|North Hinksey Nature Reserve|
|Managed by:||North Hinksey Parish Council|
|OS grid reference:||SP 489 061|
|Nearest postcode:||OX2 0LT|
|Usual work:||Pond work, scrub clearance|
This small nature reserve was created on land that was once allotments and borders a business park. In summer it is well-visited by people eating their lunch or sitting out in the sun.
Despite the small size there is a stream along one edge, two ponds, a small area of meadow, hedges and a community orchard. The ponds are known to be home to frogs, and many toads have also been seen nearby. The site has been planted with mainly native flora some years ago, and it is just beginning to look slightly more wild as the scrub develops in places.
The meadow is managed with yearly cutting and the vegetation overhanging the paths is regularly cut back.
In winter 2013-2014 OCV will be helping to create shallower edges to the ponds, including areas of mud. We will also help to clear some of the rushes on one side and do some general scrub clearance. In the future we may lay the hedge which separates the meadow from the orchard.
Leaving the city centre west on the A420 Botley Road, after passing Richer Sounds on the left, turn left onto Minns Business Park. The nature reserve is on the right, through a wooden gate. The business park will probably be quiet at the weekend, but Chris may be able to get official permission to park here. Failing that there is usually space in the Women's Institute car park.