Bicester Wetland Reserve


Directions for Bicester Wetland Reserve: the entrance to the reserve is immediately after the EXIT from Bicester Avenue Garden Centre postcode OX25 2NY. (What3words: hopes.jumpy.walks). Turn into the open gates (A large blue and white "Thames Water" sign is just to right of the gates).  Drive along entrance road for approx. 300m and park on the left by the tower hide.

In early July some of the water birds will still have quite small young including Gadwall and Tufted Duck.  At present there are up to 7 Little Egrets on the reserve and we suspect a possible breeding attempt.  In July Green Sandpipers re-appear on return passage and up to 9 were present last July on a single day.  Post breeding flocks of Lapwing appear this time of the year sometimes as many as 50 birds.  Although song will have declined there should be plenty of young warblers around, Sedge and Reed Warblers, Whitethroat and Blackcap and Chiffchaff. 

 

Alan Peters Reserve Warden 

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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