Farmoor Resevoir

The reservoir is situated next to the River Thames approximately five miles to the west of Oxford City. Thames Water manage the site and the public entrance is via Gate 3 on the B4017, Cumnor Road.  NB there is a parking fee. 

A tarmac road runs around the perimeter and over the causeway.  In addition there is a four mile countryside walk that includes woodland, riverside meadows and wetland reserves, ‘Pinkhill’ and ‘Shrike’ Meadows.  There are hides at the wetland reserves and couple around the reservoir. 

It is particularly good for bird watching during the spring and autumn migration and is well known for attracting the occasional rare vagrant.  The Reservoir provides the opportunity to photograph birds relatively close-up,  mainly passage waders stopping off for a break.  Between August and mid-April there is also a large gull roost