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Nature on Line

Our line is a home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna; see what you can spot!

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 See if you can spot any of the lovely butterflies and moths busy along the line.

Ox Eye Daisy - in full bloom on sunny banks.ox eye


One to look out for but not touch - Greater Celandine - Growing in the cutting as you come into Alresford. It has nasty yellow sap, so please leave well alone!

Greater CelandineCelandine sap


Following the recent ecological assessment carried out for us by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust we would like to know more about the wildlife you spot along the line.

 survey coverThe survey found a number of habitat types and features that were considered to be of particular note, including areas of flower rich grassland associated with embankments, a variety of railway cuttings, a meadow associated with Ropley Station, and two hazel copses to the west of Alton.


During the extended Phase 1 habitat survey the presence (or potential presence) of protected and notable species was recorded at tour site including plants, badger, bats, dormouse, widespread reptile species, birds and invertebrates. The site was also considered to support a variety of common and widespread bird, mammal, amphibian and invertebrate species.


The presence of wild leek, a nationally scarce plant species, at a number of locations across the site is considered to be of ecological importance in the local context, and potentially of ecological importance at the county level also.


If you would like to read the report in full CLICK HERE to download.

Keep your camera ready as you travel along the line and if you spot something during your visit why not send your photo to education@watercressline.co.uk for inclusion in the gallery below.

Owl at Ropley

 Our local Barn Owl photographed from the King’s Cross Bridge at Ropley.

Ever wondered what our railway looks like in the snow, watch our Winter Wonderland film here


  • May bug
  • Red Kite
  • Common Ragwort
  • Rooks mobbing a Buzzard
  • 1st Blackberries
  • Old man's beard
  • Rosebay Willowherb
  • Hart's Tongue Fern

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