Broughton Down is a surviving fragment of the species-rich chalk grasslands. These once covered much of central Hampshire but have been lost to modern intensive agriculture.
The downs have been grazed for centuries and have developed a wealth of flowers including cowslips, rock rose, and various orchids.
In summer the down is alive with butterflies such as chalkhill blue, duke of Burgundy Fritillary and other national rarities.
Bronze Age tumuli, medieval droveways and 19th century plantations illustrate the continuing historical importance of this notable landscape feature.
Management today is aimed at maintaining scenic, archaeological and wildlife interest and includes the clearing of invasive scrub from the hillsides. Many local people act as voluntary wardens helping the Trust protect this precious site.
Please remember this is a nature reserve and not a playground and take care of the precious flora and fauna over which you tread.
How to get to the Downs
These are best approached on foot taking the footpath that extends up into the woodland from the end of Buckholt Road right next to the village sculpture, "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral".
After about 300 yards there will be a number of natural tracks leading off to the right. These take you eventually to some fencing and a stile. Climb over the stile and carry on following the track which very soon leads you out onto the Down and spectacular views.
If you walk along the Down northwards along the ridge you will encounter a very deep dry valley. Go down and up its very steep banks (only suitable for the fit!) and on the other side you will see a tumulus known locally as Plum Pudding. A great spot for a picnic whilst enjoying the views.