Location: SP323302 - access from minor road to Great Rollright from Chipping Norton.

Postcode for SatNav: OX7 5RE

Open access to all members and the public.

Warden:  Jan Guilbride

The reserve comprises a half-mile stretch (approximately 2 ha) of disused railway line through limestone brash farmland close to Great Rollright.

There is a good variety of flora and certain areas are kept free of scrub to enable orchids and other plant species to flourish. These more open areas are also favoured by sun-loving reptiles, such as Common Lizard and Grass Snake.  Glow-worm have also been recorded here.

Seven species of warbler have been recorded singing in spring.  Farmland birds including Yellowhammer, Chaffinch and Bullfinches, Goldcrest, Marsh Tit and Brambling are recorded regularly.


In March 2020 the BTO launched their Chaffinch Appeal to raise funds to help them research why the UK population of Chaffinch is undergoing a significant decline. Read more ...

Birding Northamptonshire  -  Mike Alibone

Mike is a Northamptonshire-based birder and ex-County Recorder for that county. Read more ...

A survey where observers are each given a randomly selected 1km square and record all the species encountered and numbers of each for a minimum period of 2 hours between 9am and noon. Read more ...

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