In a bid to get some fresh air after the Christmas festivities, my family paid a visit to a lovely spot called Hound Corner Ecology Park. It's quite a wild area that was established with the help of local volunteers from derelict land some years ago. I grew up in the area and can remember decades ago that it was open ground mostly but in subsequent years, nature has really taken hold. (Click on the photos for a closer look).
It is an area with abundant, vigorous plant life. We found lots to see, including ponds and some old steps which my children enjoyed climbing up.
According to Eastleigh Borough Council's website, the pond is home to smooth newts and the park includes an established wildflower meadow. Migrating nightingales have been heard from deep within the scrub along with many more common birds which visit the area.
The park is easy to get to and there are entrances on Hound Road, Netley, Southampton, SO31 5FX. Parking is available on the slip road for the cemetery on Hound Road.
We loved our visit to the area and it made for a very pleasant venture outdoors during the festive period.