Warren Bank

Jim Asher

The approach to the flowery chalk grassland of Warren Bank offers stunning panoramic views taking in the Thames and Berkshire Downs

Location

4 miles south-east of
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
OX10 6AD

OS Map Reference

SU653857
A static map of Warren Bank

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

See detailed information on parking and how to reach the reserve below.

Grazing animals

Yes

Access

Sloping; sloping rough ground, no paths; stiles

Dogs

Guide dogs only

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to August

About the reserve

Amazing flowers

This small reserve is a small relic of the chalk grasslands that once covered much of the Chilterns. Clustered bellflower, pyramidal orchid, large thyme and deadly nightshade are among the wild flowers which flourish in the three paddocks. The insect-mimicking bee orchid can be found here. On the continent it is pollinated by bees. Male bees are fooled into thinking the flower's velvet-textured lip is a female and try to mate with it. Sadly, the right species of bee does not occur in Britain, so the bee orchid is self-pollinated here.

The noise of insects

The striking machine-gun call of the great green bush-cricket can be heard from June onwards. Butterflies recorded in this reserve include marbled white, dark green fritillary and green hairstreak.

Directions and parking

Park at Hailey on hard verge 0.5 miles from reserve. Take the bridleway uphill and continue on the track which goes into Bixmoor Wood. The track bends left at the end of Bixmoor Wood. At this point there is a short track on the right which leads to a metal gate at the entrance to a field, which may have sheep or cattle in. Cross the field, going south, heading towards woodland. Skirt the woodland edge for approximately 100m until you reach the entrance gate to the reserve.

 

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)