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. We are excited to announce that we have recently started work at a new site, part of the Mineral Railway.
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.
Try out our new Nature Trail starting by the woodland walk over the bridge!
Mineral Railway by Beaumont Close
This raised embankment is a hidden and delightful wildlife corridor that used to be a railway line transporting ironstone from quarries in Wroxton. It closed in 1967 and was later dismantled, all that remains of railway are a few brick structures. We hope to discover more about this site in the coming year and restore the open grass areas. This part of the Mineral Railway is the ideal place to look for a range of butterflies, day moths and urban foxes.
Help us to open up this sunny corridor to encourage butterflies by joining our work parties, where you will tackle the encroaching trees and cut the grass and scrub to encourage wildflowers.
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.
Find out more about volunteering
Fridays: 10.15am-3pm Saturdays: 10.00am-1pm
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!
Upcoming work parties have now been cancelled following the government guidance on the Coronavirus / Covid 19 outbreak.
Friday 20th March- Cancelled
Saturday 28th March- Cancelled
Friday 3rd April- Cancelled
Friday 17th April- Cancelled
Seeking Hedgehog enthusiasts!
We are looking to discover just how hedgehog-friendly Banbury is! Do you get hedgehogs visiting your garden? Have you seen them in your park? Let us know!
Are you interested in helping us survey for Hedgehogs? We are looking for volunteers who can set up and visit a Hedgehog Footprint tunnel in a local park for 5 consecutive days in April and May. Training and materials provided.
Just email your Wild Banbury Project Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org with sightings and any pictures or stories you would like to share.
Wild Banbury project partners
The Wild Banbury project is run by BBOWT in partnership with Banbury Town Council.
We would like to thank the following organisations for their financial support: