A nuthatch on a branch

Photo by Neil Aldridge

Byfield Pool

A secluded pool surrounded that provides an important refuge for wildlife


9 miles from
A static map of Byfield Pool

Know before you go

4 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Paths uneven and soft; steps and a boardwalk feature. Good paths around the reservoir


Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to June

About the reserve

Byfield Pool is owned by the Canal & River Trust, and habitat management and survey work is undertaken on their behalf by the Wildlife Trust.

The pool was constructed as a water supply for the Oxford Canal in the 1790s, while the reservoir was built some hundred years later. It is now a tranquil reserve that is a delightful place to see and hear warblers and wildfowl. It provides wildlife with a much-needed refuge from the activities taking place on the adjacent Boddington reservoir.

Water rail and tufted duck breed on the pool, whilst other ducks rest and feed here. Many other birds nest in the abundant scrub and wooded areas around. Listen out for chiffchaffs and sedge warblers. The quiet waters and surrounding reedbed make this secluded area an excellent site for dragonflies and damselflies, as well as large numbers of frogs and other amphibians.  

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285