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Calvert Jubilee

Calvert Jubilee is a haven for birdwatchers with ducks, gulls, kingfisher and bittern to see. Over the next 10 years both the High Speed 2 and East West Rail railways will affect Calvert Jubilee, because both projects will take land from the nature reserve. HS2 Ltd is currently (June 2017) carrying out investigative work on ground conditions in the north-eastern side of the reserve. Disruption from these investigation works will be limited and should not affect visitors’ enjoyment of the site at this stage.

Water wildlife

This tranquil Buckinghamshire reserve is a delightful place to watch wintering wildfowl such as mallard, tufted duck and pochard. Its large 'lake' was created by clay extraction for the brick industry. Later, part of the site was a municipal rubbish tip. Steep banks were carefully sculpted to form shallows in front of two bird hides while the creation of three floating raft islands have enabled common terns and waterfowl to nest away from local foxes.

There are also kingfishers here. In winter, a lucky birdwatcher might see bittern, smew, scaup, goldeneye, goosander and glaucous gull. Listen out for chiffchaffs, blackcaps and willow warblers. Dense reedbeds have been planted at the shallower, northern end of the lake, and a small pond has been created to attract frogs and other amphibians.

Flowery scrubland

The scrubby area around the lake contains a surprising range of wild flowers, including delicate orchids. The flowers support a range of butterflies including the grizzled skipper and green hairstreak.

Things to do

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Please note that fishing and swimming are not permitted at this nature reserve.


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Reserve information

Location
6.5 miles east of
Bicester
Buckinghamshire
OX27 0BG
Map reference
SP 682 252
Great for...
birdwatching
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Dec - Aug
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
22.00 hectares
Walking information
Flat; mostly bumpy but there is a flat surfaced path leading to the hide; gate, steps, bridges
Parking
Leave Bicester on the A41(T) towards Aylesbury, turn left and go north through Edgcott. Go over the crossroads between Charndon and Calvert and park in the small car park on the right opposite Greatmoor Sailing club, or on the opposite side of the road to the reserve.
Dogs
Guide dogs only
Grazing animals
Yes
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01442 826774
info@bbowt.org.uk

Smartphone Safari

Every weekend on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Oxford we broadcast a Smartphone Safari. Listen along as we explore some of our fantastic reserves and introduce you to the wildlife you can see.