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CS Lewis Nature Reserve

A tranquil woodland, CS Lewis Nature Reserve contains a large pond full of aquatic plants and toads that migrate to spawn here.

Community nature reserve

This tranquil woodland and large pond used to belong to celebrated Oxford author CS Lewis. It was said he enjoyed wandering here while writing his children's book series which includes The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. With the A40 nearby and surrounded by houses, it is a surprise that the reserve has kept its sense of stillness.

Fun for children

It is not just the literary associations which have brought countless children back here time and time again. This BBOWT community nature reserve has been used for field study trips and pond dipping by young people since 1969.

Wildlife highlights

The pond, a flooded Victorian clay pit, is full of aquatic plants. Toads migrate here to spawn in spring and there are fascinating displays of dragonflies and damselflies in summer. Moorhens and coots regularly nest here. The steeply rising woodland has a canopy of beech, oak, birch, alder, ash and hawthorn. In spring, the reserve is full of birdsong. Look out for large boulders known as 'sandstone doggers' on slopes in the trees. Where springs arise, giant horsetail grows in the wet ground.

Things to do

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Nearby nature reserves

Sydlings Copse
2 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Iffley Meadows
3 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Bernwood Meadows
4 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Map reference
SP 560 067
Great for...
a family day out
Best time to visit
Mar - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
2.50 hectares
Walking information
Steep slopes, uneven in places, wet patches; gates
From Headington roundabout head south on ring road (A4142); turn left at first traffic lights then right onto Kiln Lane; take fourth right onto Lewis Close to park at end of the street; take path between houses.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01865 775476


Factsheets and guides for your visit

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.