Wild Banbury

Wild Banbury

River Cherwell at Spiceball Park by Judith Verdon

Discover and explore Banbury's green spaces with the Wild Banbury project
Judith Hartley
Wild Banbury project officer
Wild Banbury logo

We want to inspire people of all ages to discover Banbury's wild spaces and local wildlife. We're working at two main sites, Hanwell Brook Wetland and Spiceball Park, owned by Banbury Town Council.

Discover Banbury's wild places

Hanwell Brook Wetland

common frog

Common frog by Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Hanwell Brook Wetland, Duke’s Meadow Drive

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 a 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.

Find Hanwell Brook Wetland on GoogleMaps.

Spiceball Park


Kingfisher by Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Spiceball Park, Hennef Way / Cherwell Drive

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.

Find Spiceball Park on GoogleMaps.

Get involved with the Wild Banbury project

Find out what conservation volunteering is all about! Meet like-minded people and enjoy the benefits of a day working outdoors. 

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.

Find out more about volunteering

Hanwell Brook Wetland

Times: 10.30am-3pm

Meeting point:
Spiceball Park – middle of park by the footbridge 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!

Upcoming dates:


Saturday 13th April – Spiceball Park
Saturday 27th April – Spiceball Park
Friday 10th May – Spiceball Park
Friday 24th May – location tbc
Saturday 15th June – Spiceball Park
Friday 21st June – Spiceball Park

Come to a Wild Banbury event

Garden for wildlife sign

Saturday 11th MayNot-Quite-Dawn Chorus Walk and small mammal trap checks, Spiceball Park, 6.30am. Booking essential – please contact judithverdon@bbowt.org.uk

Saturday 1st June – Wild Fair, Festival of Nature
Well worth a trip to Oxford for the huge range of free activities for kids: www.oxfordfestivalofnature.org

Sunday 9th JuneBanbury Show
Come and see us in Spiceball Park to find out more about the Wild Banbury project

See what's on

Wild Banbury project partners

The Wild Banbury project is run by BBOWT in partnership with Banbury Town Council and Banbury Museum.

We would like to thank the following organisations for their financial support:

Banbury Town Council logoGrundon logo

Heritage Lottery Fund logoCherwell District Council logo

Wild Oxford

Restoring Oxford's green spaces

Find out more

Lye Valley by Andy Gunn

Living Landscapes

Working beyond nature reserves

Find out more
Support us

Join the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust

Joining your local Wildlife Trust is the best thing you can do to help wildlife in your area. We rely on the support of people like you to help us protect the wildlife and wild places of our three counties.

Join today