A working farm run in harmony with wildlife - home to lowland farmland birds including corn bunting, yellowhammer and partridge.

Location

Little Milton
8 miles south-east of
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX44 7PP

OS Map Reference

SP621008
A static map of Wells Farm

Know before you go

Size
64 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Off the A329 at Little Milton village, take road opposite The Lamb Pub; take track on left by phone box to surfaced car park in farmyard.

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Follow the Wildlife Walk (0.5 miles).

Access

Gently sloping; soft in valley bottom, bridleway flat; kissing gates, boardwalk

Contact the Trust for disabled access information

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to November

About the reserve

Wildlife margins

At Wells Farm the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust is striking a balance between farming wheat and barley and creating a thriving habitat for wildlife. The open fields are edged by six-metre wide margins that have been sown with a colourful wildflower seed mixture which attract insects and small mammals. In addition, a wide grassy bank crossing the arable fields from north to south has been sown with a variety of tufted grasses to provide cover for spiders and beetles. These in turn help to control pests. Retained winter stubble and seed-bearing crops provide food and shelter for mixed flocks of finches in the colder months.

Natural springs

The farm is named after the numerous springs emerging on the valley side. In the valley bottom, a wildflower meadow has been created, and a small tree-lined brook links two ponds, attracting a wide range of wildlife such as frogs, toads, chaffinches, coots and dragonflies. A community allotment project is also underway where local people are being encouraged to grow their own organic produce and live in a more sustainable way by reducing their food miles. 

Things to do

Follow the wildlife walk at this nature reserve (0.5 miles) Join the BBOWT community allotment project, contact 01865 775476 and speak to the Oxfordshire Reserves Team for details. 

Contact us

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