BBOWT’s Bernwood Forest project aims to enhance and recreate the woodland, meadow and hedgerow habitats across five BBOWT nature reserves on the Buckinghamshire-Oxfordshire border. Bernwood Meadow is managed as traditional hay meadows were in the past. This is a wonderful nature reserve to visit from April to early July when the wild flowers are in bloom and butterflies are plentiful. Over 100 plant species have been recorded here thanks to BBOWT’s careful management.

Nearby, Bernwood Forest is a large Forest Enterprise woodland complex incorporating Oakley, Shabbington and York’s Woods and Hell Coppice, all of which is now managed as a nature reserve. The big attractions here are the butterflies, species include black hairstreak, brown hairstreak, marbled white, purple emperor, purple hairstreak, silver-washed fritillary and white admiral.

At Bernwood Meadows there is a small car park with a height barrier, open March to August. During winter alternative car parking can be found at Bernwood Forest, on Oakley Road, HP18 9UR. There are also paths through into the meadow from the forest.

Best time to visit:
Before the July/August hay cut which encourages the growth of next year's flowers


Postcode: OX33 1BJ

Latitude / Longitude: 51.8007494, -1.1143593

Things to do or see

Visit the meadow in spring and early summer for wild flowers

Visit the forest throughout the summer for butterflies

Visit the meadow in early summer for butterflies

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