The Fen lies alongside the river Itchen and has chalk stream, fen and woodland habitats. It is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation but has little active management. The group was founded in 2017 local volunteers, to study the site and help to manage it for biodiversity.
We are scything some of zone 3 to maintain and improve the habitat.
With the relaxation of social distancing, we were able to have a workparty recently to scythe some areas in zone 3, as we do each summer. This helps to remove nutrients from the area and suppress the vigorous grasses that would otherwise smother the wild flowers. We were fortunate to have help from Tom Paxton, a local scyther who is very experienced in the management of Itchen Valley habitats. Many thanks to him and to all who came to help.
2020 Clausentum Fen Conservation Group