The Northmoor Trust

The reserve is managed by the Northmoor Trust who established it in 1982.
Castle Hill is the site of an Iron Age hill fort of which the ditch around the base of the hill is the only obvious sign. In the clump of trees at the top of the hill is the Poem Tree in which Joseph Tubb carved a poem in 1844-45.
In the woodland below, occasionally, Muntjac deer can be seen. There is a hide at the the ponds from where you may be lucky enough to see a Heron or even a Kingfisher.
There are 30 different varieties of butterflies in the reserve and 120 different bird species have been counted.
The reserve is open at all times. A car park is located just off the Little Wittenham to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell road and there is limited parking near the church in Little Wittenham. Guided walks and events are arranged by the Northmoor Trust. Contact them on (01865) 407792 for more information.
While visiting the reserve, also take a walk down to Day's Lock where each year, the International Pooh Sticks Championship is held.

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Events over the next 6 Months

Clumps Club, 21st August 2017 to 25th August 2017, 9:00 to 17:00

Experience some wild adventures in this holiday club for 7-11 year olds! Different outdoor activities each day (see our website for details). �£30 per day (book all 5 and get one FREE); booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Woodland Adventure, 30th August 2017, 10:00 to 12:00
An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to explore, build and play in the woods! �£4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


Little Explorers, 31st August 2017, 10:00 to 11:30
Sensory buggy/sling walk for babies and toddlers. We will use our senses to learn about the natural world around us â�� stopping to smell, touch, taste, listen and look! �£4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


Discover and Play, 1st September 2017, 10:00 to 12:00
Forest School for the under-5s. Join us for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. �£4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


Drawing from Nature, 3rd September 2017, 14:00 to 17:00
Take a walk around Little Wittenham Wood with your sketchbook and get top tips on how to perfect your drawings from artist Gareth Lloyd.

Gareth Lloyd is an Oxford-based artist working primarily in pencil and paint. His work is typically based around endangered and protected species, and he welcomes the opportunity to work with conservation organisations to help preserve the animal kingdom through art.

�£20; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Bat Walk, 9th September 2017, 20:30 to 22:00
A guided walk with the addition of bat detectors to find out more about these marvellous mammals. �£6 per adult, �£3 per child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Wildlife Photography Walk, 10th September 2017, 8:00 to 10:00
Join photographer Andrew Walmsley for a morning stroll around the nature reserve. Check out our beginner and intermediate workshops too. �£20; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Children's Fun Run, 10th September 2017, 10:00
A 1km race around the Wittenham Clumps for kids! Please register online and bring a donation on the day. �£2 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


10K Run, 10th September 2017, 11:00
After a break last year we're pleased to announce that the 2017 10K Run will take place on Sunday 10th September.

The Earth Trust 10K is a unique cross-country run that meanders through wildflower meadows, woodland, farmland, along the Thames and ends with a challenging hike up (and down!) the iconic Wittenham Clumps.

This is a chip-timed race.

Whether you're a seasoned athlete, a novice runner taking on their first race or a Nordic walker looking for a new challenge, all are welcome!

Advance entry: �£15 adult, �£12 child (aged 14-17). On the day entry: �£18 adult, �£15 child (aged 14-17).


Foraging Walk, 16th September 2017, 11:00 to 15:00
Discover the autumn bounty in the local area and use what you find to make something delicious. �£17; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Intermediate Wildlife Photography , 8th October 2017, 10:00 to 15:00
In each of these workshops professional photographer Andrew Walmsley will cover a different aspect of photography so you can build up a more in-depth knowledge. This workshop will cover macro photography. �£80 adult, �£70 child (14-16 yrs), subsequent workshops 15% off. Booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Natural Dyeing, 14th October 2017, 10:00 to 16:00
Discover the wide range of plants that can produce dye and find out how to extract and fix colour. �£40; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Leatherwork, 14th October 2017, 10:00 to 17:00
Make a made to measure belt whilst learning all about bevelling, stitching, riveting and dyeing leather. With Maud van den Broecke. �£80; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Basket Weaving, 21st October 2017, 9:30 to 17:00
In this practical workshop you'll learn how to weave a frame basket in a session lead by Catherine Tregaskes, from Crafts for a Sustainable Future. �£50; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Build a Bat Box, 23rd October 2017, 10:30 to 15:00
Help bats prepare for hibernation by making a shelter to put in your garden. All tools and materials provided. Two 1.5hr sessions available, with 6 places for individuals or families/groups in each session (cost is per box not per person); ideally there should be one adult with each box being made. �£15 per box; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Mud Pie Mania, 24th October 2017, 10:00 to 11:30
Drop in for Mud Pie Mania - buckets of mud and buckets of fun! Wellies and waterproofs advisable. Please bring your own bucket and spade/trowel if you have them. �£4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


Woodland Adventure, 25th October 2017, 10:00 to 12:00
An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover our secret destination where we will explore, build and play! Activities will be aimed at the 5-8yrs age group but younger/older siblings are also welcome to join in. �£4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


Wildlife Wednesday at Neptune Wood, 25th October 2017, 14:00 to 16:00
Our roving Wildlife Wednesday normally visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve each school holiday, but this half term, we're heading to Neptune Wood! Come out and play, and explore this fascinating and under-explored area of our nature reserve. �£2 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


Family Bushcraft, 26th October 2017, 10:00 to 16:00
Bring the whole family and go wild in the great outdoors! Explore the woods, make shelters, learn how to make a fire and use a knife safely. We'll cook on the fire but bring a packed lunch too. �£22 adult, �£17 child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).


Discover and Play, 27th October 2017, 10:00 to 14:00
Forest School for the under-5s. Join us for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. �£4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.


Tree Climbing, 27th October 2017 to 28th October 2017, 10:00 to 17:00
Use ropes and harnesses to explore Little Wittenham Wood's treetops in 1hr sessions with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. The minimum age is 6yrs but there is no maximum, so parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can all have a go too! Spectators do not need to pay. �£20 per participant; booking essential: online at http://www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk/tree-climbing-events/


Spooky Dusk Discovery Walk, 27th October 2017, 17:30 to 19:30
Do you dare come out to the woods tonight?! Join us for a moonlit Halloween walk to experience the local woodland at night. Torch and courage essential! �£6 adult, �£3 child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).