Welcome to the first in a series of pictorial guides from Warden Mike. He’s showcasing his top ten favourite viewpoints, selected from our ‘Greenspace on your doorstep’ directory.
Number 10: Bassetts Mead nr Hook in Hampshire
This magnificent view of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed from the comfort of a strategically placed bench at a high point. Click on the image for the full size version.
On my visits to Bassetts Mead I have been richly rewarded by its flora and fauna.
My favourite plant in the meadows is marsh woundwort, known for its medicinal properties – very soothing for cuts and grazes.
The botanical interest in the meadows is maintained in autumn & winter by the conservation grazing of British White cattle.
In the hedgerows I have enjoyed one of my only two bullfinch sightings in Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire in the last six years!
My favourite attraction at Bassetts Mead is the meandering River Whitewater, a fast-flowing chalk stream of shimmering pool-riffles…
…where, under the sun-dappled willow trees, reed buntings forage along the luscious banks.
For directions, information and more photographs, go to the Bassetts Mead Country Park entry in ‘Greenspace on your doorstep’.
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Picture credits: Marsh woundwort © kayclark123, bullfinch © Jonathan Campbell, reed bunting © Mark Kilner.