Opportunity at Withymead Nature Reserve

The post of Warden at Withymead Nature Reserve, on the Bridle Way between Goring and South Stoke will become available from September 2019. The post is a three-year fixed term role. The position is for a Volunteer Worker(s), which is unsalaried, but with on-site, rent-free accommodation. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience in conservation, ecology and biodiversity. For full details please email info@withymead.org.

Closing date for applications – 9th August.

Welcome to

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
We would appreciate a voluntary donation of £2 per person towards upkeep of the Reserve.

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Click here for Open Days (pdf)

Withymead Study Centre Available For Hire: Contact the Wardens for information.

Riverside Apartments to Let!

Forest School Sessions Available: Contact the Wardens for information.

Open Days and Events...

28th July: Open Afternoon & Cream Teas

25th August: Open Afternoon & Cream Teas

* Booking for Dawn Chorus and Bat Walk essential.

You are welcome to come and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the Reserve by appointment. We ask that you make a small donation when visiting.

Withymead Nature Reserve

Withymead Nature Reserve, Little Meadow Nature Reserve and Tara's Piece 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 13 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 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 50m 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; and indirectly, by inspiring people to enjoy nature and join in our quest to protect 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.


Please help us to maintain Withymead as a beautiful and tranquil haven for wildlife and for people to enjoy by making a donation:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving


Tawny Owl

Withymead awarded major grant.

We are delighted to have heard that Withymead has been awarded a National Rail 'The Greater West Biodiversity No Net Loss' grant. The grant will be used to rejuvenate the orchard and woodland areas within the Nature Reserve. Applying for the grant was a complex process and we are grateful for the expertise and support provided by TOE2

We will be seeking volunteers to help with ground preparation and planting over the next 18 months. Please contact the Wardens if you would like to be part of this exciting environmental improvement scheme.


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.

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