Heron Wood - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £45,000 - Freehold
Size: About 4 acres

Location: East Moor, Old Basing, near Basingstoke, Hants
OS Landranger: 186
Grid ref: SU 686 524
Nearest post code: RG24 7LJ

Contact: Richard Scholfield
Phone: 07811 818 277
Email: [email protected]

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Heron Wood has much to commend it, a heronry, frontage to the river Lyde, pond potential and mature trees.

The heron, a large freshwater wading bird, nests communally in congregations know as heronries Around the area there is much suitable habitat for these birds to feed in and in early spring they start to arrive in Heron Wood to repair the nests and lay eggs. Up to about 20 pairs nest here, it's fascinating to watch their behaviour high up in the tree tops, hear the sounds of the squabbling as they communicate with each other, clacking and squawking. By early July the young have fledged and flown the nest and peace returns to the wood.

The kingfishers make full use of the 100 metres frontage of the river Lyde and you can't miss the bright iridescent blue and red as they fly along the river between perches. This part of the upper reaches of the river Lyde is typical of fast flowing Hampshire streams and is reputed to contain wild brown trout. In spring, quiet observation of the river will see fry in shoals breaking the surface, and as the season progresses the now larger fish will be feeding on the abundant aquatic invertebrates such as caddis, mayfly nymphs, gammarus, blood worms and alder fly larvae etc.  Later in the season wildfowl will descend on the river including a host of mallard and teal. A description of the river Lyde and all it contains can be found HERE.

Many years ago scrapes were formed for open water to encourage wildfowl for shooting. There are about 4 of these in Heron Wood and one or two of them could be cleaned and deepened to create ponds suitable for fish.

And the wood: primroses seem to favour this ground and are widespread elsewhere dog's mercury abounds; the herons seem to choose the tall Norway spruce for nesting along the western side.  Elsewhere there is oak, ash, poplar and alder with hazel and hawthorn.

Nearby, England's largest private house, the palace of the Marquess of Winchester, is now a ruin of Old Basing. Unfortunately the Marquess was on the 'wrong side’ in the Civil War and Oliver Cromwell and his followers converted this large abode into the ruin it is today.

Boundaries   are shown by red markings on free standing posts and trees. The north is the centre of the river, south there are posts and a woodbank, east is a shallow drain and west are posts and a woodbank.

Covenant  The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of this and adjoining woodlands, click HERE to read and download.

Full-scale maps  Click HERE to download and print a map showing the location of Heron Wood.

Access   From Greywell Road the byway leads down to the main gate and from here there is a private right of way as far as the entrance to Lyde Wood. Vehicles may be parked in the open area just before the entrance and in dryer weather they can be taken as far as the wood.

Our Maps (Click on a map to see a large version)

Our Maps


Heron Wood is about 5 miles east of Basingstoke off the M3.

Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, entrance coordinates are already entered and click on the "Directions" box. This will take you to the entrance to the track of Greywell Road, just before the motorway bridge. Use these coordinates in your SAT NAV to get to the same place. N51.264569  W1.027001

  • Use this postcode RG24 7LJ  in your SAT NAV, this will take you to Conkers Garden Centre off the A30 at the start of Greywell Road, continue along this road and just before the motorway bridge is a track on the left leading to the woodland. Park at the junction and walk down the track.
  • There is a red post at this point to help with parking identification
  • You will come to the new metal field gate with a For Sale sign, squeeze past and walk down this track.
  • Please note the buyer will be provided with a key for vehicular access.
  • Continue down this track by the field-side, at the end you will enter woodland.
  • Bear left, go over the stream and follow the internal track as far as the open area - for parking and turning.
  • Walk straight ahead along the earth track and the entrance to Heron Wood will be seen on the ahead.


Please note: the particulars with plans, maps, descriptions and measurements are for reference only and although carefully checked we cannot guarantee their accuracy and do not form part of any contract. Any intending purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of these particulars.