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Oxford

Sunday 29th October 2023

Report written by Anwen Greenaway

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The C S Lewis Nature Reserve is a hidden gem on the edge of Oxford, connecting to Shotover Common. It is managed by BBOWT volunteers.

One of the biggest challenges, particularly since the surge in outdoor activities during the COVID lockdowns, has been encouraging people to stick to the footpaths instead of wandering freely through the nature reserve. The volunteers have built barriers from fallen wood and put up signage explaining why it is important to stick to the path, but people dismantle them and rip up the signs. This has meant damage to the delicate woodland habitats, including trampling bluebells.

Our task yesterday was to hammer in sturdy stakes either side of the wooden barriers to make them stronger and more permanent, and then to build them up further with fallen wood and bramble cuttings. Some of our team weeded and cleared nettles from around hedgerow saplings, and then we all reconvened to cut back brambles to extend a woodland glade area.

A very productive session.

Welcome to GoodGym Artur!


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BBOWT is working in partnership with Oxford City Council on four of their nature reserves: Chilswell Valley, Lye Valley, Raleigh Park and Rivermead Nature Park.

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Henry Gibson
Venetia Lipscombe
Louise Hall
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