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Withymead Nature Reserve

Withymead Nature Reserve is situated between Goring-on-Thames and South Stoke in Oxfordshire and is a hidden gem that appeals to naturalists, walkers, artists and families.

The nature reserve is open:
Dawn 'til Dusk - by prior arrangement
Contact us: info@withymead.org
01491 872265

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Withymead Cream Teas:

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Withymead Newsletter Spring 2017


Loddon Lily Open Days...

The reserve will be open on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 16th April until the end of May between 2pm and 5pm.

Withymead Nature Reserve

Withymead Nature Reserve and Little Meadow Nature Reserve are owned and managed by the Anne Carpmael Charitable Trust.

Anne Carpmael

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. 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

Samuel Saunders

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 reed cutting, leaf clearance 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 website and most importantly - fund-raising...

Contact us to become part of our team and help make a real difference for our natural heritage.


Green Woodpecker

Would you be interested in becoming a Trustee of the Anne Carpmael Charitable Trust which manages two local nature reserves - Withymead Nature Reserve and Little Meadow, both within walking distance of Goring?

We are particularly looking for potential Trustees with legal or marketing experience.

If you like the idea of getting involved with a local charity whose aim is to promote, protect and preserve wildlife in the local area, we would welcome your interest and would love to hear from you. Please do contact us if you think you may be interested. You can find out more about us on our website or by emailing us on info@withymead.org

If you would like to talk to our Chairman, Rebecca Joisce - please phone 07778 968554.


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The Study Centre is home to the Trust's educational programme

The centre hosts Training Courses and Events throughout the year, is home for the Loddon Lily Open Days, and end of month cream teas

The Study Centre can be accessed from the car park and from the Bridleway.

The Study Centre is available to hire- contact the Wardens for more information.