DURING the Easter holiday period, phase one of Elvetham Heath's 48-acre nature reserve on Fleet's fringe will be opening to the public.

For two years work has been progressing on the reserve, creating the habitats within which wildlife can develop. Access is via a series of clearly marked short and long circular walks. These will take visitors through all of the main habitat types where the associated birds, animals and plants can be identified with the aid of interpretation boards.

Phase one of the footpaths, in the western area, will open to the public this Easter, with phase two, the eastern area, to open in September.