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Course Ecology

Alresford Golf Club covers 105 acres of chalk downland and is designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.  Plants such as Birdsfoot Trefoil, Germander Speedwell, Violets, Violas, Vetches, Eyebright and Bulbous Buttercup can be readily seen. As well as the grassland areas, there are several stands of mature Oak woodland together with immature broad-leaved plantations of native Beech, Birch, Hazel, Holly Rowan and Ash, which support a variety of woodland species such as Arum and Wood Anemone.

In total, the golf course contains over 180 recorded plant species of which 26 are chalk downland indicator species. Many of the plants provide an important habitat to the many moths and butterflies, including Cinnabar Moth, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell, seen across the course.

Being surrounded by mature woodland and arable land bounded by ancient hedgerows means that a large number of birds are present. Of particular note are the flocks of Goldfinch and Yellowhammer, which are often heard even if not seen, and the Green and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers which catch the eye with their dipping flight. Of the birds of prey, Buzzards, Sparrowhawks and Kestrels are resident, whilst Red Kites are increasingly seen as they extend their territories South-East. As well as around 20 nesting boxes for smaller birds, three owl boxes were introduced in collaboration with the Hawk Conservancy in 2012.

Mammals are also well represented within our diverse habitat. The owl population points to a healthy supply of rodents whilst rabbits, hares, foxes, and roe deer can be seen, particularly at dawn and dusk.

Overall, Alresford Golf Club is committed to maintaining strong ecological credentials and to this end will continue working with the wildlife agencies to ensure a harmonious balance between the needs of its golfing members and the conservation of the natural world.