RSPB Otmoor is just over a mile from the village of Beckley, the reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk.

There is a 1.5  mile visitor trail which takes you to the heart of the reserve , passing the Wetlands Watch lookout and also the 2 viewing screens.   This trail is a great way to experience the wildlife that lives in the reedbeds, grasslands and hedgerows.

In spring and summer look for hobbys, warblers and skylarks.  Listen for snipe “drumming” over the grasslands and watch for brown hares boxing in the fields . There is always a chance of hearing a bittern booming in the reedbeds.  The Roman Road track behind the car park is a great site to find the brown hairstreak butterfly in August.

In autumn and winter, redwings and fieldfares feed on the berries in the hedgerows. Wintering geese and ducks take refuge in the fields and wetlands  Look for barn owls and maybe short-eared owls over the meadows at dusk.

Breeding waders include lapwing, redshank and snipe. In Spring listen for breeding reed and sedge warblers in the reedbeds. Water rails can be heard at almost any time of the year. The reserve is also good for grass snakes and common lizards.

Rarities can sometimes turn up at any time of the year.

Location

Postcode: OX3 9UR

Latitude / Longitude: 51.8094861, -1.1747498

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