Longparish IPA

Location: North-west Hampshire, south-east of the village of Longparish, east of Andover. The fields are located east of a lane running south east from the village to the A303 between Andover and Basingstoke.

Grid Reference: SU 440 432

Longparish IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK

The key features of this IPA are:

  • The species richness of vascular plants in arable habitat
  • Fields around Longparish, located at the edge of the River Test Valley, within the central Hampshire chalk downs have been noted for their rich arable weed flora for a number of decades.

    The arable flora here epitomises that of the southern chalklands, and includes many rare species which has led to the Longparish area being considered one of the richest arable plant communities in UK.

    Species recorded include pheasant's-eye, stinking chamomile, dwarf spurge, dense-flowered fumitory, Indian fumitory, red hemp-nettle, prickly poppy, rough poppy, corn parsley, shepherd's needle, spreading hedge-parsley and narrow-fruited cornsalad.