Know before you go
Parking informationParking available in Henley. Please do not block the gateway.
Prone to waterlogging, soft in patches
Reserve is prone to waterlogging.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring and summer
About the reserve
Explore this stretch of 500m of old railway embankment and look out for wildflowers like cowslip, agrimony, purging flax, woolly thistle, fairy flax and lady’s bedstraw.
There are plenty of rabbits here and they help to keep the grass short. Where the grass is sparse a carpet of lichen covers the ground.
What might you spot?
Look for the anthills created by the yellow meadow ants. They build a soil dome above their nest - which can extend a metre below the ground - that helps to regulate temperature and humidity.
Twenty species of butterfly have been seen here, including marbled white and clouded yellow. Day-flying moths such as latticed heath and the narrow-bordered five-spot burnet provide further variety. Around 200 species of beetle have also been recorded.