Rooksbury Mill Local Nature Reserve, Andover

Rooksbury Mill is situated just off the A303 and South of Andover town centre and adjacent to Watermills Park.  The two lakes which are fed by the River Anton were created soon after World War II through gravel extraction.  The Mill itself straddles the main channel of the River Anton with smaller streams constructed to drain the floodplain.


More recent usage of the site has led to the development of streams and channels to provide oxygenated water to the trout farm. The site now encompasses a range of habitats including areas of wet woodland, chalk grassland, scrub, riparian habitats, two large lakes, ponds and a stretch of the River Anton.


After its purchase in 2001 Rooksbury Mill has been transformed from a privately owned trout fishery into a designated Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 2008.  Since then the reserve has gone from strength to strength, being awarded coveted Green Flag status since 2009.


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.

Get Involved 
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

Rooksbury Mill Local nature Reserve, Barlows Lane, Andover SP10 2HA

The park is fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs and contains a car park which is suitable for coaches (access for coaches should be pre arranged with a Countryside Officer).  Parking can be found off of Barlows Lane.


Fishing is permitted on the Mill Lake on a day-ticket system by Test Valley Borough Council.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.


Lifebelts, which are inspected weekly, are strategically placed around the site.

If you would like to find out more about TARCA or become a member contact




Contact Us
If you would further information on the Reserve please contact the Countryside Officer on 01264 368000 or email community&








  • Rooksbury Mill - Autumn  2011