Forest of Bere

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Queen's Inclosure between the joined suburban settlements of Waterlooville and Cowplain
Bushy Coppice at the eastern end of the area

The Forest of Bere is a mixed-use partially forested area immediately north of Fareham, Portsmouth and Roman Road, Havant and includes a small part of the South Downs National Park It is featured in the TV series Vikings episode Eye for an Eye.[1] [2] The former uninterrupted forest is today a mix of woodland, open space, ponds, streams, heathland, farmland and downland interspersed by minor villages and the major settlements of Waterlooville (with Cowplain) and Eastleigh (with Chandlers Ford).[3] It provides countryside access to the residents of South-East Hampshire having a number of paths and bridleways for walking and cycling. In particular in the southern portion, towards the area south of the Queen Elizabeth Country Park in the 20th century conifer plantations have been planted.


In the 13th and 14th centuries two royal forests formed a greater forerunner of the later vestigial forest between the New forest and the Sussex border. North of Southampton between the rivers Test and Itchen was the Royal Forest of Bere Ashley. North of Portsmouth; between the river Meon and Bedhampton was the Royal Forest of Bere Portchester.[4]

Woodland habitats and contiguous Country Parks[edit]

Listed from east to west, excluding small copses and coppices

  • Southleigh Forest
  • Staunton Country Park
  • The Holt with Stein Wood and Havant Thicket
  • Bells Copse
  • Outhills Copse with Stakehills Coppice and Beech Wood
  • Bushy Lease with Neville's Park and Littlepark Wood
  • The Queen's Inclosure in Waterlooville
  • Newlandsmoor Coppice with Malin's Coppice, Drivett's Coppice, Portland Coppice, Potwall Coppice, Broomground Coppice and Greathunt Coppice
  • Dunsland Coppice with Wards Coppice and Fareham Garden (wood that adjoins above group)
  • Sawyer's Wood
  • Creech Woods
  • Place Wood
  • Mitchelland Copse
  • Stroud Coppice
  • Hipley Copse
  • Waltonheath Plantation with Ashlands Plantation and Staplecross Copse
  • Goathouse Copse with Russell Copse and Kiln Wood
  • Grub Coppice with Mill Coppice
  • West Walk (one of the largest woods) (with Lowerfield Copse and Upperfield Copse)
  • Dirty Copse with Great Holywell Copse
  • Mill Copse with Hoegate Commons, The Purlieu and Huntbourn Wood
  • Orchard Copse with Birching Copse
  • Close Wood and Bishop's Wood
  • Shaftesbury Copse, Aylesbury Copse with Ravens Wood, Birchfield Copse, Dash Wood, Dandy Copse and Fiddlers Green
  • Mushes Coppice with Everitts Coppice, Stonyfield Copse, Flagpond Copse, Sager's Moor, Dimmock's Moor, Ridge Copse, Blackmoor Copse, Waterclose Copse and Sawpit Copse
  • Brook Wood with Horse Wood, Hallwood Copse, Mansfield High Wood, Hole Copse and Silford Copse
  • Jacob's Croft, Hangman's Copse, Blacklands Copse, Birch Row, Alder Moor, Maids' Garden Copse and Botley Row (wood that adjoins above group)
  • Gull Coppice and Bushy Land, in Swanwick
  • Wellspring Copse with Swanwick Wood
  • Manor Farm Country Park with Dock Copse, Catiland Copse, Vantage Copse and Durncombe's Copse
  • Netley Common with Dumbleton's Copse
  • Telegraph Woods with Beacon Hill Woodland Park
  • Hog Wood with Milkmeads Copse, Vocus Copse, High Wood and/in Itchen Valley Country Park
  • Home Wood with Smithys Wood, Cox's Rough, Hut Wood, Marshall's Rows, Spring Copse and Chilworth Common
  • Otterbourne Park Wood and Pitmore Copse
  • Home Copse, Long Copse and Rownhams Plantation
  • The woods that cover most of Cranbury Park
  • Windmill Copse
  • Hocombe Plantation with Trodds Copse
  • Broadgate Plantation
  • Ampfield Wood with Neville's Copse, Amprield Plantation and Hursley Forest


  1. ^ Map from the Ordnance survey
  2. ^ Forest of Bere Map Archived December 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Fareham Visitor Information Archived January 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Bazeley, Margaret (1921). "The Extent of the English Forest in the 13th century". Transactions of Royal Historical Society. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°54′N 1°02′W / 50.900°N 1.033°W / 50.900; -1.033