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The Countryside of Oxfordshire

Discover the countryside of Oxfordshire on holiday or on your doorstep


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Countryside at Ox. County Council
Walks and rides, the natural environment and access information.

Oxfordshire's National Nature Reserves
Nature reserves that Natural England identifies as among England's finest sites for wildlife and/or geology.

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
Explore Wildlife, Landscapes and the Reserves of the local Wildlife Trust.

Oxfordshire Wildlife & Landscape Study
Results of an Oxfordshire Wildlife and Landscape Study (OWLS) - landscape character and biodiversity.

Natural History Society of Oxfordshire
The Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire. Promoting the study and enjoyment of its natural history.

Walking in Oxfordshire
A number of walks all free to download and print.

Oxford Conservation Volunteers
Conserving the wildlife and traditional landscape of the Oxford area since 1977.

CPRE Oxfordshire
Campaign to Protect Rural England, Oxfordshire. News, Campaigns, Resources, Events.

Wild Oxfordshire
Local charity providing a co-ordinated and strategic approach to conservation in Oxfordshire. Biodiversity info & State of Nature reports...

Oxford Urban Wildlife Group
To maintain and conserve wildlife in Oxford, and to help local people discover the city’s wildlife and wild places...

Oxfordshire Area Ramblers
We’re all about walking. Whether you’re looking for people to walk with or wanting to help improve the paths.

Sponsored Listings
Please get in touch to apply

CoolStays in Oxfordshire

Timber lodges with vistas of the Chiltern Hills, a fairy-tale Treehouse in and enchanting woodland, a windmill with 360 views, shepherds huts, beautiful cottages and more, all with nature right on your doorstep.

Rural Retreats in Oxfordshire

Charming cottages, country houses, apartments and more dotted throughout the Oxfordshire countryside. Including stays at a stately home where springwatch was filmed in 2017.

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Walks in Oxfordshire
18 walks with good descriptions, map and photos.

Latest News

  • Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 Site Allocations Plan

    Oxfordshire County Council have published the Draft Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 Site Allocations Plan (the Sites Plan) for consultation and we are seeking your views. Consultation closes Wednesday 4th March 2020, 4pm. The preparation of the Draft Sites Plan follows on from the adoption of the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy in 2017.   The Core Strategy […]

  • New housing design in England overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’

    The design of new housing developments in England is overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’, with less-affluent communities the worst affected, according to a national audit conducted by UCL for CPRE, the countryside charity, and the Place Alliance. A housing design audit for England reveals that 75% of new housing development should not have gone ahead […]

  • Secretary of State threatens to pass South Oxfordshire Local Plan to County Council

    CPRE Oxfordshire believes that putting the County in charge would be a gross act of democratic injustice. South Oxfordshire District Council is right to resist the Growth Board’s grossly disproportionate Growth Strategy involving excessive development across the County, which the other Councils have gone along with for the money on offer from the Government and […]

  • Welcome to 2020

    It’s going to be a busy year. We need to see pledges to act by government and councils turned into real action, and we need to be gearing up for the critical UN Climate talks – COP26, taking place in Glasgow in November. Our next meeting is this Wednesday, 8 January, 7.30–9.00 pm at our… Read more

  • Winning wildlife photographers revealed!

    A Meadow grasshopper on heather, a Painted lady butterfly on a tree stump and a footprint in the mud are among the prize-winning photographs in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust’s (BBOWT) annual Photography Competition.

  • 2nd Rate Plan for World Class City

    Planning Inspectors today gave the green light to Oxford City’s Local Plan for development, effectively allowing Oxford City’s expansionist approach. CPRE Oxfordshire believes that aggressive and notional growth targets have been disguised as ‘need’ in a Plan that will allow for the doubling of Oxford’s housing within 20 years. This is way […]

  • Secretary of State asked to call in decision on Cherwell Green Belt

    CPRE Oxfordshire has asked Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to call in a forthcoming decision on the allocation of 4,400 houses in the Oxford Green Belt. The proposals are currently going through examination by a Planning Inspector, with consultation on the Main Modifications closing this Friday 20 December. If given the go […]

  • CPRE selects Hogacre Common Eco Park for pilot landscape project

     CPRE Oxfordshire will be supporting the 14-acre community space by providing funds for various initiatives. These include training courses, planting a forest garden, improving access and installing information boards to offer a greater understanding of the site and projects.  The project is being funded by the Essex Trust, as part of a National CPRE pilot […]

  • Massive leisure resort planned for Chesterton village, nr Bicester

    With a footprint of 1.5 times that of Bicester Village this development is on a huge scale and contravenes National Planning Policies and Cherwell District Council policies on greenspace and transport. Cherwell District Local Plan 2031 states proposed developments which will already double the population of Bicester to around 60,000. Opportunistic developers continue to […]

  • CPRE Political Neutral Summary of Party Manifestos

    Undecided Voter? This special edition of the eBulletin, written by Andy Boddington (CPRE South East) summarises the manifesto policies of relevance to the CPRE remit. Media and NGO coverage of the election is excluded to retain political neutrality. There have also been a lot of late announcements, though few on the environment. The Party Manifestos It barely features in […]

  • BBOWT dismayed at HS2 destruction of Calvert Jubilee nature reserve

    We are dismayed to discover that HS2 are destroying parts of our precious Calvert Jubilee nature reserve.

  • Wild Art! comes to Rose Hill

    "Wild Art" that has been created by the Rose Hill community under the guidance of local poet Steve Larkin and visual artist Mani is set to be unleashed at Rivermead Nature Park this weekend.

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