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.
Summer Picnic, 2nd July 2017, 11:00 to 16:00
Help us celebrate our 35th Birthday at this year's summer festival! Party games, live music, a smoothie bike and more! Ã?Â£6 adult, Ã?Â£3 child, Ã?Â£15 family (discount for online bookings at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson).
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 19th July 2017, 18:30 to 21:30
Earth Trust is delighted to welcome The HandleBards, the world's first cycling theatre company! Since 2013, their two troupes (one all-male, the other all-female) have pedalled over 6000 miles across the UK to perform their unique brand of 'charmingly chaotic, environmentally sustainable, bicycle-powered Shakespeare'.
Before touring their 'beautifully bonkers' production of A Midsummer Night's Dream around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the show is back by popular demand - and, in usual HandleBards style, we can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter!
Join the all-male troupe in the beautiful gardens of the Earth Trust Centre, at the foot of the Wittenham Clumps, for A Midsummer Night's Dream as you've never seen it before! Bring a picnic and settle down for an evening of "gloriously eccentric" outdoor theatre.
For those not familiar with the story, what's the play about? Well... Four young lovers find themselves enveloped in the dream-like arms of a magical forest full of sprites, where a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war over the possession of an Indian boy. A group of amateur actors share the same forest. They're rehearsing for a play. Fairies and humans collide. Hilarity ensues.
Ã?Â£18 adult, Ã?Â£14 child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).
Drawing from Nature for Families , 23rd July 2017, 10:00 to 13:00
Let your creative side loose in the great outdoors, and get top tips for inspiration and improvement from local artist Gareth Lloyd. Ã?Â£10 adult, Ã?Â£5 child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).
Creepy Crawly Comics, 24th July 2017, 10:00 to 15:00
You'll be the bees' knees at creepy crawly comic drawing after attending our session with popular cartoonist Neill Cameron, whose work features in The Phoenix comic. You'll explore the Earth Trust garden, then create a nature themed comic inspired by what you discovered. For 7-11 year olds. Ã?Â£30 (ask about our discount for siblings); booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).
Woodland Adventure, 25th July 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! Ã?Â£4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.
Tree Climbing, 26th July 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. Ã?Â£20 per participant; booking essential: online at http://www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk/tree-climbing-events/
Basket Weaving, 29th July 2017 to 30th July 2017, 9:30 to 17:00
You can create several small baskets or one larger structure in this two day workshop with Catherine Tregaskes. Ã?Â£115 per person; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).
Clumps Club, 31st July 2017 to 4th 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). Ã?Â£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).
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: Ã?Â£15 adult, Ã?Â£12 child (aged 14-17). On the day entry: Ã?Â£18 adult, Ã?Â£15 child (aged 14-17).