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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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Warden's Bird Species Count: 76 (Great Crested Grebe)

Riverside Apartments to Let!

Withymead Newsletter January 2017


In the early evenings we are seeing 100+ Corn Buntings coming in to roost in the adjoining reed beds. Its great to see so many of these Red Listed birds as there population has declined nationally by 90% over the last 40 years.

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.


2016 Regatta

We set up our gazebo on a scorching hot day at this years’ Goring and Streatley Regatta held on 16th July. We were so pleased to be visited by our many supporters who gave generously to Withymead and to the youngsters who excitedly bought tickets for our tombola. The boys wanted to win the Coca Cola football and the girls had the huge, cuddly hippo in their sights. Happily, both boys and girls went home with their trophies. Along the way, they won bottles of champagne for their parents and many chocolate treats. We were also able to display the stunning photographs of Withymead taken on the Walk and Shoot as part of the Goring and Streatley Festival. They will be used to produce notelets and postcards for us all to enjoy. We also sold our Withymead honey, beeswax candles and had some wonderful Loddon Lily mugs on view made by local potter, Sarah Rushbrooke. Our stall created such a buzz that we were snapped by and appeared in the Henley Standard.


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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 is the home base for our regular 'Moth Nights'

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