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Carters Copse Nature Trail

Carters Corpse

To go on the Nature Trail follow points 1-5 for a shorter walk or points 1-8 to complete the circuit.

 

 

1. Entering Carter's Copse here you will see Gosport's oldest fortification - a Motte and Bailey. This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It was built by the Normans to defend a crossing point on the River Alver.

2. A slight deviation from the Nature Trail takes you to Hangmans' Hollow. The story goes that Rabbit Skin Jack, a poacher, hung himself from this oak tree. His ghost is supposed to haunt the woods.

3. Back on the main route, the inner path takes you through the alder carr, a marshy area of woodland. Wetland plants like yellow iris and marsh marigold grow here, and birdlife, blackbirds, wrens etc are abundant with siskins and redpolls in the Winter.

4. The boardwalk crosses an area where we are trying to encourage reed to grow. Reedbed is a very important habitat. Being wet here reed should grow well and will also provide good cover for wildlife. Alder trees of varying ages occur here.

5. From this point you have a good view over a small reedbed. To manage this area half the reedbed is cut every winter and the dead vegetation removed. This does not remove all the reed at one time and provides habitat for reed and sedge warblers. By taking the path across the reedbed, you can return to Carter's Copse car park. Or by doubling back explore the other areas of the Copse.

6. This path takes you through an area of gorse. This plant supports a large number of insects and therefore birds. The path edge has a number of wild flowers including white campion, greater stitchwort and wood sage. The path rejoins the main track near the pond.

7. This glade leads up to the car park. Silver birches line the glade. It is quite a sunny spot here and very good for butterflies such as small tortoiseshells and speckled woods.

8. Along this path are several large oaks of about 200 years. Oak trees support 284 insect species and an abundance of other wildlife like squirrels, tawny owls and woodpeckers. Bramble too is good for small mammals like mice and bank voles.

 

Remember!

Carter's Copse is an important area of nature conversation. We hope you enjoy it's unique attractions.

 

Please observe the following:-

 

  • Take all litter home.
  • Do not pick or uproot flowers or plants.
  • Do not start fires.
  • Do not remove dead wood. This is an
    important part of the ecosystem -
    200 insect species live in and on dead wood.
  • Keep your dog under control.