Explore wildlife in Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire County Council

Explore wildlife in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire has a wide variety of places to visit and explore

From internationally important sites to the wildlife in your local parks and gardens, Oxfordshire has a wide variety of places to visit.

"No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced"

- David Attenborough 2010

There are over 150 wildlife sites throughout Oxfordshire that are open to the public – the links below help provide some ideas and inspiration.

Nature reserves

National Nature Reserves represent the finest wildlife and geological sites in the country, looking after some of our most pristine habitats, our rarest species and our most significant geology. Oxfordshire has three publicly accessible NNRs,  Aston Rowant, Chimney Meadow  and Cothill.

With over 25 nature reserves across Oxfordshire, take a look and find your nearest Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBWOT) reserve.

Otmoor is an RSPB reserve north of Oxford of wet meadows and reedbeds, a haven for wildfowl, breeding wading birds, and a spectacular starling roost during the winter months. Alternatively, visit the Lower Windrush Valley Project for details of reserves near Witney.

For information on other places near you, Oxfordshire Nature Conservation Forum has produced a map of the county’s nature reserves.

Visit our woodlands

VisitWoods has mapped information on woodland sites near you. Oxfordshire highlights include the ancient hunting Forests of Wychwood and Bernwood, the internationally important beech woodlands of the Chilterns, Shotover Country Park, and not to forget numerous community woodlands and local woodlands.

Getting out and about – walking, cycling and riding

There is always plenty to see when you are out and about in the countryside - try our Countryside Access pages for ideas for walks and rides.

Last reviewed
03 December 2014
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