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Magdalen Hill Down

Magdalen Hill Down

Packed full of minibeasts, butterflies and birds, Magdalen Hill Down is a very special chalk downland nature reserve on the edge of Winchester. Known as "Europe's Rainforest", chalk grassland has an incredible level of biodiversity which makes it the perfect place to study habitats, plants, insects, butterflies and birds. Experience hands-on learning in our outdoor classroom as you explore Moths and Minibeasts, go on a Seed Safari or hone your surveying skills as a Wildlife Detective.


Magdalen Hill Down Nature Reserve
Alreford Road (B3404)
SO21 1HZ

Contact Details

Main contact:
Kate Barrett
07483 039325


  • Coach parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

We have teamed up with the Winchester Science Centre to make use of their coach drop off, toilet and handwashing facilities. No permanent covered space is available on site but a gazebo will be provided as temporary shelter.

Delivery Items

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes


The first 25 schools to book each year are free. Thereafter the charge is £4 per student, with a minimum charge of £60 for the group.

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