Itchen Valley Country Park is a popular nature reserve along the banks
of the River Itchen (where else!)Besides being a prime spot for Banded
Demoiselles, the surrounding water-meadows are also home to an isolated
colony of the Southern Damselfly outside of the New Forest.
In common with most 'Country Parks', prepare to have your peace shattered
by screaming kids enjoying what constitutes 'countryside' without having
to stray to far away from home. Thankfully once you cross the river and
enter the water meadows an element of peace is restored, although the constant
drone from the airport and nearby motorway remind you where you are.
The meadows themselves and the ditches provide the best odo activty..