Withymead Nature Reserve and Little Meadow Nature Reserve are owned and managed by the Anne Carpmael Charitable Trust.
Anne Carpmael lived at Withymead for nearly 60 years. A keen naturalist, she provided a habitat that encouraged birds,
both native and migratory. Prior to her death in 2003 a Charitable Trust (No 1102152) was formed to preserve
the house and it’s riverside land. These 22 acres now form the Withymead Nature Reserve. For more information
about Anne Carpmael and the foundation of the trust, click on this link
Little Meadow and Tara's Piece
In addition to the Withymead Nature Reserve the Anne Carpmael Charitable trust also runs and manages two smaller nature reserves
in the local area: Little Meadow Nature Reserve, a mile to the south of Goring on the River Thames, and Tara's Piece,
also bordering the river, which lies a hundred yards to the south of Withymead itself. Click on the following links to see
more information on these reserves :
We aim to boost local wildlife directly, with practical nature conservation efforts; and
indirectly, by inspiring people to enjoy nature and join in our quest to save it.
We have a Study Centre (see panel on the right) in which we run events and training courses for the public,
and there is also a special area of the reserve set aside for the Forest School. For more
information about the Forest School, click on this link
Withymead is also home to an important part of our industrial heritage. Sam Saunders was born at The Swan in Streatley in 1857.
He built boats by the river Thames like his father and grandfather before him. He established the Springfield Works here at
Withymead in 1870. Remnants of the slipways and boat sheds can be seen within the reserve. Look at our 'History' page or
click on this link to learn more about Sam Saunders and his boat building works.
An enthusiastic band of volunteers bring a diverse range of skills and experience to help us; carrying out practical works,
such as tree felling, reed cutting, and working on the various structures around the reserve; helping with surveys and monitoring,
water quality, species recording and so on.
Volunteers also help with administrative tasks, producing newsletters, helping on the web-site, and most importantly - fund-raising...
Contact us to become part of our team and help make a real difference for our natural heritage.