Horndean wildlife oasis could get extra protection

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ANCIENT woodland in Horndean could soon become a nature reserve.

Leaders at East Hampshire District Council are set to make a decision on whether to designate Dell Piece West as a local nature reserve.

The designation would add extra protection for the wildlife-rich area.

The land includes ancient woodland, a pond and damp grassland.

Since 2004 the site has been run by Horndean Parish Council, which is now applying to East Hampshire council for the extra protection.

The cabinet is set to make a decision next Wednesday.

If approved, the application would be assessed by Natural England for a final decision.

A report states: ‘Designation of the site as a local nature reserve will add to the portfolio of protected sites in East Hampshire.

‘It will be recognition of the value that the parish council and district council place on the importance of the countryside and biodiversity.

‘The benefit for the local community is that they will have a local nature reserve.’