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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.

Conservation Management

Lunch break in the orchard area

The meadow is managed with yearly cutting and the vegetation overhanging the paths is regularly cut back.

In winter 2013-2014 OCV helped to create shallower edges to the ponds, including areas of mud. We also helped to clear some of the rushes on one side and do some general scrub clearance. In 2015 we layered the hedge which separates the meadow from the orchard, and we also trimmed and laid some regrowth in March 2020.


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 at the end on the right, through a wooden gate. The business park will probably be quiet at the weekend and there may be space in the Women's Institute car park, but without official permission for either, it's at your own risk. For a more legitimate option, Seacourt Park and Ride is just across the A420.