Bernwood Forest and Meadows is approximately eight miles northeast of Oxford. Shabbington Wood of Bernwood Forest is managed by the Forestry Commission. Bernwood Meadows is a BBOWT (Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust) reserve.
Entrances, along with the car parks, to both sites are accessed from the road between Stanton St John and Oakley and are situated either side of the Horton-cum-Studley junction. Heading from Stanton St John the entrance for Bernwood Meadows is about ¾ of a mile before the Horton-cum-Studley junction. The entrance for Shabbington Wood is a further mile towards Oakley (about 400 yards beyond the junction).
Both sites provide ideal habitat for butterflies, with Shabbington Wood recognised as one of the most important butterfly sites in the UK.