Indoor Meetings about Birds and Wildlife

Otmoor Nature Reserve: A Wetland Rediscovered
by David Wilding

Date: Thursday 16 January 2020 at 19:30


Otmoor reserve from the air


This is a great chance to learn about the amazing Otmoor story, one of Oxfordshire’s greatest conservation success stories. Discover how the RSPB have transformed boring arable fields into an incredible wetland oasis in the heart of England. Former wheat fields are now home to an impressive range of wetland species including bittern, marsh harrier and drumming snipe.

  • 150,000 reeds have been planted on Otmoor to create a 22ha reedbed
  • Bittern and marsh harrier have bred on Otmoor, the first breeders in Oxfordshire for over 200 years
  • Over 12,000 wildfowl and waders regularly visit the moor over the winter months
  • During the spring over 200 redshank, lapwing, snipe and curlew breed on Otmoor
  • Otmoor is the last remaining site in Oxfordshire which holds breeding turtle dove
  • 10 species of warbler can be heard singing in the spring

Snipe drumming Marsh Harrier cruising
Drumming Snipe Marsh Harrier


David Wilding, Site Manger has worked on Otmoor for 14 years, previously he has worked for the North Cascades National Park Service, New Forest and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

Bittern flying past Turtle Dove flying past
Bittern Turtle Dove


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