Glapthorn Cow Pastures
Know before you go
Rides are wide and generally level although they can become wet and muddy in winter
Unsuitable for wheelchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMarch to June, July to September
About the reserve
This Site of Special Scientific Interest features different habitats that provide homes for a mix of wildlife. The mature woodland in the northern half of the reserve is dominated by ash, while the southern part is mainly blackthorn with some oak. Primroses in the spring are followed by bluebells and earlypurple and common-spotted orchids. Nuthatch and warblers can be heard, and the reserve is a nesting site for nightingales.
In summer, the black hairstreak butterfly perches on flowering brambles weaving from plant to plant with its characteristically jerky flight. The caterpillars feed on blackthorn and we have created protected fenced areas of coppiced blackthorn to ensure the best habitat for these rare creatures, whose range is restricted to a few woods between Oxford and Peterborough.
Elsewhere in the wood, we thin trees as needed to promote an open woodland structure and manage the grassy glades and rides.