Farthinghoe - Nick Brooks


A former landfill site now transformed into an oasis for wildflowers and insects


Purston Lane 4.5 miles west of

OS Map Reference

SP 518 403
A static map of Farthinghoe

Know before you go

4 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Steep steps at entrance; paths generally firm and level


Unsuitable for wheelchairs 


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

This small, amazingly diverse site is now a mosaic of developing woodland, open grassland and ponds. The meadows are improving each year as a result of better management with the return of some of the old meadow flowers such as lady's bedstraw, meadow vetchling and snake's-head fritillary.

The ponds and wet areas attract dragonflies and damselflies from the nearby lake and stream and in late July it is possible to find beautiful demoiselle damselflies in good numbers. There is also a colony of marbled white butterflies on the site.

Pipistrelle and noctule bats find an ideal hunting ground here. Among the birds are treecreeper, bullfinch, breeding sparrowhawk, several species of warbler and long-tailed tit. 

Scroll down to see the reserve boundary. Please note the boundary map is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Location map