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.
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.