Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

at Farmoor Reservoir

Date: Sunday 24 September 2017 at 09:30


Reservoir edge with people
Farmoor Reservoir

Meet at 9.30 am in the car park at gate 3, off the B4017, 300m north of OX2 9NU. OS SP452060 lat/long: 51.7514, -1.3460

Click here for a map of car park entrance location

Parking £2

Facilities: Car park, toilets.

Walk length, four miles, level, footpaths can be muddy.

Farmoor reservoir is a popular birdwatching site, probably due to its impressive list of rarities. Sandwiched between the reservoir and the Thames are three nature reserves - Pinkhill Reserve (with hide and feeding station), The Shrike Meadow (with hide) and Buckthorn Meadow. On the southern border of the reservoir is Bushy Leaze Copse, with woodland species and a feeding station.

The area includes four habitats - reservoir, wetlands, woodland and meadows. Our autumn visit is timed to see migrating and wintering birds.

Expect wildfowl, waders, divers, rare gulls in the large gull roost, terns and migrants. Wagtails, chats, warblers, pipits. Possibly raptors.

Click here to see the report and photos of our 2015 visit.

The following were reported in September 2016. Not all on the same day, but over a few weeks!

Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Avocet, Osprey, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Shoveler, Blackcap, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, Little Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Turnstone, Snipe, Sanderling, Little Stint, Greenshank, Knot

Click here for Oxford Ornithological Society guide to Farmoor

Click here for Farmoor reservoir web site