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Rowhill Nature Reserve

Nature reserveCar parking

Bluebells at RowhillRowhill Nature Reserve covers 55 acres and was once part of a private estate which produced
timber and bricks. Signs of both of these old industries are still in evidence.

Given Local Nature Reserve status in 1985 it is
now returning, in part at least, back into the working wood it had once been. It comprises
mostly mixed deciduous woodland and working coppice and is also the source of the River Blackwater.

As well as the deciduous woodland, whichis noted for its Bluebells in spring (pictured right) a surprisingly diverse range of other habitats can be found including:

  • heathland
  • meadow
  • sphagnum bog
  • ponds
  • streams
  • pine woodland

Field Centre

Rowhill Field CentreThe field centre is open to the public on Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons. It is also used as a centre for natural history education for pre-school children, schools and colleges and youth groups.


Rowhill Nature Reserve, Cranmore Lane, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 3BD. The reserve is situated on the Surrey/Hampshire border between Aldershot and Farnham.


There are paths throughout the Reserve and in
addition there is a trail for people with special needs that can be reached via Parkland Grove (off Weybourne Road) at the eastern end of the reserve. The Blackwater Valley Path starts in the Reserve.

Rowhill Nature Reserve Society

Rowhill pines on hillThis is a registered charity which was founded in
1968. Volunteers of the Society manage Rowhill on behalf of its owners Rushmoor Borough Council.

Membership of the Society is open to all who are interested in natural history and the continuing preservation of Rowhill Nature Reserve.

Rowhill Conservation Volunteers

Volunteers carry out practical management work in the Reserve. Full details in the Conservation Task Programme available from the Rowhill Conservation Volunteers.

For further information

 See also the map of the Valley