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Saturday, 1 January 2005

Farmoor Site Guide



Map (c) Dave Dunford

Access
Farmoor reservoir is located just south of Farmoor village which is due west of Oxford city. The B4044 will take you to Farmoor village and at the roundabout turn onto the B4017 towards Cumnor. The main access is at Gate 3 on the right-hand side after about 500 yards which is located at about here. Park in the main car park and walk up the ramp to the reservoir. From 2013 onwards parking charges are enforced of £2 per day or £20 for a season ticket, the latter can be bought from the on-site wardens. From the reservoir bank one can walk around the perimeter of both reservoirs or along the Cauesway between them.
Hides
There are serveral hides which are now all free to access (they used to be locked by a key). There is one on the Causeway, and one overlooking Farmoor II and the Shrike Meadow scrapes.

Typical Species

Winter: Possible Diver species, chance of Slavonian or Black-necked Grebes, Goosander, Goldeneye, Smew, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Caspian Gull,Med Gull  Bittern, Jack Snipe, chance of Water Pipit.

Slavonian Grebe (c) The Paranoid Birder

Spring/Autumn: Passage Terns inc Black, Sandwich and Little Terns, Little Gull, Garganey, passage waders including Bar & Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Rock Pipt, occasional Snow Bunting.

Little Gull (c) Matt Prior

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