IT IS HOME to some of the Test Valley’s most rarest wildlife.

More than 174 creatures call Romsey’s Fishlake Meadows home.

From otters, water voles and dragonfly, visitors to the beauty spot are given a rare insight into Hampshire’s wildlife.

Even Ospreys, which are rare in the UK, can also occasionally be seen passing through the meadows.

The reserve, which is managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has had a major cash injection to give nature lovers an even closer look at some of these animals.

The facilities include new viewing platforms, surfaced paths and the addition of a new pathway down to the viewing screen which aims to improve public accessibility to the 60 hectare site.

Last year Test Valley council has entered into a partnership with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to guide the management of their Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve in Romsey.

Jo Armson, reserves officer at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trust, said: “With the help of our volunteers we’ve been hard at work since taking on the management of Fishlake Meadows nature reserve, and we’re really pleased with the progress.

“Our thanks go to all the volunteers, Test Valley Borough Council, Romsey Parish Council and everyone else in the local community who’ve helped us get this far.”

Guests at the the official opening included councillors from Test Valley Borough Council and Romsey Parish Council, as well as MP Caroline Noakes.

Councillor Alan Dowden said: “ I would recommend the public visit and enjoy this special site.”

Councillor Nick Adams-King also attended the unveiling and took to social media to share his views on the new facilities at the reserve that is home to 150 species.

In an online post he said: “A wonderful addition to Romsey, now with a path to the middle of the reserve.

“If you’ve not been to see it yet I recommend it to you.

“Teaming with wonderful wildlife, even saw an osprey.”