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Hinksey Heights Fen
Managed by:Natural England
OS grid references:SU49404
Usual work:Cutting and raking

Like other alkaline springline fens, such as Chilswell and Lye Valley, this fen has become shaded by tall reed and scrub. Clearance over last summer and winter now needs to be recut and raked to allow small plants such as marsh lousewort and bog pimpernel, introduced last year, to grow. There is public access through this Local Wildlife Site, and the restoration is being done by the Oxfordshire Fens Project of the Freshwater Habitats Trust and funded by Grundon through the Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment.

Raking at Hinksey Heights


On foot, by bicycle, and bus (The Brookes Bus U1 service to the Harcourt Hill Campus).

Leave central Oxford on the Botley Road. Drive under the A34 and turn left onto Westminster Way. Follow Westminster Way to Harcourt Hill. Continue up the hill to the Brookes University Harcourt Hill campus. Turn left onto Stanton Road, and left again onto Grosvenor Road. Both these roads are private roads with "no parking" signs. Do not park on the grass verges! Access to the fen is across the field on the south-east side of Grosvenor Road through a field-gate at the mid point of the fence-line on Grosvenor Road. Walk south-east, downhill, to a kissing gate and enter the north bank of the fen. Follow the boardwalk across the footbridge to the south bank.

By car.

Leave central Oxford on the Botley Road and take the A34 southbound. Leave the A34 at the next exit (South Hinksey). At the roundabout take the first turning on the left and cross the A34. Take the next right turn, the approach road to Hinksey Heights Golf Club. Park at the car park. Walk between the club house ("The 19th Hole") and the Oxford Vets Hilltop building, and follow the HInskey Heights Nature Trail which begins with a boardwalk at a wooden gate just beyond the 'Cool Canines' barn. Follow the trail for about 800 meters into woods and down to the footbridge across the stream at the bottom of the valley. Access to the the south bank of the fen is immediately to the left of the footbridge. Cross the bridge to reach the north bank of the fen.