Nature Reserves

We work at two reserves maintained by BBOWT (Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust).

The Hook Norton Cutting nature reserve, on the old Cheltenham to Banbury railway line,  is of special geological importance because of its exposed Jurassic oolite limestones which contain many fossils, and are stained red by the presence of iron oxide. We keep clear the access to a notable rock face. On other parts of the site, we cut back brambles and scrub to allow the wild flowers and butterflies to flourish.

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Above and below: in September 2015 we cleared access to one of the limestone cliffs.

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Working at the Hook Norton (south) Nature Reserve in January 2013

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October 2013

At the  small Glyme Valley Nature Reserve near Chipping Norton, our clearance of invasive blackthorn scrub invading the ancient limestone grassland will benefit butterflies and flowers, while the dense thorn bushes lining the margins of the reserve remain as a birdlife habitat where species such as blackcap, bullfinch and yellowhammer can be seen.

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In welcome February sunshine after the deluges of the 2013-14 winter.

In welcome February sunshine after the 2013-14 winter deluges.

 

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