A visit to Duns Tew Nature Reserve.
The Nature Reserve has been established by Smiths Bletchington at the old sand quarry which is home to a colony of Sand Martins - hopefully they will be in residence on our visit. There is an area of scrub which is good for warblers too. The site is also of botanical interest, including the possibility of Bee Orchids. 

Please park in Duns Tew village.  There are a few places near the church, however we have negotiated parking with the Village Hall which is almost opposite the church and quite near the footpath that leads to the reserve.  Please car-share wherever possible and park considerately in the village or at the hall, which has approximately a dozen spaces.  OX25 6JN Middle Barton Road – SP 477287, then assemble at the Village Hall car park please. 

There is a stile at the beginning of the walk to the reserve, which in total it is about 2.5 miles, there and back and round the reserve.  For those of you who are less mobile and unable to negotiate the stile but would like to see the reserve we hope to be able to use a very limited parking area at the reserve itself at SP456274 on Duns Tew road which comes from Middle Barton.  Please let Frances know in advance if you would like to park at the reserve   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This new paper, published on World Curlew Day on 21 April 2022, describes the current and historical status of the Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata in an area of 1200 square kilometres centred on Banbury.   Click here to link to the paper Read more ...

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