Photographer's Note

Selborne is a pretty little village in my home county of Hampshire. It is just within the extreme northern boundary of the South Downs National Park, which opened on 1 April 2011. The village receives visitors on almost every day of the year because of its links with the world famous 18th-century naturalist, Revd. Gilbert White(1720–1793), who was a pioneer of birdwatching and who wrote "The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne", which has not been out of print in over 200 years.

This photograph was made from the top of Selborne Hanger, having climbed up the Zig-Zag path, which was cut into the hillside in the 1760s by Gilbert White and his brother John, to provide easier access to the Hanger and Selborne Common on the summit of Selborne Hill. "Hangers" is a local term for a line of hills with steep scarps that marks the eastern edge of the Hampshire Downs and its boundary with the Western Weald, an area of rolling countryside east of Petersfield and Liss. The name is derived from the "hangers": long, narrow remnants of ancient woodland clinging to the steep scarp slopes. This is the view through the dense beechwoods from the hanger's summit. Not particularly high by Alpine standards, although there is an area nearby known locally as "Little Switzerland"!

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