve is a wonderful place to escape from the busy towns and cities and to reconnect with nature. Events are held throughout the year for all age groups wishing to learn more about the natural environment.
The canal stretches for about two miles from Titchfield Village to Titchfield Haven and offers views across the reserve’s meadows. There is so much wildlife to see. On summer walks, make sure you stop for a moment on the banks of the canal to watch the fishes and dragonflies. Perhaps spot a water vole too. Keep a look out for the bats and barn owls that are often seen and heard in this area.
Birdwatcing and Wildlife
The reserve is a year-round attraction; it’s a winter refuge for ducks, geese and wading birds and it’s a summer breeding ground for the rare Avocet. In the past, sightings include 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. Sometimes otters play in the river as well. The larger Walkway Pond has an island refuge and attracts birds such as the Moorhen, Mallard and a variety of warblers. You can reach every hide via the network of paths and boardwalks that meander through the natural landscape.
The staff at Titchfield Haven are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the reserve. They run a host of activities for adults and children all through the year. Tickets are available online and in the visitor centre, along with general information.
Art and Exhibitions
The corridor between the shop and the café has a permanent exhibition about the natural history of the Solent. It also provides space for local artists to exhibit their craft work including jewellery, glassware and kitchenware. Every three months there is a new display of artwork in the café, often by nationally renowned artists and photographers.
The reserve is a fantastic location for families. With an array or wildlife, easy access paths, hidden fairy doors, ponds & brass rubbing, children can enjoy exploring and discovering the amazing sights and sounds on offer. Backpacks are available to hire and include binoculars, magnified glass, brass rubbing kit & scavenger hut. A perfect additional activity to help little adventurers explore.
Food and Drink
The café has plenty to offer, whether you want to stop for a quick sandwich, relax with a meal or take afternoon tea. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold drinks as well as seasonal and themed treats.
The shop is where you can purchase tickets for the reserve, find out about the latest wildlife sightings and borrow binoculars (subject to availability). The shop stocks natural history books, bird food and feeders, quality gifts, greeting cards, pocket money toys and much more. It also sells food for the ducks in the harbour.
* British summer time: 9.30am -5pm and British winter time: 9.30am - 4pm
The Nature Reserve, Visitor Centre and Tea Rooms will be closed on the 25th and 26th December.
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.