Portsdown Hill is a ridge of chalk
that lies to the north of Portsmouth Harbour on the South Coast
of England. The north side of the hill is farmland, horse
paddocks and public open space, while the south side is a mix of
chalk grassland and scrub, much of it designated as a SSSI (Site
of Special Scientific Interest).
This website describes the open spaces managed by the staff and volunteers of the Portsdown Hill Countryside Service.
Besides the SSSI, there are other areas on nature conservation interest on the hill, including SINCs (Sites of Interest for Nature Conservation). A variety of landowners and agencies own and manage the rest of the hill including the MoD, local authorities and utility companies. Within these ownerships, fragments of the once widespread chalk downland habitat remain.
foodplants for caterpillars
Fencing around Fort Widley
Work is underway to install a fence around the back of Fort Widley. This will allow goats to graze on the vegetation between the fence and the edge of the moat. It is expected that the animals will control the bushes sufficiently well to enable much better views of the fort than at present. Since the fort is a listed building, the work has been agreed with Historic England. The fencing is presently being done by volunteers under the leadership of the Countryside Officer.
We were very pleased at the Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2017 on 6th June, as Portsdown Hill Conservation Volunteers won the team award for Environment and Conservation. This turned to total surprise near the end of the event when they also won the Volunteer Team of the Year award.
The awards are gratefully received in recognition of the work put in by volunteers over many years to assist the City Council and its sole employee in maintaining a high standard of access and interest.
Research is being conducted into the prevalence of TB in badgers. If you spot a dead badger, probably a road-kill, near the hill please inform Richard Jones (details above) ASAP. He will collect it if sufficiently fresh for the analysis to work.
Tesco Bags of Help
Details and pictures of the walkway funded by the Tesco grant are now on the Places page, along with a link to a map.
For matters and requests relating to management of the hill,
e-mail: Richard Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
telephone 023 9238 9623 or write to :
Richard Jones MIEEM, Portsdown Hill Countryside Officer,
Portsdown Hill Countryside Service, Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill Road,
Portsmouth, PO6 3LS
This website is maintained by Alan Thurbon for the Friends of Portsdown Hill. For comments or contributions, e-mail: FoPH (email@example.com)