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Great nature reserves to visit in July

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Posted: Friday 29th June 2018 by bbowtblog

Letcombe ValleyLetcombe Valley by Stacey Doran

With nearly 90 nature reserves to choose from in our three counties, which are the best to visit this month?

Here are our top reserves in Berks, Bucks and Oxon to visit during July. We love hearing about your visits to our reserves. Let us know what wildlife you see when you visit them. Share your photos of our reserves with us on Twitter and Facebook or upload them to our Flickr gallery.

Click on the photos to go to the reserve webpage for more information and how to get there.


Chawridge Bank

marbled white

Chawridge Bank, near Bracknell, is an old meadow dotted with large anthills has a variety of wild flowers and a wealth of insects - a study of dung life uncovered 24 beetle species alone! Butterflies include the marbled white and grizzled skipper. While skylarks, green and great spotted woodpeckers, blackcap and lesser whitethroat are among the bird life found here.

Inkpen Crocus Field

Inkpen Crocus Field

Although the crocuses are long gone for this year Inkpen Crocus Field is now filled with a wonderful display of other wild flowers. A deep purple colour is provided by devil’s-bit scabious, knapweed and betony, while a softer pinky-purple comes from heath spotted-orchids as well as lousewort. The yellow of bird's-foot trefoil is accentuated by creamy meadowsweet in the damper areas. Yarrow and sneezewort provide the whites in this beautiful display.

Why not combine a visit here with one to nearby Inkpen Common, or explore both reserves and the surrounding area on our Inkpen Wild Walk


College Lake

College Lake

College Lake may be one of the best places in Bucks for water birds, but did you know that during the summer it's also fantastic for wild flowers and butterflies. Why not come and find out more about the reserve's butterflies on Saturday 21 July when we have a special guided walk.

Rushbeds Wood

Purple emperor

Discover a wealth of wild flowers and butterflies in the meadows and ancient woodland at Rushbeds Wood, including the rare black hairstreak. During July look out for the fast-flying purple hairstreak butterflies high up in the tree tops. Look out too for purple emperors (above), silver-washed fritillaries and white admirals flitting around the woodland glades.


Ardley Wood Quarry


Ardley Wood Quarry, 4 miles north-west of Bicester, is a natural treasure trove in summer with geological and medieval earthworks. Warm and sheltered, the site is especially good for butterflies, and has thriving colonies of grizzled skippers, dingy skippers and green hairstreaks.

Warburg Nature Reserve

family walk

Escape the busyness of Henley during the Regatta and pay a visit to Warburg Nature Reserve, nestled in the Chilterns near Bix. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the reserve, which has beautiful chalk grassland filled with wild flowers and butterflies, cool and shady woodland, and plenty of paths for exploring.

Discover more about the reserve on Thursday 5 July with our guided walk.

Things to do

  • See which are our top ten species to see in July
  • Find a nature reserve near you with the Wildilfe Trusts' Nature Finder app for iphone and Android
  • Share your photos of our reserves with us on Twitter and Facebook or upload them to our Flickr gallery
  • Oxfordshire photographer Andrew Marshall's book Photographing wildlife in the UK (published by Fotovue) includes advice on how to take great wildlife photographs. The book includes top locations for photographing wildlife and some images that were taken on BBOWT nature reserves (Greenham Common, Chimney Meadows, Foxholes and College Lake).
  • Our experts work with over 1,400 volunteers to look after over 80 nature reserves, five education centres and run hundreds of amazing events. We rely on the generosity of individuals, charitable trusts and businesses. Help us look after these precious places for your local wildlife by donating today

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