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keyhaven nature reserve
keyhaven nature reserve

Keyhaven Nature Reserve

Hampshire County Council purchased this stunning area of coastline between 1973 and 2006 to protect its unique historical and wildlife heritage. The reserve covers nearly 500 acres between the mouth of the Lymington River and the village of Keyhaven.

In the Nature Reserve you can catch great views of the marshes and their wildlife from the Solent Way footpath which runs along the coast side of the reserve. There are also other circular walks within the Reserve that are on local footpaths. The reserve is open every day of the year which is ideal if you're looking for a nice quiet relaxed walk amongst some beautiful scenery.

There is an abundance of wildlife here at the reserve, on a good day you could spot some of the following: Foxtail Stonewort, Lagoon Shrimp and starlet Sea-anemone, wildfowl such as Mallard, Shoveler and Teal as well as wading birds including Whimbrel, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint to name a few.

The nature reserve lies between Lymington and the village of Keyhaven. Car parking is available at the Bath Road car park in Lymington (SZ 332 950), Keyhaven amenity car park (SZ 306 914) near to The Gun Inn, and at Lower Pennington Lane (SZ 318 927). There is limited road side parking at Maiden Lane (SZ 326 940), and Ridgeway Lane (SZ 323 934).

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Walking at Keyhaven Nature Reserve

There is an easy walk along the sea wall with views of Keyhaven harbour, the Isle of Wight and Hurst Spit. This is a good spot for bird watching.

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Why not incorporate a visit to Keyhaven Nature Reserve with a walk along Hurst Spit?

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