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Harbury Spoilbank

Limestone grassland on spoil heaps

Created from the construction of the Leamington to Oxford railway in the 1840s, the lias clay spoilbanks now host a species-rich grassland dotted with cowslip, early forget-me-not and hairy violet, with wild strawberry, yellow-wort and hoary plantain. 


Orchids here include twayblade and common spotted-orchid. The reserve is good for spotting butterflies with over 20 species, including early species such as brimstone, green hairstreak, holly blue and the special grizzled and dingy skippers. A number of scarce county insects have been recorded here at the northerly limit of their British distribution.

Nearby nature reserves

Ufton Fields
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Whitnash Brook
4 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Stockton Cutting and Tasker's Meadow
5 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1km east of Harbury on the B4452 on the left going towards Deppers Bridge
CV47 2TA
Map reference
SP 386 598
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6.70 hectares

Paths around the reserve are steep in areas with steps. Contact the Trust for more information.
Walking information
Steep slopes with steps, areas prone to waterlogging
Limited parking - small lay by adjoining the reserve
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Grazing livestock but not every year
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages