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Nature Reserves

Visit one of the excellent Nature Reserves in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

Nature Reserves

The Oxfordshire Cotswolds is a very rural area set within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so it naturally has plenty of wonderful countryside and a good number of areas of Special Scientific Interest, as well as two excellent and very different nature reserves: Foxholes is a woodland famous for its spring bluebells, while Chimney Meadows is wetland meadows popular with bird watchers.

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Cotswold Wildlife Park rhinos

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

One of Oxfordshire’s top attractions and one of the most beautiful wildlife parks in the country, Cotswold Wildlife Park is a superb mix of animals,…

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  1. The River Thames at Chimney Meadows

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    Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve


    Nature Reserve


    Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s largest nature reserve, covering 250 ha of the Upper Thames floodplain. The reserve is of national importance for its species-rich wetland meadows that support large numbers of now scarce ground-nesting birds, and provides a haven for curlew, snipe and reed…

  2. Bluebells at Foxholes Nature Reserve

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    Foxholes Nature Reserve


    Nature Reserve


    Foxholes is a tranquil woodland sloping down to the River Evenlode with year-round colour and wildlife interest, but it is particularly noted for its springtime bluebells.

    Managed by Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, this 66ha (165 acre) reserve has a 1.75 mile Wildlife Walk clearly marked…

  3. Rushy Common and Tar Lakes

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    Rushy Common Nature Reserve


    Nature Reserve

    Stanton Harcourt, Witney

    Rushy Common and neighbouring Tar Lakes is a 30 hectare site with three lakes, left after gravel extraction in the Lower Windrush Valley, that are being managed for the benefit of people and wildlife. Tar Lakes is an eight hectare area of open space for local people to enjoy, with a walk around…

  4. Wychwood Wild Garden

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    Wychwood Wild Garden


    Parkland / Woodland Garden


    Wychwood Wild Garden is a beautiful woodland and garden, close to the centre of Shipton-under-Wychwood. Wychwood Wild Garden covers 12.5 acres of avenues, woods and ponds, much of which was laid out in the 1860s, and provides a haven for wildlife including many breeds of ducks and birds. It is…