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Badgers dig and bats swoop around this former landfill site

This long, narrow, amazingly diverse site is now a mosaic of developing woodland, open grassland and ponds. The meadows are improving each year as a result of better management, which includes harvesting hay late in the year to maintain low soil fertility. This has led to the welcome return of some of the old meadow flowers such as lady’s bedstraw, meadow vetchling and snake’s-head fritillary.

The ponds and wet areas attract dragonflies and damselflies from the nearby lake and stream and in late July it is possible to find beautiful demoiselle damselflies in good numbers. There is also a colony of marbled white butterflies on the site.

Pipistrelle and noctule bats find an ideal hunting ground here. Among the birds are treecreeper, bullfinch, breeding sparrowhawk, several species of warbler and long-tailed tit.

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Farthinghoe reserve map


The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Woodford Halse
7 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Byfield Pool
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Ardley Wood Quarry
8 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Purston Lane 4.5 miles west of
Map reference
SP 518 403
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Opening Times
Open at all times
4.00 hectares

Walking information
Steep steps at entrance; paths generally firm and level
Park on road verge of Purston Lane, on the railway bridge
Dogs under effective control
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285


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