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Wells Farm

A working farm run in harmony with wildlife - home to lowland farmland birds including corn bunting, yellowhammer and partridge.

Wildlife margins

At Wells Farm BBOWT is striking a balance between farming wheat and barley and creating a thriving habitat for wildlife.

The open fields are edged by six-metre wide margins that have been sown with a colourful wildflower seed mixture which attract insects and small mammals. In addition, a wide grassy bank crossing the arable fields from north to south has been sown with a variety of tufted grasses to provide cover for spiders and beetles. These in turn help to control pests. Retained winter stubble and seed-bearing crops provide food and shelter for mixed flocks of finches in the colder months.

Natural springs

The farm is named after the numerous springs emerging on the valley side. In the valley bottom, a wildflower meadow has been created, and a small tree-lined brook links two ponds, attracting a wide range of wildlife such as frogs, toads, chaffinches, coots and dragonflies.

A community allotment project is also underway where local people are being encouraged to grow their own organic produce and live in a more sustainable way by reducing their food miles. 

Things to do

  • Follow the wildlife walk at this nature reserve (0.5 miles)
  • Join the BBOWT community allotment project, contact 01865 775476 for details
  • Help us manage this reserve by supporting us
  • Tweet your wildlife sightings to @BBOWT
  • Sign up to our e-newsletter

Brookes TV visited Wells Farm to talk about Barn owls.

Nearby nature reserves

CS Lewis Nature Reserve
5 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Iffley Meadows
6 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Bernwood Meadows
7 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
8 miles south-east of
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX44 7PP
Map reference
SP 621 008
Best time to visit
Mar - Nov
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
64.00 hectares
Access
Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Gently sloping; soft in valley bottom, bridleway flat; kissing gates, boardwalk
Parking
Off the A329 at Little Milton village, take road opposite The Lamb Pub; take track on left by phone box to surfaced car park in farmyard.

Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Yes
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01865 775476
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.