Bladon Heath

Information kindly provided by Jon Uren. For an approximate location map, click here.

Bladon Heath is an extensive area of woodland to the south-east of Woodstock. It consists of both managed and unmanaged woodland with small open areas and one uncultivated meadow. There are blocks of both coniferous and deciduous woodland and parts of it are regularly managed which provides clear felled areas. The site is close to Kidlington Airport and it can, at times, be noisy with frequent flyovers from aircraft. It is a good site for butterflies and flowers as well as woodland birds. In spring there is a spectacular show of bluebells throughout much of the wood . Public access is only available via the bridleway that runs from the end of Heath Lane in Bladon to Spring Hill Road in Begbroke. Wellies are essential in all but the driest summer months.

Access from SP453145 or SP466137.

Bladon: Take the A4095 towards Witney from its junction with the A44 at the roundabout south of Woodstock. After about 1 mile take the second left (Lamb Lane) immediately before the Lamb Inn. Follow this road to the end and park considerately. The bridleway leads away in front of the garage block at the end of the road.

Begbroke: Take the minor road (Spring Hill Road) off the roundabout on the A44 at Begbroke. Follow the road to the end and park carefully. The bridleway can be found on the right-hand side at the end of the road beyond Hall Farm.

Stagecoach services X50, 20A, 20B and 20C stop by the roundabout at Begbroke and also by the A4095/A44 junction near Bladon. Stagecoach service 42 between Woodstock and Witney stops in Bladon.

Resident: Woodcock (seen occasionally), Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Jay.
Winter: winter thrushes, Siskin, Redpoll, tit flocks
Summer: Cuckoo, lots of woodland warblers, Hobby (occasional), Swift, hirundines.
Spring/Autumn: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker; Tree Sparrow were seen occasionally but have not been reported for some years.

The open areas, meadow and woodland rides are all good for butterflies from early spring to autumn with may species including Wood White and White Admiral present in the summer. Deer are also present throughout the year with Muntjac and Roe Deer being sighted occasionally.

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Jon Uren