Wild Banbury

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

The River Cherwell in Spiceball Park (c) Jim BallantyneThe River Cherwell in Spiceball Park (c) Jim Ballantyne

Discover Banbury’s wild spaces!


Launched in July 2016, the Wild Banbury project is all about enhancing urban habitats for wildlife and bringing people into contact with nature.

Join in

Conservation volunteering


Find out what conservation volunteering is all about!

Meet like-minded people and enjoy the benefits of a day working outdoors.

Scroll down for details on up-coming dates, timings, locations and FAQs.

For more information on ways to get involved with the Wild Banbury project, please email judithverdon@bbowt.org.uk or call 01865 775476 ext 217.

Up-coming events


Why not head to The Mill Arts Centre this Christmas to enjoy a performance of The Wind In the Willows by Creation Theatre and Cherwell Theatre Company. Wild Banbury volunteers are eligible for discounted tickets thanks to their hard work to help creatures like Ratty and Toad. Follow this link for more details about the show.

Find out what's on in Banbury.



Our key sites

Spiceball Park

Hennef Way / Cherwell Drive


Spiceball Park offers a mosaic of habitats and wildlife-spotting opportunities in the heart of Banbury. Keep an eye out for:

  • The bright blue flash of a kingfisher along the River Cherwell.
  • Striking birds such as sparrowhawks and bullfinches in the woodland.
  • A wealth of bees and butterflies in the wildflower scrape.
  • Mammals like weasels hunting in the long grass.

Hanwell Brook wetland

Duke’s Meadow Drive


Hanwell Brook Wetland is the ideal place to look for a range of birds, dragonflies, frogs and toads.

As well as open wetland, this small site also encompasses scrub and reedbed habitats, as well as new pond, which was created in summer 2017 and is still developing.

Help us encourage wetland wildlife by joining our work parties, where you will tackle the encroaching trees and cut the grass and reeds to encourage flowers such as bugle, meadowsweet and greater bird's-foot trefoil.


Both sites are owned by Banbury Town Council, our partners in the Wild Banbury project.

Volunteering dates 2018:

  • Saturday 13th January – Spiceball Park
  • Friday 19th January – Spiceball Park
  • Friday 2nd February – Spiceball Park
  • Saturday 10th February – Hanwell Brook Wetland
  • Friday 16th February – Spiceball Park
  • Friday 2nd March – Spiceball Park
  • Saturday 10th March – Spiceball Park
  • Saturday 7th April – Hanwell Brook Wetland

Times: 10.30am-3pm

Meeting point: Spiceball Park – middle of park by the footbridge with steps over the river; Hanwell Brook wetland – playing fields car park, off Duke’s Meadow Drive (nearest postcode OX16 1EJ)

What to bring/wear: Warm, old clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy or torn; wellies or strong boots; waterproofs; and most importantly, lunch!