Anton Lakes Local Nature Reserve
Designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1996 Anton Lakes is situated just North of Andover town centre. The reserve is made up of a range of habitats following its use for gravel extraction. The River Anton rises from springs within the reserve, flowing down through a series of old watercress beds, providing a habitat for the locally rare long-stalked yellow sedge. The river then flows into the lakes, which are themselves home to a variety of birds including the beautiful great-crested grebe.
Other habitats include an area of chalk grassland providing an ideal habitat for a variety of butterfly species such as the marbled white and gatekeeper and an area of wet, fen meadow plays host to an impressive colony of southern marsh orchids. Although more difficult to find, otters and water voles also use the site.
We work in partnership with the Environment Agency, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Hampshire County Council on the River Anton Enhancement Scheme to protect the river for conservation and recreation purposes. For more information see The River Anton Enhancement Scheme. The site is also an integral part of the Borough Local Plan which aims to extend riverside walks and cycle routes.
We work in partnership with volunteer groups and contractors to manage the site. The Anton River Conservation Association (TARCA) play a fundamental role in the management and enhancement of the site. The conservation group was spawned from an interest in The River Anton Enhancement Scheme. The group's work parties have become a regular sight throughout the River Anton.
Activities and Events
A programme of Activities has been planned for 2020. See the attached Countryside and Events Activities Leaflet.
Useful to Know
Anton Lakes Local Nature Reserve, Andover, Hampshire SP10 3SY.
Parking is located off of the Redon Roundabout.
The majority of the site is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Lifebelts, which are inspected four times a month, are situated at strategic points around the lakes.
Fishing is permitted, with day tickets available from Andover Angling Club at Challis Tackle, Mylen Road, Andover.
If you would like to find out more about TARCA or become a member contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the Countryside Officers on 01264 368000 or email Community&Leisure@testvalley.gov.uk for further information.