Oak leaves

English oak leaves in autumn by Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Breathtaking beauty in this ancient woodland famed for its spectacular spring bluebells, abundant birdlife and fabulous fungi.


Location 4 miles north of Burford

OS Map Reference

A static map of Foxholes

Know before you go

23 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Take lane to Bruern off A424. Continue for 2 miles, pass lane on rt to Shipton-under-Wychwood. After 200m park in layby. Walk 600m down track to reserve. We strongly recommend that you do not drive down this track as it is heavily potholed.

Walking trails

1.75 mile Wildlife Walk through reserve


Gently sloping; mainly grassy, soft when wet, some roots, gaps (0.5m wide), kissing gate. Off-road pushchair recommended.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Seasonal highlights

In spring, the woodland floor is vibrant with primroses, violets and early-purple orchids. In May, Foxholes is awash with bluebells, and by summer, the tall spikes of foxgloves are in their full glory. Later in the year, you can enjoy spectacular autumn colours, and Foxhole's fabulous fungi, with over 200 species recorded.

Everything for bats

Ancient woodlands like Foxholes provide just the right environment for bats to flourish. The Trust has been working to ensure that bats have everything they need here. Surveys have identified seven different species, including the rare Bechstein's bat which relies on the presence of tall trees where it seeks out insects in the high branches and leaves.

Birds and butterflies

Birdlife includes nuthatch, often seen creeping up and down trees, and treecreeper, which only creeps up the trunks. A colony of white admiral butterflies flourishes thanks to a plentiful supply of wild honeysuckle, the caterpillar's food plant. You can also see large, small and green-veined whites, the pretty comma, and ringlets. In all, 23 species of butterfly have been recorded on the reserve.

Reserve champions - supporting their favourite reserve Dr Elizabeth Birchall

Things to do

  • Try our circular Wildlife Walk (1.75 miles).  Just follow the badger waymarkers.
  • Explore the reserve and surrounding area with our Foxholes Wild Walk. Starting in Shipton-under-Wychwood, this 11km circular walk takes in ancient woodland at Foxholes nature reserve. OS Explorer Map OL45, 1:25,000 scale, covers the route of this walk.
  • Look out for our autumn fungus forays

Your photographs of Foxholes

Share your Foxholes photographs with us! Add them to our BBOWT Flickr group, and tag them with 'Foxholes'.

Contact us

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Contact number: 01865 775476
Contact email: info@bbowt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)