Wild Banbury

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Spiceball ParkSpiceball Park

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 judithhartley@bbowt.org.uk or call 01865 775476 ext 217.

Up-coming events


Wednesday 23rd August - Wild About Water, 11-3 in Spiceball Park. Join BBOWT, Canal & River Trust and Thames Water for a family activity day that's all about water! Meet fish from the River Cherwell, have a go at fishing on the Oxford Canal, make your own river, learn where your water comes from and much more. No need to book. For more event details follow this link.  

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


This small wetland is scheduled for a detailed survey in spring 2017.

With its newly furbished boardwalk, Hanwell Brook wetland is the ideal place for spotting dragonflies and grass snakes, while the reedbed is home to bird species such as reed bunting.

Help us encourage wetland wildlife by joining our work parties, where you will tackle the encroaching trees and install a new pond.


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

Volunteering dates 2017:

  • Saturday 9th September - Spiceball Park
  • Friday 15th September - Spiceball Park
  • Saturday 23rd September - Hanwell Brook wetland
  • Friday 6th October - Spiceball Park
  • Friday 13th October - Spiceball Park
  • Saturday 4th November - Hanwell Brook wetland
  • Friday 10th November - Spiceball Park
  • Saturday 18th November - Spiceball Park - volunteer party pm
  • Saturday 2nd December - Hanwell Brook wetland
  • Saturday 16th December - Spiceball Park

Times: 10.30am-3pm

Meeting point: Spiceball Park – middle of park by the footbridge 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!