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 our key sites
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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
Saturday 11th May – Not-Quite-Dawn Chorus Walk and small mammal trap checks, Spiceball Park, 6.30am. Booking essential – please contact email@example.com
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 June – Banbury Show
Come and see us in Spiceball Park to find out more about the Wild Banbury project