Woodford Bottom and Lamb's Pool
Know before you go
Parking informationFrom Hook Norton, take road north towards Sibford Ferris; after 1.5 miles park on left at bottom of hill; cross stile, follow hedge on left for 0.25 miles
Flat; some bumpy places, soft when wet; approach is flooded in winter; stile, gate
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMarch to August
About the reserve
Lamb's Pool reserve is made up of a man-made lake, hedges and pollarded willows. The pool, popular with anglers through the years, is fed by a stream which forms the head of the River Stour. Reed sweet-grass and common reedmace flourish at its shallow eastern marshes with occasional bursts of handsome yellow iris, marsh-marigold, ragged-robin, water mint, meadowsweet and fool's watercress. White-legged damselfly has been recorded here.
Birds and bats
A small, scrub-covered island in the middle of the lake is popular with breeding species such as tufted duck and coot. Snipe, barn owl and lapwing have been glimpsed nearby. Heron and kingfisher use the pool for hunting and fishing. The reserve is surrounded by fields and buzzards and song thrush can be seen and heard close by. The pool, one of three open water areas in the valley linked by hedges, is ideal hunting ground for bats. Pipistrelle, Daubenton's and noctule bats have all been spotted here.