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!

 

The Wild Banbury project is all about enhancing urban habitats for wildlife and bringing people into contact with nature.

Join in

Conservation volunteering

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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

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We have a whole host of events coming up in 2018.

Wednesday 23rd May (daytime) – Walk on the Wild Side guided walk with Banbury Museum in Spiceball Park

Thursday 31st May (evening) – guided walk with the Cherwell Swifts project

Saturday 23rd June, 10-4 – Beginners’ bird identification course (location tbc)

Wednesday 25th July, 11-3 – Wild Parks & Gardens family event in Spiceball Park

Saturday 11th August - Tree identification course, in partnership with the Wild Oxford project

Find out what's on in Banbury.

 

 

Our key sites

Spiceball Park

Hennef Way / Cherwell Drive

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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

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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:

  • Friday 4th May – Spiceball Park
  • Saturday 12th May – Hanwell Brook Wetland
  • Friday 8th June – Spiceball Park
  • Friday 29th June – Spiceball Park
  • Saturday 7th July – Spiceball Park - summer barbecue
  • Friday 13th July – Hanwell Brook Wetland
  • Friday 10th August – Spiceball Park
  • Saturday 25th August – Spiceball Park

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!