CONSERVATION work is under way at a site of a planned £7m leisure centre and swimming pool.
The work is taking place on the 59-hectare site of the former hospital at Coldeast, Sarisbury Green.
Fareham Borough Council has taken over the site and its countryside service is getting to grips with managing the nature conservation.
The site was originally a country estate with a house, garden, park, grazing land and woodland, until it became a hospital during the 20th century.
In 2012 planning permission was granted for 168 new homes, restoration of the mansion house as a hotel, sheltered accommodation and community facilities, including sports pitches and a leisure centre, which will have a six-lane 25m pool and is due to open in 2016.