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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
by prior arrangement - either email or phone the Wardens:
01491 872265

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Withymead Newsletter Spring 2017


Open Days...

The reserve will be open between 2pm and 5pm on the last Sunday of the Month.

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 Withymead 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.


Stag Beetle

We are pleased to be seeing numerous fledglings throughout the Reserve. The Long-tailed Tits nest that we watched being built has now been vacated and the beautiful fledglings can be seen in the willows waiting to be fed.

There are also several young Great Spotted Woodpeckers making regular trips to the peanut and suet feeders. Four of the six Mute Swan eggs hatched and the cygnets are regularly seen on the Thames.

The Mayfly emergence and mating dance has been interesting to watch. So too has been their predation. A Hobby has been taking them from above the river and spiders have been devouring those that rest in the reed beds. Other highlights have been the Stag Beetle and a Lesser Stag Beetle.

The Loddon Lily are no longer visible amongst the reeds and nettles, however, the seed pods are swelling in preparation for dispersal by a winter flood. The Reserve is now brightened by lovely Yellow Flag Iris.


Withymead 2007

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.