Tuesday 23 August 2011

Dry Sandford Pit Nature Reserve, nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Approx time: 30mins - 1 hour
Paths: mud
Points of interest: open areas, pond, lake, wildlife, fossils
Amenities: parking
Grading: not all footpaths would be suitable for pushchairs, you could navigate half the site including the fossils
Weather: Spring, Summer and Autumn

Charlotte wanted to go for a nature walk one day, having exhausted all our usual routes my mum offered to take us out to Dry Sandford Pit. We often went there when we were little and its only a short drive from home. The BBOWT describe the reserve as:
A fascinating mosaic of fossil-rich cliffs, fenland with ponds and streams, grassland, scrub and woodland set in an old quarry in Oxon.
Geological wonders, nationally scarce fen and rich insect life make Dry Sandford Pit a reserve of national importance.

We had a lovely time walking around the site, we did have a hunt for fossils, watched the dragonfly's over the pond, ran through the long grass, saw some beetles, lots of ladybirds, plenty of rabbit holes and probably some badger sets too.
There are some bridges to cross, so we stamped our feet extra hard to scare the troll away, we kissed through each of the kissing gates.
we had so much fun that we took daddy with us at the weekend and took a picnic along. We have to go back soon as they are due to get some Dexter cows any day, we can't wait to see them.
details of how to find the reserve are on the BBOWT website

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