Discover and explore Banbury's green spaces with the Wild Banbury projectWild Banbury project officer
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 01865 775476 ext 217.
Find out more about volunteering
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!
Please always check before you come to confirm the location and so we can make sure we know how many tools and, more importantly, biscuits to bring!
Friday 30th August - Spiceball Park
Saturday 14th September - Hanwell Brook
Friday 20th September - Spiceball Park
Friday 18th October - Spiceball Park
Saturday 26th October - Hanwell Brook
Friday 1st November - Spiceball Park
Friday 15th November - Hanwell Brook TBC
Saturday 23rd November - Spiceball Park
Friday 29th November - Location TBC
Come to a Wild Banbury event
Thursday 12th September – Urban Wildlife Safari – Learn about the wildlife that is living in your parks and neighborhood, Hanwell Brook, 7pm – 8:30pm. Free so bring a torch and let us know if your coming – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 16th October – Go Batty! – Learn about these flying mammals and help us search for them in the park. Hanwell Brook, 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Booking essential – contact email@example.com
Thursday 24th October – Go Batty! – Learn about these flying mammals and help us search for them in the park. Spiceball Park, 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Booking essential – contact firstname.lastname@example.org