Last weekend, we went for a long walk on Hocombe Mead.
Hocombe Mead is a local nature reserve owned and managed by Eastleigh Borough Council with the support of the Friends of Hocombe Mead.
We spotted some pretty red fungi but couldn’t identify what they were.
Hocombe Mead also holds regular events. For examples:
Sunday 16th March: Guided Walk Woodland Flora and General Interest, 10.00 – 12.30 in conjunction with Southampton Natural History Society. Meet at the Ashdown Road entrance.
Saturday 26th April: Guided Walk Bird Song followed by Easter Trail for Children.
Hocombe’s two meadows are species rich. The North Meadow has a strong colony of Ringlet butterfly (Aphantopus hyperantus) and an abundance of purple loosestrife.
Parts of the woodland are over 400 years old, featuring on old maps as far back as 1588, when it was known as Eagle’s Copse.
From the website of Hocombe Mead.