Catherington is a small village located on the top of a hill. Its position on high ground provides far reaching views across the surrounding countryside. The A3 is located in the valley to the east, with open countryside to the west providing a rural backdrop into which the Catherington environment merges.
The main land use of the village is residential, however agriculture was and still is an important land use in the fields surrounding the village. Equestrian use has developed in recent years as a predominant use in the fields around the village. The agricultural and equestrian uses add to the open rural character of the village.
The overall layout of the village is characterised by its linear form, with an overriding presence of mature trees, hedges and small gardens.
Catherington Down is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It covers 32 acres and consists of chalk grassland with remnants of ancient semi-natural woodland. It is a very popular site due to the high concentration of rare wild flowers such as Round-Headed Rampion, Pyramidal Orchid and Wild Thyme.
It is an important site for many insects and also has a healthy population of birds. Species including the Yellowhammer, Buzzard and Barn Owl can be seen. Mammal species including the Stoat have also been recorded
Catherington Lith Local Nature Reserve
A 30 acre ancient woodland with some wartime tales. During the second world war the Lith was used as evacuation plots for people from Portsmouth. The Lith also has remnants of chalk grassland.
Catherington Greening was established in 2009 with the aim of raising awareness on greening issues in the local area and to reduce the CO2 footprint of the village.
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