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Lamb's Pool

Herons and kingfishers hunt and fish at Lamb's Pool, and buzzards and song thrushes can be seen and heard.

Wet habitats

Lamb's Pool reserve is made up of a man-made lake, hedges and pollarded willows. The pool, popular with anglers through the years, is fed by a stream which forms the head of the River Stour. Reed sweet-grass and common reedmace flourish at its shallow eastern marshes with occasional bursts of handsome yellow iris, marsh-marigold, ragged-robin, water mint, meadowsweet and fool's watercress. White-legged damselfly has been recorded here.

Birds and bats

A small, scrub-covered island in the middle of the lake is popular with breeding species such as tufted duck and coot. Snipe, barn owl and lapwing have been glimpsed nearby. Heron and kingfisher use the pool for hunting and fishing. The reserve is surrounded by fields and buzzards and song thrush can be seen and heard close by. The pool, one of three open water areas in the valley linked by hedges, is ideal hunting ground for bats. Pipistrelle, Daubenton's and noctule bats have all been spotted here.

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Nearby nature reserves

Hook Norton Cutting
2 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Tysoe Island
5 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Glyme Valley
6 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
6 miles south-west of
Banbury
Oxfordshire
Map reference
SP 352 361
Great for...
birdwatching
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.50 hectares
Walking information
Flat; some bumpy places, soft when wet; approach is flooded in winter; stile, gate
Parking
From Hook Norton, take road north towards Sibford Ferris; after 1.5 miles park on left at bottom of hill; cross stile, follow hedge on left for 0.25 miles
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
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.