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Glyme Valley

Set on a south-facing slope running down to the River Glyme, this reserve is a remaining fragment of limestone grassland in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

A secluded valley

Although relatively small in size, this reserve has a rich variety of wildlife. Look out for the parasitic yellow rattle - an indicator of old grassland untouched by chemicals or ploughing. This annual, which lives on grass roots, is named after the sound of its large seeds rattling inside the ripe seed pod. There are also several large anthills - another pointer to undisturbed grassland. The variety of wild flowers include oxeye daisy, fairy flax, bee orchid and meadow crane's-bill.

Scrub for birds

The reserve also features scatterings of small hawthorn bushes that merge into denser scrub as well as two corners of mainly ash woodland. The southern stretch of scrub, which includes sloping grassy glades, provides excellent habitat for birds, including blackcap, bullfinch and yellowhammer.

Things to do

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Reserve information

Location
1.5 miles south-east of
Chipping Norton
Oxfordshire
OX7 5QQ
Map reference
SP 334 260
Great for...
birdwatching
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.50 hectares
Walking information
Steep slope, rough ground; stile
Parking
One mile east of Chipping Norton on A44 park in layby on left; walk down footpath for 1 mile, passing New Chalford Farm; reserve is just before river at bottom of valley. A map is recommended since this reserve can be difficult to find initially.
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.