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Woodsides Meadow

Woodsides Meadow is part of a complex of rich wildflower meadows with more than 100 plant species.

Unimproved grassland

Woodsides Meadow is part of the internationally important Wendlebury Meads and Mansmoor Close SSSI, one of the largest continuous complexes of rich wildflower meadows. Here, there are still the medieval 'ridge and furrow' plough marks, testifying to the fact that the site has never been 'improved' by modern farming. Swathes of wild flowers appear in profusion each year, with over 100 plant species recorded, including pepper-saxifrage, betony and sneezewort. Green-winged orchid can be seen in spring on the drier ridges, while the damper conditions in the furrows support moisture-loving cuckooflower and ragged-robin. 

Birds and butterflies

Several species of butterflies may be seen, such as orange-tip, marbled white and white-letter hairstreak. Skylarks are seen regularly, and sightings of brown hare are common.

Things to do

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Nearby nature reserves

Asham Meads
3 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Whitecross Green Wood
3 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Sydlings Copse
5 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
4 miles north-east of Islip
4 miles south of Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX25 2PT
Map reference
SP 556 177
Great for...
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
3.50 hectares
Walking information
Flat; rough ground, no paths; gate
Parking
Park on roadside in Wendlebury village (OX25 2PT) and walk 1/4 mile south-west along Oxford Road, then take public footpath/bridleway south of village for 1/2 mile. There is no access to this reserve from Charlton-on-Otmoor.
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.