Access may not be possible currently due to local road closures (June 2020)
Know before you go
Parking informationLimited parking - small layby adjoining the reserve
Grazing animalsGrazing livestock but not every year
Steep slopes with steps, areas prone to waterlogging
Paths around the reserve are steep in areas with steps. Contact the Trust for more information.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril - October
About the reserve
The history of this nature reserve dates back to the construction of the Leamington to Oxford railway in the 1840s. The resulting spoil banks of lias clay now host a grassland rich with wildflowers. The banks are dotted with cowslip, early forget-me-not and hairy violet, with wild strawberry, yellow-wort and hoary plantain.
What might you spot?
Look out for orchids here including twayblade and common spotted-orchid. You may see up to 20 species of butterfly, including some on the wing early in spring such as brimstone, green hairstreak, holly blue and the special grizzled and dingy skippers.
A number of insects scarce in Warwickshire have also been found here at the northerly limit of where they're found in Britain.