Glapthorn Cow Pastures - Chris Rutter

Glapthorn Cow Pastures - Chris Rutter

Glapthorn Cow Pastures

A mix of blackthorn scrub and mature woodland that is a refuge for the rare black hairstreak butterfly


2.5 miles from
A static map of Glapthorn Cow Pastures

Know before you go

28 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Rides are wide and generally level although they can become wet and muddy in winter


Unsuitable for wheelchairs


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March 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.

Download the guide to Glapthorn Cow Pastures.

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

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map